Visa Bulletin: April 2018 analysis

What are we talking about?

The visa bulletin for the month of April 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 April 2018, and for all countries except the Philippines and Mexico:

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

Yes, they can:


The first seven months of the fiscal year (Oct. ’17 to Feb. ’18) have seen limited progression for F1, except for the month of January. April shows at least positive movement, and is in line with our new revised (lower) expectations. You can check out the details of our F1 predictions.


Fiscal Year 2018 has been a solid year for F2A so far. April is another solid month. You can checkout the details of our F2A predictions.


The change in trend that started in Feb. ’18 has been confirmed in March and April. This is starting to look like a ‘come-from-behind’ story. You can checkout the details of our F2B predictions.


Another very solid month in April for F3. The beginning of Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. ’17 – Apr. ’18) is in the top 3 of the last 20 years. You can checkout the details of our F3 predictions.


The uptick that we started to notice in Feb. ’18 is again confirmed in April. It might not be the best year for F4, but it no longer looks like an utter disaster. You can also checkout our F4 predictions.

Full family Visa Bulletin?

Visa Bulletin April 2018

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