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    This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during August for: “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center.

    Visa Bulletin - August 2018

  • Type: Visa Bulletin
    Post date: Jul 13th 2018
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    Number 20

    Volume X
    Washington, D.C

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    A. STATUTORY NUMBERS

    This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during August for: “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center.

    Unless otherwise indicated on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo, individuals seeking to file applications for adjustment of status with USCIS in the Department of Homeland Security must use the “Final Action Dates” charts below for determining when they can file such applications. When USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for the fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, USCIS will state on its website that applicants may instead use the “Dates for Filing Visa Applications” charts in this Bulletin. 

    1.  Procedures for determining dates. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; USCIS reports applicants for adjustment of status. Allocations in the charts below were made, to the extent possible, in chronological order of reported priority dates, for demand received by July 10th. If not all demand could be satisfied, the category or foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed oversubscribed. The final action date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits. If it becomes necessary during the monthly allocation process to retrogress a final action date, supplemental requests for numbers will be honored only if the priority date falls within the new final action date announced in this bulletin. If at any time an annual limit were reached, it would be necessary to immediately make the preference category “unavailable”, and no further requests for numbers would be honored.

    2.  Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets an annual minimum family-sponsored preference limit of 226,000.  The worldwide level for annual employment-based preference immigrants is at least 140,000.  Section 202 prescribes that the per-country limit for preference immigrants is set at 7% of the total annual family-sponsored and employment-based preference limits, i.e., 25,620.  The dependent area limit is set at 2%, or 7,320.

    3.  INA Section 203(e) provides that family-sponsored and employment-based preference visas be issued to eligible immigrants in the order in which a petition in behalf of each has been filed. Section 203(d) provides that spouses and children of preference immigrants are entitled to the same status, and the same order of consideration, if accompanying or following to join the principal. The visa prorating provisions of Section 202(e) apply to allocations for a foreign state or dependent area when visa demand exceeds the per-country limit. These provisions apply at present to the following oversubscribed chargeability areas:  CHINA-mainland born, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, INDIA, MEXICO, PHILIPPINES, and VIETNAM.

    4.  Section 203(a) of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of Family-sponsored immigrant visas as follows: 

    FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

    First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

    Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:

    A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

    B. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents:  23% of the overall second preference limitation.

    Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

    Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

    A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES

    On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are authorized for issuance to all qualified applicants; and "U" means unauthorized, i.e., numbers are not authorized for issuance. (NOTE: Numbers are authorized for issuance only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the final action date listed below.)

    Family-
    Sponsored 

    All Chargeability 
    Areas Except
    Those Listed

    CHINA-mainland 
    born

    INDIA

    MEXICO

    PHILIPPINES 

    F1

    08MAY11

    08MAY11

    08MAY11

    01AUG97

    01AUG06

    F2A

    22JUL16

    22JUL16

    22JUL16

    01JUL16

    22JUL16

    F2B

    22OCT11

    22OCT11

    22OCT11

    01APR97

    15FEB07

    F3

    15JUN06

    15JUN06

    15JUN06

    01DEC95 

    01MAY95

    F4

    22DEC04

    22DEC04

    22MAR04

    15JAN98

    22APR95

    *NOTE: For August, F2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01JUL16. F2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01JUL16 and earlier than 22JUL16. All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit.

    B.  DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONS

    The chart below reflects dates for filing visa applications within a timeframe justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart below may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions. The application date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa. If a category is designated “current,” all applicants in the relevant category may file applications, regardless of priority date.

    The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date which is earlier than the listed date may file their application.

    Visit www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo for information on whether USCIS has determined that this chart can be used (in lieu of the chart in paragraph 4.A.) this month for filing applications for adjustment of status with USCIS. 

    Family-
    Sponsored 

    All Chargeability 
    Areas Except
    Those Listed

    CHINA-
    mainland 
    born

    INDIA

    MEXICO

    PHILIPPINES 

    F1

    08MAR12

    08MAR12

    08MAR12

    01SEP98

    15FEB08

    F2A

    01DEC17

    01DEC17

    01DEC17

    01DEC17

    01DEC17

    F2B

    08JAN12

    08JAN12

    08JAN12

    08JUN97

    15DEC07

    F3

    22SEP06

    22SEP06

    22SEP06

    08OCT98

    01AUG95

    F4

    01MAY05

    01MAY05

    01JAN05

    01JUN98

    01DEC95

    5.  Section 203(b) of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of Employment-based immigrant visas as follows: 

    EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

    First:  Priority Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

    Second:  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.      

