Visa Bulletin: July 2018 analysis


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

Visa Bulletin – Final Action Dates for Family – July 2018
Preference
Final action date
Advancement
Remark
F1Apr 22, 20112 WeeksF1 has at least positive movement in July 2018 (June 2018 was flat). The year (the Fiscal Year which started in October 2017) remains one of the worst of the last 20 years however. Hopefully, things will get a little bit better in the last 3 months of the year (August to September 2018).
F2AJun 22, 20162 weeksF2A advancement is slowing down in July 2018. The pattern that we saw last Fiscal Year with a more rapid advancement in the first 8 months followed by a more limited advancement is re-emerging. It is a good approach because it enables more interviews to be scheduled, and makes it easier to allocate all the available Green Cards. We are lowering our predictions for the last 3 months of the year a bit (August to September 2018).
F2BAug 15, 20117 weeksF2B has its best month of the year in July 2018. We had all noticed how much faster F2B is advancing since February 2018, but July 2018 exceeds expectations, especially after a strong June (+ 5 weeks). So U.S. immigration agencies are building an 'inventory' of interviews. How fast applicant respond, will determine the advancement of the last few months of the Fiscal Year (August to September 2018).
F3May 1, 20066 weeksF3 is having one of its best years on record with another 6-week jump in July 2018. We are improving our predictions for the last 3 months of the year (August to September 2018) as it looks like U.S. immigration agencies are still trying to build up an 'inventory' of interviews.
F4Nov 15, 20043 weeksF4 is doing better since February 2018, and July confirms this trend with a 3-week advancement. We are reasonably hopeful that the last 3 months of the Fiscal Year (August to September) will see the same kind of advancement.

Can adjustment of status applicants can use the ‘Filing Date’ to submit their I-485?

We do not know yet. Check back for updates.


Are Immigration Planner’s predictions for all green card applicants?

No, only family applicants who are chargeable to ‘All Countries’ (not Mexico, not the Philippines, not F4-India).


F1?

F1 has at least positive movement in July 2018 (June 2018 was flat). The year (the Fiscal Year which started in October 2017) remains one of the worst of the last 20 years however. Hopefully, things will get a little bit better in the last 3 months of the year (August to September 2018). You can check out the details of our F1 predictions.


F2A?

F2A advancement is slowing down in July 2018. The pattern that we saw last Fiscal Year with a more rapid advancement in the first 8 months followed by a more limited advancement is re-emerging. It is a good approach because it enables more interviews to be scheduled, and makes it easier to allocate all the available Green Cards. We are lowering our predictions for the last 3 months of the year a bit (August to September 2018). You can checkout the details of our F2A predictions.


F2B?

F2B has its best month of the year in July 2018. We had all noticed how much faster F2B is advancing since February 2018, but July 2018 exceeds expectations, especially after a strong June (+ 5 weeks). So U.S. immigration agencies are building an ‘inventory’ of interviews. How fast applicant respond, will determine the advancement of the last few months of the Fiscal Year (August to September 2018). You can checkout the details of our F2B predictions.


F3?

F3 is having one of its best years on record with another 6-week jump in July 2018. We are improving our predictions for the last 3 months of the year (August to September 2018) as it looks like U.S. immigration agencies are still trying to build up an ‘inventory’ of interviews. You can checkout the details of our F3 predictions.


F4?

F4 is doing better since February 2018, and July confirms this trend with a 3-week advancement. We are reasonably hopeful that the last 3 months of the Fiscal Year (August to September) will see the same kind of advancement. You can also checkout our F4 predictions.


How do I use these predictions?

Only applicants who have priority date that is ‘current’ when compared to the ‘Final Action Date’ can have the process of scheduling a Green Card interview initiated by U.S. immigration agencies. Being ‘current’ means that the applicant’s priority date is ‘earlier’ than the Final Action Date that applies to them: if the Final Action Date is January 1st, 2017; then applicants with a priority date of December 25th 2016 are current;  but applicants with a priority date of January 5th, 2017 are not current.

The month when the applicant’s priority date is current, U.S. immigration agencies look for an available Interview slot in the month after next (if the applicant’s priority date becomes current in January, then they will start looking for slots in March). How long applicants wait depend on how busy the U.S. Consulate or USCIS Field office is.


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).


Full family Visa Bulletin?

Family Visa Bulletin Dates for July 2018.
Family Preference
Chargeability
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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