Below is select information for the current month about Family-Sponsored, Employment-Based preferences and Diversity Immigration info for Visas, taken from the U.S. Department of State. The information presented is for informational purposes only. For more information, or to view full official VISA bulletins, Click Here.


May 2018

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored Preference Cases

On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants; and "U" means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available. (NOTE: Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.)

Family-
Sponsored
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 08APR11
08APR11 08APR11 15NOV96 22JAN06
F2A 01JUN16 01JUN16 01JUN16 22APR16 01JUN16
F2B 15MAY11 15MAY11 15MAY11 01DEC96 15DEC06
F3 01FEB06 01FEB06 01FEB06 01SEP95 01APR95
F4 01OCT04 01OCT04 01MAR04 08JAN98 01FEB95

Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Visa Applications

The chart below reflects dates for filing visa applications within a timeframe justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date in the chart below may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions. The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa. If a category is designated “current,” all applicants in the relevant category may file applications, regardless of priority date.

The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date which is earlier than the listed date may file their application.

Family-
Sponsored
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 08JAN12 08JAN12 08JAN12 15JUL98 08OCT07
F2A 22SEP17 22SEP17 22SEP17 22SEP17 22SEP17
F2B 08SEP11 08SEP11 08SEP11 22MAY97 08SEP07
F3 08SEP06 08SEP06 08SEP06 22SEP98 22JUL95
F4 01APR05 01APR05 01DEC04 08MAY98 15OCT95

May 2018

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases

On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are authorized for issuance to all qualified applicants; and "U" means unauthorized, i.e., numbers are not authorized for issuance. (NOTE: Numbers are authorized for issuance only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.)

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES VIETNAM
1st C 01JAN12 C 01JAN12 C C C
2nd C 01SEP14 C 22DEC08 C C C
3rd C 01JUN15 C 01MAY08 C 01JAN17 C
Other Workers C 01MAY07 C 01MAY08 C 01JAN17 C
4th C C 15DEC15 C 22OCT16 C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 15DEC15 C 22OCT16 C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 22JUL14 C C C C 22JUL14
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 22JUL14 C C C C 22JUL14

Dates for Filing of Employment-Based Visa Applications

The chart below reflects dates for filing visa applications within a timeframe justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date in the chart may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions. The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa. If a category is designated “current,” all applicants in the relevant category may file, regardless of priority date.

The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date which is earlier than the listed date may file their application.

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C C
2nd C 01FEB15 C 01APR09 C C
3rd C 01JAN16 C 01SEP08 C 01JUL17
Other Workers C 01JUN08 C 01SEP08 C 01JUL17
4th C C 15APR16 C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 15APR16 C C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 01SEP14 C C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 01SEP14 C C C C

May 2018

DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT CATEGORIES

Diversity Immigrant (DV) Category for the Month of May

For May, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2018 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA 24,800 EXCEPT:
Egypt: 16,400
Ethiopia: 23,600
ASIA 6,425 EXCEPT:
Nepal: 5,300
EUROPE 18,050
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 14
OCEANIA 1,025
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN 1,100

The Diversity (DV) Immigrant Category Rank Cutoffs Which Will Apply in June, 2018

For June, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2018 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA 28,300 EXCEPT:
Egypt: 18,150
Ethiopia: 26,000
ASIA 7,800 EXCEPT:
Nepal: 5,900
EUROPE 20,300
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 16
OCEANIA 1,100
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN 1,275