    Third:  Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to "*Other Workers".

    Fourth:  Certain Special Immigrants:  7.1% of the worldwide level.

    Fifth:  Employment Creation:  7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of Pub. L. 102-395.

    A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

    On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are authorized for issuance to all qualified applicants; and "U" means unauthorized, i.e., numbers are not authorized for issuance. (NOTE: Numbers are authorized for issuance only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the final action date listed below.)

    Employment-
    based

    All Chargeability 
    Areas Except
    Those Listed

    CHINA-
    mainland 
    born

    EL SALVADOR
    GUATEMALA
    HONDURAS

    INDIA

    MEXICO

    PHILIPPINES

    VIETNAM

    1st

    01MAY16

    01JAN12

    01MAY16

    01JAN12

    01MAY16

    01MAY16

    01MAY16

    2nd

    01MAR15

    C

    15MAR09

    C

    C

    C

    3rd

    C

    01JUL14

    C

    01JAN09 

    01JUN17

    C

    Other Workers

    C

    01MAY07

    01JAN09

    01JUN17

    C

    4th

    C

    C

    08FEB16

    08FEB16

    08FEB16

    C

    C

    Certain Religious Workers

    C

    C

    08FEB16

    08FEB16

    08FEB16

    C

    C

    5th Non-Regional Center
    (C5 and T5)

    C

    01AUG14

    C

    C

    C

    C

    01AUG14

    5th Regional Center
    (I5 and R5)

    C

    01AUG14

    C

    C

    C

    C

    01AUG14

    *Employment Third Preference Other Workers Category:  Section 203(e) of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997, as amended by Section 1(e) of Pub. L. 105-139, provides that once the Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) cut-off date has reached the priority date of the latest EW petition approved prior to November 19, 1997, the 10,000 EW numbers available for a fiscal year are to be reduced by up to 5,000 annually beginning in the following fiscal year. This reduction is to be made for as long as necessary to offset adjustments under the NACARA program. Since the EW cut-off date reached November 19, 1997 during Fiscal Year 2001, the reduction in the EW annual limit to 5,000 began in Fiscal Year 2002.

    B.  DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

    The chart below reflects dates for filing visa applications within a timeframe justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions. The application date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa. If a category is designated “current,” all applicants in the relevant category may file, regardless of priority date.

    The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date which is earlier than the listed date may file their application.

    Visit www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo for information on whether USCIS has determined that this chart can be used (in lieu of the chart in paragraph 5.A.) this month for filing applications for adjustment of status with USCIS. 

    Employment-
    based

    All Chargeability
    Areas Except
    Those Listed

    CHINA-
    mainland 
    born

    EL SALVADOR
    GUATEMALA
    HONDURAS

    INDIA

    MEXICO 

    PHILIPPINES 

    1st

    C

    C

    C

    C

    C

    C

    2nd

    C

    01APR15

    C

    22MAY09 

    C

    C

    3rd

    C

    01JAN16

    C

    01MAY09

    C

    01JUL17

    Other Workers

    C

    01JUN08

    C

    01MAY09

    C

    01JUL17

    4th

    C

    C

    01MAY16

    C

    C

    C

    Certain Religious Workers

    C

    C

    01MAY16

    C

    C

    C

    5th Non-Regional Center
    (C5 and T5)

    C

    01OCT14

    C

    C

    C

    C

    5th Regional Center
    (I5 and R5)

    C

    01OCT14

    C

    C

    C

    C

    6.  The Department of State has a recorded message with the Final Action date information which can be heard at:  (202) 485-7699.  This recording is updated on or about the tenth of each month with information on final action dates for the following month.

    B.  DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT (DV) CATEGORY FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

    Section 203(c) of the INA provides up to 55,000 immigrant visas each fiscal year to permit additional immigration opportunities for persons from countries with low admissions during the previous five years. The NACARA stipulates that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NACARA program. This resulted in reduction of the DV-2018 annual limit to 50,000. DV visas are divided among six geographic regions.  No one country can receive more than seven percent of the available diversity visas in any one year.

