What are we talking about?
The Visa Bulletin for family Green Card applicants for the month of May 2018. More specifically, the Final Action Date, which determines whether an applicant’s priority date is ‘current’ or not. Only applicants with a ‘current’ priority date may have their Green Card interview scheduled.
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).
What does the visa bulletin say?
For the month of May 2018, and for all countries except the Philippines and Mexico:
Visa Bulletin – Final Action Dates for Family – May 2018
Final action date
|F1||Apr 8, 2011||0||F1 is a disappointment this fiscal year so far. We have already revised our predictions lower. Do we need to do it again? June will be telling.|
|F2A||Jun 1, 2016||4 weeks||F2A pursues its steady path towards what looks to be a solid year. No surprise here.|
|F2B||May 15, 2011||5 weeks||It looks like F2B might be the 'come-back-from-behind' story of the year. After 4 months (Oct. '17 - Jan. '18) when not much happened, Feb. '18 to May. '18 have seen material movement forward.|
|F3||Feb 1, 2006||3 weeks||Another solid month in May for F3. The beginning of Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. '17 - May. '18) is in the top 3 of the last 20 years.|
|F4||Oct 1, 2004||2 weeks||Things started to get better for F4 starting in Feb. '18. May is again confirming a steady positive trend. It might not be the best year for F4, but it could end up being an 'average' year.|
Can adjustment of status applicants use filing dates to file the I-485?
Yes they can. See the ‘gain’ from using filing dates:
Visa Bulletin – Filing Dates for Family – May 2018.
Gain in days
|F1||Jan 8, 2012||9 months and 5 days|
|F2A||Sep 22, 2017||1 year 3 months and 23 days|
|F2B||Sep 8, 2011||3 months and 26 days|
|F3||Sep 8, 2006||7 months and 9 days|
|F4||Apr 1, 2005||6 months and 2 days|
The first seven months of the fiscal year (Oct. ’17 to Feb. ’18) have seen limited progression for F1, except for the month of January and the movement we saw in April is not confirmed in May. So, F1 is a disappointment this fiscal year so far. We have already revised our predictions lower. Do we need to do it again? June will be telling. You can check out the details of our F1 predictions.
Fiscal Year 2018 has been a solid year for F2A so far, and May is another confirmation. No surprise here.. You can checkout the details of our F2A predictions.
It looks like F2B might be the ‘come-back-from-behind’ story of the year. After 4 months (Oct. ’17 – Jan. ’18) when not much happened, Feb. ’18 to May. ’18 have seen material movement forward. You can checkout the details of our F2B predictions.
Another solid month in May for F3. The beginning of Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. ’17 – May. ’18) is in the top 3 of the last 20 years. You can checkout the details of our F3 predictions.
Things started to get better for F4 starting in Feb. ’18. May is again confirming a steady positive trend. It might not be the best year for F4, but it could end up being an ‘average’ year. You can also checkout our F4 predictions.
Full family Visa Bulletin?
Family Visa Bulletin Dates for May 2018.
Final Action Date
|F1||All Countries||Apr 22, 2011||2 weeks||Mar 8, 2012|
|F1||Mexico||Aug 1, 1997||8 weeks||Sep 1, 1998|
|F1||Philippines||Jun 1, 2006||9 weeks||Feb 15, 2008|
|F2A||All Countries||Jun 22, 2016||2 weeks||Dec 1, 2017|
|F2A||Mexico||June 8, 2016||4 weeks||Dec 1, 2017|
|F2A||Philippines||Jun 22, 2016||2 weeks||Dec 1, 2017|
|F2B||All Countries||Aug 15, 2011||7 weeks||Jan 8, 2012|
|F2B||Mexico||Mar 8, 1997||3 weeks||June 8, 1997|
|F2B||Philippines||Feb 1, 2007||2 weeks||Dec 15, 2007|
|F3||All Countries||May 1, 2006||6 weeks||Sep 22, 2006|
|F3||Mexico||Dec 1, 1995||8 weeks||Oct 8, 1998|
|F3||Philippines||Apr 15, 1995||1 week||Aug 1, 1995|
|F4||All Countries||Nov 15, 2004||3 weeks||May 1, 2005|
|F4||India||Mar 22, 2004||1 week||Jan 1, 2005|
|F4||Mexico||Jan 15, 1998||1 week||June 1, 1998|
|F4||Philippines||Mar 2, 1995||1 week||Dec 1, 1995|