US Dept of State Work-Sponsored Visa Bulletin for December 2017

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

Work-SponsoredMay 2017Jun 2017Jul 2017Aug 2017Sep 2017Oct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017January 2018 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrent2015-04-01 *2016-01-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB32017-03-152017-04-152017-06-08CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Other Workers2017-03-152017-04-152017-06-08CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)UnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent

Mainland China

Work-SponsoredMay 2017Jun 2017Jul 2017Aug 2017Sep 2017Oct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017January 2018 Prediction
EB1Current2012-01-01 *2012-01-012012-01-012012-01-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB22013-02-082013-03-012013-03-222013-04-222013-05-152013-05-222013-06-152013-07-012013-07-22
EB32014-10-012014-10-012012-01-01 *2012-01-012012-01-012014-01-012014-02-012014-03-082014-03-30
Other Workers2006-03-082006-07-152006-07-152004-01-01 *2004-01-012006-01-012006-04-012006-07-012006-08-30
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)2014-06-012014-06-082014-06-082014-06-152014-06-152014-06-222014-07-012014-07-152014-07-22
EB5 (Regional)Unavailable2014-06-082014-06-082014-06-152014-06-152014-06-222014-07-012014-07-152014-07-22

India

Work-SponsoredMay 2017Jun 2017Jul 2017Aug 2017Sep 2017Oct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017January 2018 Prediction
EB1Current2012-01-01 *2012-01-012012-01-012012-01-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB22008-06-222008-07-012008-07-222008-07-222008-08-222008-09-152008-10-082008-11-012008-11-24
EB32005-03-252005-05-152006-02-152006-07-152006-10-152006-10-152006-10-152006-10-152006-11-14
Other Workers2005-03-252005-05-152006-02-152006-07-152006-10-152006-10-152006-10-152006-10-152006-11-14
EB4CurrentCurrent2015-08-15 *2015-09-152015-10-22CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersUnavailableCurrentUnavailable2015-09-152015-10-22CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)UnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent

Mexico

Work-SponsoredMay 2017Jun 2017Jul 2017Aug 2017Sep 2017Oct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017January 2018 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrent2015-04-01 *2016-01-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB32017-03-152017-04-152017-06-08CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Other Workers2017-03-152017-04-152017-06-08CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB42015-07-152015-07-152015-08-152015-09-152015-10-222016-03-012016-04-012016-04-222016-05-25
Certain Religious WorkersUnavailable2015-07-152015-08-152015-09-152015-10-222016-03-012016-04-012016-04-222016-05-25
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)UnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent

Philippines

Work-SponsoredMay 2017Jun 2017Jul 2017Aug 2017Sep 2017Oct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017January 2018 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrent2015-04-01 *2016-01-01CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB32013-01-012013-05-012014-05-152015-06-012015-11-012015-12-012016-01-152016-01-152016-03-31
Other Workers2013-01-012013-05-012014-05-152015-06-012015-11-012015-12-012016-01-152016-01-152016-03-31
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersUnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)UnavailableCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent


* 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.

WORK-SPONSORED PREFERENCE DEFINITIONS


First: (EB1) Priority Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second (EB2): 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: (EB3) 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: (EB4) Certain Special Immigrants: 7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth: (EB5) 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.