July 2018 Visa Bulletin from USCIS: New Green Card Wait Times

June 20, 2018 Chelsea Iversen

July 2018 Visa Bulletin

The July 2018 Visa Bulletin has been released by USCIS. For more details, please see below.

Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Application:

July 2018 Visa Bulletin - dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Application

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications:

July 2018 Visa Bulletin - Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications

July 2018 Visa Bulletin overview

The wait times for family-sponsored green card applications have only changed slightly since last month. F1 visa wait times have decreased by a few months for all countries, and slight changes in F3 and F4 visa dates for filing have shifted wait times for all countries. While F2A visa wait times have decreased by a few months across the board, F2B visa wait times have gotten longer, except for those from Mexico and the Philippines. The bottom line is some families are still waiting over 20 years for a green card priority date. Wait times for the F2A immigrant visa are the shortest, while wait times for the F3 and F4 family-sponsored green cards and the longest, especially for nationals from Mexico and the Philippines.

There have been a few more changes for employment-based green cards, however. Chinese nationals in line for third preference visas saw a two-year increase in waiting time this month. And the wait time for Mexicans in the fourth preference visa, as well as certain religious workers, has shortened slightly, whereas the wait time for citizens from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are somewhat longer.

Learn more about visa wait times, including who’s waiting and for how long, in our recent blog post.

What do the letters mean in the Visa Bulletin?

A “C” indicates that a category is current, meaning that applicants can file their paperwork regardless of any priority date listed. Current status is subject to change, however, and any changes are reflected on a month-to-month basis with each Visa Bulletin update.

New Visa Bulletin charts

The Visa Bulletin will now have two different charts because of the revised procedures. DOS will post two charts per visa preference category in the DOS Visa Bulletin. The charts are:

  • Application Final Action Dates (dates when visas may finally be issued); and
  • Dates for Filing Applications (earliest dates when applicants may be able to apply).

When USCIS determines there are immigrant visas available for the filing of additional adjustment of status applications, the Dates for Filing Applications chart may be used to determine when to file an adjustment of status application with USCIS. Otherwise, the Application Final Action Dates chart must be used to determine when to file an adjustment of status application with USCIS.

In coordination with the DOS, USCIS will monitor visa numbers each month and post the relevant chart on this page under When to File.

For the official July 2018 Visa Bulletin from USCIS, please navigate to uscis.gov.

Questions about filing green card applications? Read our guide, Introduction to Employment-Based Green Cards, to learn more.

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