October 2018 Visa Bulletin Predictions

Change:
For official July 2018 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: http://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2018/visa-bulletin-july-2018.aspx

Please see October 2018 Visa Bulletin Predictions below (for both Family Based and Employment Based):

Family Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F122MAY1122MAY1122MAY1122DEC9701NOV06
F2A01SEP1601SEP1601SEP1622AUG1601SEP16
F2B22OCT1122OCT1122OCT1115MAY9722FEB07
F315JUL0615JUL0615JUL0601FEB9615MAY95
F401JAN0501JAN0508MAY0422FEB9801JUL95
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F101MAY1201MAY1201MAY1208APR9922MAR08
F2A01MAY1801MAY1801MAY1801MAY1801MAY18
F2B08FEB1208FEB1208FEB1222AUG9722JAN08
F301DEC0601DEC0601DEC0615AUG9915SEP95
F408JUN0508JUN0515FEB0508JUL9815FEB96

Employment Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Employment-
based
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICO PHILIPPINES
1stC22MAR1222MAR12CC
2ndC15JUN1515MAY09CC
3rdC01APR1308JUL09C01SEP17
Other WorkersCTBD08JUL09C01SEP17
4thCCC22MAR16C
Certain Religious WorkersCCC22MAR16C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C22OCT14CCC
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C22OCT14CCC
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Employment-
based
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICO PHILIPPINES
1stCCCCC
2ndC15AUG1515JUN09CC
3rdC01FEB1622DEC09C01JAN18
Other WorkersCTBD22DEC09C01JAN18
4thCCCCC
Certain Religious WorkersCCCCC
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C22DEC14CCC
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C22DEC14CCC

If you have not done it, please remember to add or update your I-130/NVC/I-140/I-485 case in the free GC tracker: https://www.mygcvisa.com/ tracker/

It would be very useful to understand how USCIS is currently processing these cases. It would also help in estimating date movements in future visa bulletin.

The dates above have been calculated from data provided by USCIS/DOS. It does not include future demand (which can increase or decrease anytime). Hence data will keep changing every month. We will update these tables as we get more data from USCIS or DOS.

Similar to EB3 category movement, we have previously added a blog post for EB2 category forward movement. Please click here for FB category.

Next Steps: If priority date is current and

1. If applicant is inside US, they will have to file I-485: https://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/04/how-to-file-i-485-application.html

2. If applicant is outside US, it will be sent to NVC: https://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/09/nvc-consular-processing-steps.html

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