    For August, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2018 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

    Region

    All DV Chargeability Areas Except
    Those Listed Separately

     

    AFRICA

    CURRENT

    Except:
    Egypt:      21,325

    ASIA

    CURRENT

    Except:
    Nepal:       6,950

    EUROPE

    23,325

     

    NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 

    CURRENT

     

    OCEANIA

    1,400

     

    SOUTH AMERICA,
    and the CARIBBEAN

    1,585

     

    Entitlement to immigrant status in the DV category lasts only through the end of the fiscal (visa) year for which the applicant is selected in the lottery. The year of entitlement for all applicants registered for the DV-2018 program ends as of September 30, 2018. DV visas may not be issued to DV-2018 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2018 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2018. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-2018 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30.

    C.  THE DIVERSITY (DV) IMMIGRANT CATEGORY RANK CUT-OFFS WHICH WILL APPLY IN SEPTEMBER

    For September, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2018 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

    Region

    All DV Chargeability Areas Except
    Those Listed Separately

     

    AFRICA

    39,500

     

    ASIA

    CURRENT

     

    EUROPE

    25,775

     

    NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 

    CURRENT

     

    OCEANIA

    1,450

     

    SOUTH AMERICA,
    and the CARIBBEAN

    1,715

     

    D.  SPECIAL IMMIGRANT (SI) TRANSLATOR CATEGORY VISA AVAILABILITY

    Given the limited availability of visa numbers and the existing demand, the Department expects to reach the FY-2018 annual limit of 50 Special Immigrant Visas in the SI category early this year. As a result, it has been necessary to maintain an August Final Action Date of April 22, 2012. Once the annual limit of 50 visas is reached, further issuances in the SI category will not be possible until October 2018, under the FY-2019 annual limit. The SQ Special Immigrant Visa category for certain Iraqi and Afghan nationals employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq or Afghanistan is not affected and remains current.

    E.  FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA AVAILABILITY DURING SEPTEMBER

    The level of applicant demand being received in several preference categories has been steadily increasing.  Although it is too early to tell at this time, continued high levels of demand might require the retrogression of one or more final action dates for September.  Such action would be necessary to hold number use within the overall worldwide annual limits. 

    INDIA:  The level of applicant demand being received in the Family Third and Fourth preference categories in recent months has increased dramatically.  It is expected that one or both of these final action dates will be retrogressed for September.  Such action would be necessary to hold number use within the per-country annual limit. 

    Any retrogression of the above mentioned preferences would be temporary and in October, the first month of fiscal year 2019, the final action dates would be returned to those established for August.

    F.  OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF AUGUST EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CATEGORIES

    WORLDWIDE, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, MEXICO, AND PHILIPPINES EMPLOYMENT-BASED FIRST (E1) PREFERENCE:  As readers were advised in item F of the July Visa Bulletin, there continues to be an extremely high rate of demand for E1 numbers, primarily for USCIS adjustment of status applicants. Therefore, pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, it has been necessary to impose an E1 Final Action Date for the month of August, with this date being imposed immediately. This action will allow the Department to hold worldwide number use within the maximum allowed under the FY-2018 annual limits.  

    INDIA Employment-based Fourth (E4) AND Certain Religious Workers (SR) preference categories:  There has been extremely high demand in these preference categories. Pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, it has been necessary to impose E4 and SR Final Action Dates for India, which has reached its per-country limit. This action will allow the Department to hold worldwide number use within the maximum allowed under the FY-2018 annual limits.

    The implementation of the above mentioned dates will only be temporary, with the dates returning to Current status for October, the first month of fiscal year 2019.

    G.  DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY 2019 (DV-2019) RESULTS

    The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2019 diversity lottery.  The diversity lottery was conducted under the terms of section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and makes available *50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.  Approximately 87,610 applicants have been registered and notified and may now make an application for an immigrant visa. Since it is likely that some of the first *50,000 persons registered will not pursue their cases to visa issuance, this larger figure should insure that all DV-2019 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018 until September 30, 2019).

    Applicants registered for the DV-2019 program were selected at random from 14,352,013 qualified entries (22,425,053 with derivatives) received during the 35-day application period that ran from noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, until noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions with a maximum of seven percent available to persons born in any single country.  During the visa interview, principal applicants must provide proof of a high school education or its equivalent, or show two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience within the past five years.  Those selected will need to act on their immigrant visa applications quickly.  Applicants should follow the instructions in their notification letter and must fully complete the information requested.

    Registrants living legally in the United States who wish to apply for adjustment of their status must contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for information on the requirements and procedures.  Once the total *50,000 visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 2019 will end.  Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2019 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2019 registration.  Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2019 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2019.

