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June 2018 Department of State Immigration Visa Bulletin Updates

The Department of State’s (DOS) June 2018 Visa Bulletin showed very little movement in the employment-based categories.  Referring to the Final Action Dates, the following are the updates from the Department of State for the June Visa Bulletin:

EB-1: China Mainland and India had no movement, with a cut-off date of Jan. 1, 2012.  All other categories remain current.

EB-2: The cutoff date for worldwide chargeability, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, and the Philippines all remain current.  India EB-2 moved forward slightly by just a few days, from Dec. 22, 2008, to Dec. 26, 2008, while China EB-2 remained the same, at Sept. 1, 2014.

EB-3:  In the EB-3 category, the cutoff date for worldwide chargeability remains current, as do the El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras and Mexico categories.  China Mainland, India, and the Philippines had no movement at all. The cut off for China EB-3 remains June 1, 2015; India EB-3 at May 1, 2008; and The Philippines at Jan. 1, 2017.

For those in the EB-5 category, the priority date remains current for all applicants other than those born in mainland China, where the cutoff advanced from July 22, 2014, to Aug. 1, 2014; and Vietnam which moved slightly from July 22, 2014, to Aug. 1, 2014.

For those seeking to adjust status, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website indicates that the Department’s Application Final Action Dates chart must be used for filing Form I-485.  This has not yet been updated with the June 2018 dates; however, we anticipate that USCIS will continue to follow Application Final Action Dates for June as it has to date.

Referring to the Final Action Dates, the following are the updates for the June Visa Bulletin:

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Cases

Dates for Filing Employment-Based Visa Applications

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About this Author

Patricia Elmas, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Northern Virginia, Immigration Law Attorney
Assistant Director

Patricia A. Elmas’ career spans over 22 years in the legal field, with 20 years of experience in the business immigration and compliance field. Her experience focuses on nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for the business, technology, public relations, managed care, research and entertainment communities, with specialization in obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for multi-national corporations, start-ups, extraordinary business professionals, and individuals. She leads a team of immigration professionals, supervises and mentors paralegals and provides case...