Visa Bulletin: November 2017 analysis

Last update: February 21, 2018

What are we talking about?

The visa bulletin for the month of November 2017. More specifically, the final action date provided, which determines whether an applicant’s priority date is current or not.

Is this for all green card applicants?

No, this concerns only applicants for U.S. family-based green cards who are not immediate relatives, and who were not born in (or chargeable to) Mexico or the Philippines (and India for F4).

What does the visa bulletin say?

  • F1: January 22nd, 2011
  • F2A: November 15th, 2015
  • F2B: November 15th, 2010
  • F3: August 15th, 2005
  • F4: May 22nd, 2004

Only F1 and F2A are in line with our expectations. F2B, F3, and F4 movement is a bit disappointing.


The final action date advances a month to January 22nd, 2011. This is in line with our expectations. September’s regression was really to manage issuance of green cards.


The final action date advances 3 weeks to November 15th, 2015. This is in line with our expectations and the pattern that we have witnessed the last 2 years.


The final action dates advances 1 week to November 15th, 2015. Considering the general softness of the last 24 months, we were expecting to see the beginning of a catch-up. Even U.S. immigration agencies were talking about an advancement of up to a month in the visa bulletin of October 2017. So this is a bit disappointing.


The final action dates advances three weeks to August 15th, 2005. We could have hoped for a bit of a stronger start of the year, but it does look like we are going to have to settle for a 3 or 4 weeks advancement each month for the foreseeable future.


The final action dates advances 2 weeks to May 22nd, 2004. It makes November a bit disappointing. Considering that a 2 or 3 weeks advancement for F4 was mentioned by U.S. immigration agencies, we were certainly hoping to be more on the 3-week side. To be monitored.

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