Visa Bulletin: August 2018 analysis


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

Visa Bulletin – Final Action Dates for Family – August 2018
Preference
Final action date
Advancement
Remark
F1May 8, 2011+2 weeksF1 has again a positive movement in August 2018 with a 2-week advancement (June 2018 was flat and July 2018 also had a 2-week advancements). However, the Fiscal Year (which started in October 2017) remains one of the worst of the last 20 years.
F2AJul 22, 2016+4 weeksF2A advancement is solid with 4 weeks. The slowdown of July 2018 (2-week advancement only) may have been a temporary.
F2BOct 22, 2011+9 weeksF2B has its best month of the year in August 2018 with a 9-week advancement, following a 7-week advancement July 2018 and a 5-week advancement in June 2018. So U.S. immigration agencies are still building an 'inventory' of interviews and try to get applicants to submit their applications.
F3Jun 15, 2006+6 weeksF3 is having one of its best years on record with another 6-week jump in August 2018 following another 6-week advancement in July 2018.
F4Dec 22, 2004+5 weeksF4 is doing better since February 2018, and August 2018 turns out to be the best month of the year with a 5-week advancement following a 3-week advancement in July 2018.

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

Yes, they can.


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 again a positive movement in August 2018 with a 2-week advancement (June 2018 was flat and July 2018 also had a 2-week advancements). However, the Fiscal Year (which started in October 2017) remains one of the worst of the last 20 years. You can check out the details of our F1 predictions.


F2A?

F2A advancement is solid with 4 weeks. The slowdown of July 2018 (2-week advancement only) may have been a temporary. You can checkout the details of our F2A predictions.


F2B?

F2B has its best month of the year in August 2018 with a 9-week advancement, following a 7-week advancement July 2018 and a 5-week advancement in June 2018. So U.S. immigration agencies are still building an ‘inventory’ of interviews and try to get applicants to submit their applications. 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 August 2018 following another 6-week advancement in July 2018. You can checkout the details of our F3 predictions.


F4?

F4 is doing better since February 2018, and August 2018 turns out to be the best month of the year with a 5-week advancement following a 3-week advancement in July 2018. 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 August 2018.
Family Preference
Chargeability
Final Action Date
Advancement
Filing Date
F1All CountriesApr 8, 2011-5 weeksMar 8, 2012
F1MexicoAug 1, 1997NoneSep 1, 1998
F1PhilippinesNov 15, 2006+15 weeksFeb 15, 2008
F2AAll CountriesJul 22, 2016NoneDec 1, 2017
F2AMexicoJul 1, 2016NoneDec 1, 2017
F2APhilippinesJul 22, 2016NoneDec 1, 2017
F2BAll CountriesNov 1, 2011+1 weeksMar 22, 2014
F2BMexicoApr 22, 1997+3 weeksJun 8, 1997
F2BPhilippinesApr 22, 2007+9 weeksDec 15, 2007
F3All CountriesMay 1, 2006-7 weeksSep 22, 2006
F3MexicoDec 22, 1995+3 weeksOct 8, 1998
F3PhilippinesJun 1, 1995+4 weeksAug 1, 1995
F4All CountriesJan 8, 2005+2 weeksMay 1, 2005
F4IndiaApr 8, 2004+2 weeksJan 1, 2005
F4MexicoJan 15, 1998NoneJun 1, 1998
F4PhilippinesJun 1, 1995+5 weeksDec 1, 1995

Complete your form I-485 online.

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