December 2017 Visa Bulletin: Philippines Family 1st Moves Back by 2 Years

December's Visa Bulletin brings only small advancements in general.  Philippines' Family 1st Preference retrogresses by 2 years to January 1, 2005.  EB-3 India advances 3 weeks.  EB-3 China advances 5 weeks. Final Action Dates for EB-3 China remain ahead of EB-2 China.  Hence, Chinese EB-2 employment-based applicants may still take advantage of the "downgrading" mechanism to apply for I-485 adjustment applications earlier.   
AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)FD : Dates for Filing Applications

      Family

Other Coountries

      China

India

Mexico

Philippines

F1

AD

02/01/2011

02/01/2011

02/01/2011

04/01/1996

01/01/2005
FD

01/01/2012

01/01/2012

01/01/2012

11/01/1996

10/01/2007

F2A

AD

12/22/2015
12/22/2015
12/22/2015

11/15/2015

12/22/2015

FD

11/01/2016

11/01/2016

11/01/2016

11/01/2016

11/01/2016

F2B

AD

11/22/2010

11/22/2010

11/22/2010

07/22/1996

07/01/2006
FD

09/01/2011

09/01/2011

09/01/2011

01/01/1997

09/01/2007

F3

AD

09/08/2005

09/08/2005

09/08/2005

05/22/1995

03/08/1995

FD

12/01/2005

12/01/2005

12/01/2005

10/01/1995

06/15/1995

F4

AD

06/08/2004

06/08/2004

11/22/2003

10/08/1997

08/01/1994

FD

11/15/2004

11/15/2004

06/22/2004

02/08/1998

03/01/1995

1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,000 per year).2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)



Employment

Other Counties

China

El Salvador

Guatemala

Honduras

India

Mexico

Philippines

EB1

AD

C

         C

C

          C

C

C

FD

C

C

C

C

C

C

EB2

AD

 C

07/01/2013

C

  11/01/2008

C

C

FD

C

11/15/2013

C

02/08/2009

C

C

EB3

AD

C

03/08/2014

C

10/15/2006

C

01/15/2016

FD

C

09/01/2015

C

01/01/2008

C

08/01/2016

Other Workers

AD

C

07/01/2006

C

10/15/2006

C

01/15/2016

FD

C

06/01/2008

C

01/01/2008

C

08/01/2016

EB4

AD

C

C

11/08/2015

C

04/22/2016

C

FD

C

C

04/15/2016

C

C

C

EB5

AD

C

07/15/2014

C

C

C

C

FD

C

10/01/2014

C

C

C

C


1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding prof./researchers)2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others) 5th: Employment Creation (Investors)


USCIS announced that regarding the filing of I-485 adjustment of status:


For Family-Sponsored Filings:
Applicants must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for December 2017.


For Employment-Based Preference Filings:
Applicants must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for December 2017.

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