    Dates for the DV-2020 program registration period will be widely publicized in the coming months.  Those interested in entering the DV-2020 program should check the Department of State’s Visa web page in the coming months.

    *The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulated that up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas be made available for use under the NACARA program.  The reduction of the limit of available visas to 50,000 began with DV-2000.

    The following is the statistical breakdown by foreign state of chargeability of those registered for the DV-2019 program:  

    AFRICA

    ALGERIA  2,462

    ESWATINI  1

    NAMIBIA  7

    ANGOLA  316

    ETHIOPIA  3,856 

    NIGER  58

    BENIN  751

    GABON  41

    RWANDA  510

    BOTSWANA  3

    GAMBIA, THE  41

    SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE  0

    BURKINA FASO  174

    GHANA  2,484

    SENEGAL  260

    BURUNDI  300

    GUINEA  719

    SEYCHELLES  1

    CABO VERDE  11

    GUINEA-BISSAU  6 

    SIERRA LEONE  1,207

    CAMEROON  2,978

    KENYA  2,107

    SOMALIA  196

    CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC  11

    LESOTHO  3

    SOUTH AFRICA  454

    CHAD  47

    LIBERIA  2,484

    SOUTH SUDAN  37

    COMOROS  10

    LIBYA  261

    SUDAN   2,617

    CONGO  248

    MADAGASCAR  38

    TANZANIA  106

    CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE  4,186

    MALAWI  22

    TOGO  1,242

    COTE D’IVOIRE 1,036

    MALI  58

    TUNISIA  115

    DJIBOUTI  89

    MAURITANIA  25

    UGANDA  318

    EGYPT  4,185

    MAURITIUS  11

    ZAMBIA  41

    EQUATORIAL GUINEA  16

    MOROCCO  1,717

    ZIMBABWE  90

    ERITREA  284

    MOZAMBIQUE  7

     

    ASIA

    AFGHANISTAN  543

    JAPAN  376

    QATAR  38

    BAHRAIN  16

    JORDAN  613

    SAUDI ARABIA  630

    BHUTAN  38

    NORTH KOREA  1

    SINGAPORE  27

    BRUNEI  0

    KUWAIT  158

    SRI LANKA  784

    BURMA  273

    LAOS  11

    SYRIA  420

    CAMBODIA  237

    LEBANON  268

    TAIWAN  374

    HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMIN. REGION  69

    MALAYSIA  104

    THAILAND  122

    INDONESIA  179

    MALDIVES  5

    TIMOR-LESTE  0

    IRAN  4,199

    MONGOLIA  196

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 157

    IRAQ  731

    NEPAL  3,633

    YEMEN  1,193

    ISRAEL  214

    OMAN  10

     

    EUROPE

    ALBANIA  2,503

    GREECE  98

    NORTHERN IRELAND  8

    ANDORRA  0

    HUNGARY  92

    NORWAY  19

    ARMENIA  1,738

    ICELAND  4

      Svalbard  1

    AUSTRIA  24

    IRELAND  52

    POLAND  461

    AZERBAIJAN  1,203

    ITALY  333

    PORTUGAL  30

    BELARUS  1,355

    KAZAKHSTAN  886

    ROMANIA  430

    BELGIUM  42

    KOSOVO  286

    RUSSIA  3,641

    BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 53

    KYRGYZSTAN  693

    SAN MARINO  1

    BULGARIA  411

    LATVIA  52

    SERBIA  307

    CROATIA  43

    LIECHTENSTEIN  0

    SLOVAKIA  27

    CYPRUS  6

    LITHUANIA  184

    SLOVENIA  9

    CZECH REPUBLIC  64

    LUXEMBOURG  5

    SPAIN  164

    DENMARK  32

    MACEDONIA  270

    SWEDEN  53

    ESTONIA  26  

    MALTA  7

    SWITZERLAND  47

    FINLAND  47

    MOLDOVA  1,138

    TAJIKISTAN  1,171

    FRANCE  366

    MONACO  1

    TURKEY  2,411

      French Polynesia  1

    MONTENEGRO  28

    TURKMENISTAN  258

      Saint Martin  1

    NETHERLANDS  69

    UKRAINE  4,025

      St. Pierre and Miquelon  1

      Aruba  4

    UZBEKISTAN  3,461

    GEORGIA  867 

      Curacao  3

    VATICAN CITY  4 

    GERMANY  488

      Sint Maarten  2 

     

    NORTH AMERICA

    BAHAMAS, THE  18

     

     

