Visa Bulletin: May 2018 analysis

What are we talking about?

The Visa Bulletin for family Green Card applicants for the month of May 2018. More specifically, the Final Action Date, which determines whether an applicant’s priority date is ‘current’ or not. Only applicants with a ‘current’ priority date may have their Green Card interview scheduled.


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 May 2018, and for all countries except the Philippines and Mexico:

Visa Bulletin – Final Action Dates for Family – May 2018
Preference
Final action date
Advancement
Remark
F1Apr 8, 20110F1 is a disappointment this fiscal year so far. We have already revised our predictions lower. Do we need to do it again? June will be telling.
F2AJun 1, 20164 weeksF2A pursues its steady path towards what looks to be a solid year. No surprise here.
F2BMay 15, 20115 weeksIt looks like F2B might be the 'come-back-from-behind' story of the year. After 4 months (Oct. '17 - Jan. '18) when not much happened, Feb. '18 to May. '18 have seen material movement forward.
F3Feb 1, 20063 weeksAnother solid month in May for F3. The beginning of Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. '17 - May. '18) is in the top 3 of the last 20 years.
F4Oct 1, 20042 weeksThings started to get better for F4 starting in Feb. '18. May is again confirming a steady positive trend. It might not be the best year for F4, but it could end up being an 'average' year.

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

Yes they can. See the ‘gain’ from using filing dates:

Visa Bulletin – Filing Dates for Family – May 2018.
Preference
Gain in days
F1Jan 8, 20129 months and 5 days
F2ASep 22, 20171 year 3 months and 23 days
F2BSep 8, 20113 months and 26 days
F3Sep 8, 20067 months and 9 days
F4Apr 1, 20056 months and 2 days

F1?

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 and the movement we saw in April is not confirmed in May. So, F1 is a disappointment this fiscal year so far. We have already revised our predictions lower. Do we need to do it again? June will be telling. You can check out the details of our F1 predictions.


F2A?

Fiscal Year 2018 has been a solid year for F2A so far, and May is another confirmation. No surprise here.. You can checkout the details of our F2A predictions.


F2B?

It looks like F2B might be the ‘come-back-from-behind’ story of the year. After 4 months (Oct. ’17 – Jan. ’18) when not much happened, Feb. ’18 to May. ’18 have seen material movement forward. You can checkout the details of our F2B predictions.


F3?

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


F4?

Things started to get better for F4 starting in Feb. ’18. May is again confirming a steady positive trend. It might not be the best year for F4, but it could end up being an ‘average’ year. You can also checkout our F4 predictions.


Full family Visa Bulletin?

Family Visa Bulletin Dates for May 2018.
Family Preference
Final Action Date
Advancement
Filing Date
F1All CountriesApr 8, 20110Jan 8, 2012
F1MexicoJun 1, 199728 weeksJul 15, 1998
F1PhilippinesMar 22, 20068 weeksOct 8, 2007
F2AAll CountriesJun 8, 20161 weekSep 22, 2017
F2AMexicoMay 8, 20162 weeksSep 22, 2017
F2APhilippinesJun 8, 20161 weekSep 22, 2017
F2BAll CountriesJun 22, 20115 weeksSep 8, 2011
F2BMexicoFeb 15, 199710 weeksMay 22, 1997
F2BPhilippinesJan 15, 20074 weeksSep 8, 2007
F3All CountriesMar 15, 20066 weeksSep 8, 2006
F3MexicoOct 1, 19954 weeksSep 22, 1998
F3PhilippinesApr 8, 19951 weekJul 22, 1995
F4All CountriesOct 22, 20043 weeksApr 1, 2005
F4IndiaMar 15, 20042 weeksDec 1, 2004
F4MexicoJan 8, 19980May 8, 1998
F4PhilippinesFeb 22, 19953 weeksOct 15, 1995

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