Visa Bulletin: June 2018 analysis

What are we talking about?

The ‘Final Action Date’ published in Visa Bulletin for June 2018. Only applicants who have priority date that is ‘current’ (when compared with the ‘Final Action Date’) may see the process of scheduling a Green Card interview initiated by U.S. immigration agencies.


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).


Visa bulletin for the month of June 2018 for all countries except the Philippines and Mexico:

Visa Bulletin – Final Action Dates for Family – June 2018
Preference
Final action date
Advancement
Remark
F1Apr 8, 2011NoneFiscal Year 2018 (Oct. '17 - Jun. '18) has been a disappointing for F1 so far, and this is again confirmed in June with no movement forward. On the positive side though, there was no retrogression, and it will hopefully remain the case.
F2AJun 8, 20161 weekFor the first time in Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. '17 - Jun. '18), there is a bit of a slowdown in June 2018, with only a one week advancement. Does that mean that we need to prepare ourselves for slower advancement this coming summer, or is it a temporary slowdown. July 2018 will tell us more.
F2BJun 22, 20115 weeksIt really looks like the Final Action Dates for F2B were not moved forward in the first 4 months of Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. '17 - Jan. '18). Ever since, it feels like the Visa Bulletin has been playing catch-up, and the acceleration is even more notable in June 2018 with a 5-week jump forward.
F3Mar 15, 20066 weeksFiscal Year 2018 (Oct. '17 - Jun. '18) has been a very strong year for F3, placing it in the top 3 of the last 20 years. June 2018 was an even stronger month than usual, probably meaning that U.S. immigration agencies still want to build an 'inventory' of interviews to be conducted before the end of the Fiscal Year in September 2018.
F4Oct 22, 20043 weeksThe first 4 months of Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. '17 - Jan. '18) have seen limited advancement for F4, but things got better ever since. June 2018, which saw a 3-week advancement, is another sign that F4 is on a more favourable path.

Adjustment of status applicants can use the ‘Filing Date’ to submit their I-485:

Visa Bulletin – Filing Dates for Family – May 2018.
Preference
Filing date
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?

Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. ’17 – Jun. ’18) has been a disappointing for F1 so far, and this is again confirmed in June with no movement forward. On the positive side though, there was no retrogression, and it will hopefully remain the case. You can check out the details of our F1 predictions.


F2A?

For the first time in Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. ’17 – Jun. ’18), there is a bit of a slowdown in June 2018, with only a one week advancement. Does that mean that we need to prepare ourselves for slower advancement this coming summer, or is it a temporary slowdown. July 2018 will tell us more. You can checkout the details of our F2A predictions.


F2B?

It really looks like the Final Action Dates for F2B were not moved forward in the first 4 months of Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. ’17 – Jan. ’18). Ever since, it feels like the Visa Bulletin has been playing catch-up, and the acceleration is even more notable in June 2018 with a 5-week jump forward. You can checkout the details of our F2B predictions.


F3?

Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. ’17 – Jun. ’18) has been a very strong year for F3, placing it in the top 3 of the last 20 years. June 2018 was an even stronger month than usual, probably meaning that U.S. immigration agencies still want to build an ‘inventory’ of interviews to be conducted before the end of the Fiscal Year in September 2018. You can checkout the details of our F3 predictions.


F4?

The first 4 months of Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. ’17 – Jan. ’18) have seen limited advancement for F4, but things got better ever since. June 2018, which saw a 3-week advancement, is another sign that F4 is on a more favorable path. You can also checkout our F4 predictions.


Full family Visa Bulletin?

Family Visa Bulletin Dates for June 2018.
Family Preference
Final Action Date
Advancement
Filing Date
F1All CountriesApr 22, 20112 weeksMar 8, 2012
F1MexicoAug 1, 19978 weeksSep 1, 1998
F1PhilippinesJun 1, 20069 weeksFeb 15, 2008
F2AAll CountriesJun 22, 20162 weeksDec 1, 2017
F2AMexicoJune 8, 20164 weeksDec 1, 2017
F2APhilippinesJun 22, 20162 weeksDec 1, 2017
F2BAll CountriesAug 15, 20117 weeksJan 8, 2012
F2BMexicoMar 8, 19973 weeksJune 8, 1997
F2BPhilippinesFeb 1, 20072 weeksDec 15, 2007
F3All CountriesMay 1, 20066 weeksSep 22, 2006
F3MexicoDec 1, 19958 weeksOct 8, 1998
F3PhilippinesApr 15, 19951 weekAug 1, 1995
F4All CountriesNov 15, 20043 weeksMay 1, 2005
F4IndiaMar 22, 20041 weekJan 1, 2005
F4MexicoJan 15, 19981 weekJune 1, 1998
F4PhilippinesMar 2, 19951 weekDec 1, 1995

Complete your form I-485 online.

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