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 08AUG11
08AUG11 08AUG11 01AUG97 15FEB07
F2A 08OCT16 08OCT16 08OCT16 22SEP16 08OCT16
F2B 15FEB12 15FEB12 15FEB12 08JUN97 08JUN07
F3 01AUG06 01AUG06 01AUG06 22DEC95 08JUL95
F4 22APR05 22APR05 08JUN04 08FEB98 15JUL95

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 08MAR12 08MAR12 08MAR12 22APR99 15FEB08
F2A 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17
F2B 22MAR14 22MAR14 22MAR14 01AUG97 15DEC07
F3 08JAN07 08JAN07 08JAN07 08OCT99 01JUN97
F4 01FEB06 01FEB06 01JAN05 15SEP98 22APR97

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 01JUL17 01SEP16 01JUL17 01SEP16 01JUL17 01JUL17 01JUL17
2nd C 01JUL15 C 01APR09 C C C
3rd C 08JUN15 C 01MAR09 C 15JUN17 C
Other Workers C 01JUN07 C 01MAR09 C 15JUN17 C
4th C C 22FEB16 C 01JAN17 C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 22FEB16 C 01JAN17 C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 22AUG14 C C C C 01MAY16
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 22AUG14 C C C C 01MAY16

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 08SEP15 C 22MAY09 C C
3rd C 01DEC15 C 01JAN10 C 01AUG17
Other Workers C 01JUN08 C 01JAN10 C 01AUG17
4th C C 01MAY16 C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01MAY16 C C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 01OCT14 C C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 01OCT14 C C C C

DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT CATEGORIES

Diversity Immigrant (DV) Category for the Month of December

For December, 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 9,800 Except: Egypt  6,200
ASIA 2,900 Except: Iran    2,200
            Nepal  1,500
EUROPE 6,600  
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)  11  
OCEANIA 290  
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN
475  

The Diversity (DV) Immigrant Category Rank Cutoffs Which Will Apply in January, 2019

For January, 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 13,100 Except: Egypt  8,300
ASIA 3,800 Except: Iran    2,900
            Nepal  2,150
EUROPE 8,800  
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)  12  
OCEANIA 350  
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN
550