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.


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 01DEC11
01DEC11 01DEC11 08AUG97 08APR07
F2A 01MAR17 01MAR17 01MAR17 15FEB17 01MAR17
F2B 22OCT12 22OCT12 22OCT12 01DEC97 01AUG07
F3 22SEP06 22SEP06 22SEP06 08FEB96 01JUN96
F4 01JAN06 01JAN06 15JUL04 08FEB98 01JUN96

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 01JUL12 01JUL12 01JUL12 01OCT99 08APR08
F2A 15DEC17 15DEC17 15DEC17 15DEC17 15DEC17
F2B 01JUL14 01JUL14 01JUL14 01JUL98 01MAR08
F3 22APR07 22APR07 22APR07 15JUN00 01SEP97
F4 01AUG06 01AUG06 15FEB05 15NOV98 15JAN98

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 01FEB18 22FEB17 01FEB18 22FEB17 01FEB18 01FEB18 01FEB18
2nd C 01APR16 C 12APR09 C C C
3rd C 01AUG15 C 22JUN09 C 01MAR18 C
Other Workers C 22AUG07 C 22JUN09 C 01MAR18 C
4th C C 08MAR16 C 01APR18 C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 08MAR16 C 01APR18 C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 15SEP14 C C C C 22AUG16
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 15SEP14 C C C C 22AUG16

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 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01JUN18
2nd C 01JUL16 C 01JUN09 C C
3rd C 01JAN16 C 01APR10 C 01JUL18
Other Workers C 01JUN08 C 01APR10 C 01JUL18
4th C C 15MAY16 C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 15MAY16 C C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 08OCT14 C C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 08OCT14 C C C C

DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT CATEGORIES

Diversity Immigrant (DV) Category for the Month of April

For April, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2019 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 18,900 Except:  Egypt  15,100
ASIA 6,400

Except:  Nepal  4,200

EUROPE 18,500
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)  12
OCEANIA 725
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN
875

The Diversity (DV) Immigrant Category Rank Cutoffs Which Will Apply in May

For May, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2019 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 24,500 Except: Egypt  18,400
ASIA 7,800 Except: Nepal  4,925
EUROPE 21,900
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)  13
OCEANIA 900
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN
900
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