Visa Bulletin

Visa Bulletin For February, 2019

Updated 2/05/2019

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

Note:

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.

1. FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES

Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 22SEP11 22SEP11 22SEP11 01AUG97 15MAR07
F2A 01DEC16 01DEC16 01DEC16 15NOV16 01DEC16
F2B 01MAY12 01MAY12 01MAY12 22JUL97 01JUL07
F3 22AUG06 22AUG06 22AUG06 22DEC95 22AUG95
F4 22JUN05 22JUN05 22JUN04 08FEB98 01OCT95

 

2. DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONSNOTE: 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.

Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 08APR12 08APR12 08APR12 22SEP99 15MAR08
F2A 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17
F2B 22JUN14 22JUN14 22JUN14 08OCT97 15JAN08
F3 01FEB07 01FEB07 01FEB07 08JUN00 01AUG97
F4 15JUN06 15JUN06 01FEB05 01NOV98 08DEC97

 

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

Note:

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.

 

1. 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 01DEC17 08FEB17 01DEC17 08FEB17 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17
2nd C 01OCT15 C 06APR09 C C C
3rd C 01JUL15 C 22APR09 C 01AUG17 C
Other Workers C 01AUG07 C 22APR09 C 01AUG17 C
4th C C 01MAR16 C 01SEP17 C C
Certain Religious Workers U U U U U U U
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 01SEP14 C C C C 15JUN16
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
U U U U U U U

 

 

2. DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO  PHILIPPINES 
1st 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01JUN18
2nd C 01NOV15 C 22MAY09 C C
3rd C 01JAN16 C 01APR10 C 01OCT17
Other Workers C 01JUN08 C 01APR10 C 01OCT17
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

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