Visa Bulletin: February 2018 analysis

What are we talking about?

The visa bulletin for the month of February 2018. More specifically, the final action date 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?

For the month of February 2018, and for all countries except the Philippines and Mexico:


Can adjustment of status applicants use filing dates to file the I-485?

Yes, applicants can use filing dates to file the I-485. Applicants can file earlier and the “gain” in days compared to the Final Action Date is significant:


F1?

The first five months of the fiscal year (October 2017 to February 2018) have seen limited progression for F1. After a good January 2018, February is flat again, which is disappointing. You can check out the details of our F1 predictions.


F2A?

The first five months of the fiscal year (October 2017 – February 2018) have seen a progression that is above historical averages. February 2018 is again a solid month. You can checkout the details of our F2A predictions.


F2B?

The first five months (October 2017 – February 2018) have not been fantastic for F2B, although February 2018 was much better. You can checkout the details of our F2B predictions.


F3?

The first five months of the fiscal year (October 2017 – February 2018) have seen a progression that is above historical averages. You can checkout the details of our F3 predictions.


F4?

The first five months of the fiscal year (October 2017 – February 2018) have not been kind to F4, although February 2018 was a slightly better month. You can also checkout our F4 predictions.


 Related Resources

List of all the questions in the DS-260

All the questions in the DS-260, an online form used by the National Visa Center (NVC) to gather information about applicants for family green cards.

U.S. immigration weekly briefing – Jan 5th, 2018

December 2017 visa bulletin. End of TPS for Haitians. Travel ban headed to the Supreme Court. Funding denials to sanctuary cities blocked.

F2A Visa Bulletin Predictions
Family-based Green Card preference 2A: Predictions for the ‘Final Action date’

F2A Visa Bulletin Predictions.