US Dept of State Family-Sponsored Visa Bulletin for May 2018

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

Family-SponsoredOct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017Jan 2018Feb 2018Mar 2018Apr 2018May 2018June 2018 Prediction
FB12010-12-222011-01-222011-02-012011-03-152011-03-152011-03-222011-04-082011-04-082011-04-16
FB2a2015-10-222015-11-152015-12-222016-02-012016-03-012016-03-222016-05-012016-06-012016-07-04
FB2b2010-11-082010-11-152010-11-222010-12-012011-01-152011-03-012011-04-082011-05-152011-06-24
FB32005-07-222005-08-152005-09-082005-10-082005-11-152005-12-152006-01-082006-02-012006-03-01
FB42004-05-082004-05-222004-06-082004-06-222004-07-222004-08-222004-09-152004-10-012004-10-24

Mainland China

Family-SponsoredOct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017Jan 2018Feb 2018Mar 2018Apr 2018May 2018June 2018 Prediction
FB12010-12-222011-01-222011-02-012011-03-152011-03-152011-03-222011-04-082011-04-082011-04-16
FB2a2015-10-222015-11-152015-12-222016-02-012016-03-012016-03-222016-05-012016-06-012016-07-04
FB2b2010-11-082010-11-152010-11-222010-12-012011-01-152011-03-012011-04-082011-05-152011-06-24
FB32005-07-222005-08-152005-09-082005-10-082005-11-152005-12-152006-01-082006-02-012006-03-01
FB42004-05-082004-05-222004-06-082004-06-222004-07-222004-08-222004-09-152004-10-012004-10-24

India

Family-SponsoredOct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017Jan 2018Feb 2018Mar 2018Apr 2018May 2018June 2018 Prediction
FB12010-12-222011-01-222011-02-012011-03-152011-03-152011-03-222011-04-082011-04-082011-04-16
FB2a2015-10-222015-11-152015-12-222016-02-012016-03-012016-03-222016-05-012016-06-012016-07-04
FB2b2010-11-082010-11-152010-11-222010-12-012011-01-152011-03-012011-04-082011-05-152011-06-24
FB32005-07-222005-08-152005-09-082005-10-082005-11-152005-12-152006-01-082006-02-012006-03-01
FB42003-10-012003-10-222003-11-222003-12-152004-01-082004-02-012004-02-152004-03-012004-03-21

Mexico

Family-SponsoredOct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017Jan 2018Feb 2018Mar 2018Apr 2018May 2018June 2018 Prediction
FB11996-03-011996-04-011996-04-011996-05-011996-07-011996-07-221996-09-081996-11-151996-12-31
FB2a2015-10-152015-11-012015-11-152016-01-012016-02-012016-03-012016-04-012016-04-222016-05-22
FB2b1996-07-151996-07-221996-07-221996-08-151996-09-081996-10-151996-11-011996-12-011996-12-27
FB31995-04-221995-05-081995-05-221995-06-151995-06-221995-06-221995-07-081995-09-011995-09-16
FB41997-10-011997-10-081997-10-081997-11-011997-11-081997-11-151997-12-081998-01-081998-01-26

Philippines

Family-SponsoredOct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017Jan 2018Feb 2018Mar 2018Apr 2018May 2018June 2018 Prediction
FB12007-01-012007-01-012005-01-01 *2005-01-012005-08-012005-10-152006-01-012006-01-222006-03-21
FB2a2015-10-222015-11-152015-12-222016-02-012016-03-012016-03-222016-05-012016-06-012016-07-04
FB2b2007-01-012007-01-012006-07-01 *2006-07-012006-07-222006-09-082006-11-012006-12-152007-01-21
FB31995-02-221995-03-011995-03-081995-03-151995-03-151995-03-221995-03-221995-04-011995-04-05
FB41994-06-011994-06-081994-08-011994-09-011994-10-011994-11-221994-12-151995-02-011995-03-09

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* Note: Dates in red indicate that priority went backwards instead of forwards which is known as 'retrogression.' This is caused when the Department of State finds that the number of visas available is running out faster than originally estimated. The date is moved backward to show a more accurate picture of the visa backlog.

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE DEFINITIONS


First: (FB1) 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. (FB2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents: 77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;
----  B. (FB2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents: 23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: (FB3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens: 23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: (FB4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens: 65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.