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

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

Work-SponsoredOct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017Jan 2018Feb 2018Mar 2018Apr 2018May 2018June 2018 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB3CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Other WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableUnavailableCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableUnavailableCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent

Mainland China

Work-SponsoredOct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017Jan 2018Feb 2018Mar 2018Apr 2018May 2018June 2018 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2012-01-01 *2012-01-012012-01-20
EB22013-05-222013-06-152013-07-012013-08-082013-10-012013-12-082014-08-012014-09-012014-10-24
EB32014-01-012014-02-012014-03-082014-04-152014-09-152014-11-152015-06-012015-06-012015-08-24
Other Workers2006-01-012006-04-012006-07-012006-12-222007-02-012007-03-012007-04-012007-05-012007-06-04
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableUnavailableCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)2014-06-222014-07-012014-07-152014-07-222014-07-222014-07-222014-07-222014-07-222014-07-22
EB5 (Regional)2014-06-222014-07-012014-07-15UnavailableUnavailable2014-07-22Unavailable2014-07-222014-07-24

India

Work-SponsoredOct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017Jan 2018Feb 2018Mar 2018Apr 2018May 2018June 2018 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent2012-01-01 *2012-01-012012-01-20
EB22008-09-152008-10-082008-11-012008-11-222008-12-082008-12-152008-12-222008-12-222009-01-01
EB32006-10-152006-10-152006-10-152006-11-012006-12-012007-01-012008-02-012008-05-012008-06-20
Other Workers2006-10-152006-10-152006-10-152006-11-012006-12-012007-01-012008-02-012008-05-012008-06-20
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableUnavailableCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableUnavailableCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent

Mexico

Work-SponsoredOct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017Jan 2018Feb 2018Mar 2018Apr 2018May 2018June 2018 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB3CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Other WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB42016-03-012016-04-012016-04-222016-06-012016-06-222016-07-012016-08-082016-10-222016-11-24
Certain Religious Workers2016-03-012016-04-012016-04-22UnavailableUnavailable2016-07-01Unavailable2016-10-222016-11-14
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableUnavailableCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent

Philippines

Work-SponsoredOct 2017Nov 2017Dec 2017Jan 2018Feb 2018Mar 2018Apr 2018May 2018June 2018 Prediction
EB1CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB2CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB32015-12-012016-01-152016-01-152016-02-152016-03-012016-05-012017-01-012017-01-012017-02-05
Other Workers2015-12-012016-01-152016-01-152016-02-152016-03-012016-05-012017-01-012017-01-012017-02-05
EB4CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
Certain Religious WorkersCurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableUnavailableCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Non-Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrentCurrent
EB5 (Regional)CurrentCurrentCurrentUnavailableUnavailableCurrentUnavailableCurrentCurrent

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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.

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.