    OCEANIA

    AUSTRALIA  777

    NAURU  22

    SAMOA  7

      Christmas Island  3

    NEW ZEALAND  242

    SOLOMON ISLANDS  3

    FIJI  396

      Cook Islands  7

    TONGA  58

    KIRIBATI  9

      Tokelau  3  

    TUVALU  0

    MARSHALL ISLANDS  0

    PALAU  2

    VANUATU  0

    MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF  1

    PAPUA NEW GUINEA  8

     

    SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN 

    ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA  4

    DOMINICA  3

    PARAGUAY  5

    ARGENTINA  81

    ECUADOR  224

    SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS  0

    BARBADOS  4

    GRENADA  2

    SAINT LUCIA  0

    BELIZE  0

    GUATEMALA  50

    SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES 4

    BOLIVIA  19

    GUYANA  6

    SURINAME  0

    CHILE  41

    HONDURAS  44

    TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  33

    COSTA RICA  28

    NICARAGUA  15

    URUGUAY  8

    CUBA  326

    PANAMA  3

    VENEZUELA  1,282

    Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2019:  Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R., Macau, and Taiwan), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.   

    H.   OBTAINING THE MONTHLY VISA BULLETIN

    To be placed on the Department of State’s E-mail subscription list for the “Visa Bulletin”, please send an E-mail to the following E-mail address:

    listserv@calist.state.gov

    and in the message body type:
    Subscribe Visa-Bulletin 
    (example: Subscribe Visa-Bulletin)

    To be removed from the Department of State’s E-mail subscription list for the “Visa Bulletin”, send an e-mail message to the following E-mail address:

    listserv@calist.state.gov

    and in the message body type: Signoff Visa-Bulletin

    The Department of State also has available a recorded message with visa final action dates which can be heard at: (202) 485-7699. The recording is normally updated on/about the 10th of each month with information on final action dates for the following month.

    Readers may submit questions regarding Visa Bulletin related items by E-mail at the following address:

    VISABULLETIN@STATE.GOV

    (This address cannot be used to subscribe to the Visa Bulletin.)

    Department of State Publication 9514
    CA/VO:   July 10, 2018

     

  • Type: FAQ
    Post date: Jul 12th 2018
    Body:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: Changing jobs while H-1B RFE is pending

    Video Transcript

    A possible situation is that your original approved H-1B still has time left on it. So let's say you got the H-1B approval till December of this year and you have an RFE pending so technically you still have the old petition alive and well almost. If you file for a transfer, chances are as long as your pending filing was not inappropriate government will accommodate and will allow you to go on to employer B, C, D or E as you please even with the pending case. More...

     

     

    Note: This is a verbatim transcript of the referenced audio/video media delivered as oral communication, and, therefore, may not conform to written grammatical or syntactical form.

  • Type: News
    Post date: Jul 11th 2018
    Body:

    USCIS announced on July 8, 2016, that it has returned all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in our computer-generated random selection process.

    USCIS previously announced on May 2, 2016, that it completed data entry of all selected cap-subject petitions.

    If you submitted an H-1B cap-subject petition between April 1 and April 7, 2016 and have not received a receipt notice or a returned petition by July 22, 2016, you may contact USCIS for assistance.

  • Type: PERM PROCESSING DATES
    Post date: Jul 6th 2018
    Body:

    PERM Processing Times (as of 06/30/2018)

    Processing Queue Priority Dates
    Month Year
    Analyst Review March 2018
    Audit Review November 2017
    Reconsideration Requests to the CO May 2018

    The Analyst Review and Audit dates posted on iCERT above reflect the month and year in which cases were filed that are now being adjudicated at the Atlanta National Processing Center. *The Reconsideration Request to the CO dates posted on iCERT above reflect the month and year in which cases that are now being reviewed at the Atlanta National Processing Center were appealed. For various reasons, the center may be completing the processing of applications filed prior to the month posted on iCERT. If your application was filed more than 3 months prior to the month posted, you may contact  Helpdesk for a status on the application at plc.atlanta@dol.gov.

    Determinations Average Number of Days to Process PERM Applications
    Month Calendar Days
    Analyst Review June 2018 132
    Audit Review June 2018 260

    The Analyst Review and Audit Review determination processing times on iCERT above reflect the amount of time to process applications for the month. The actual processing time for each employer PERM application may vary from the average depending on the material facts and circumstances. OFLC is only reporting the average processing time for all PERM applications for the most recent month.