April 2018 Visa Bulletin Has Been Released – EB-1 India and China Will Retrogress  

Immigration Alert

March 16, 2018

The U.S. Department of State has issued the April 2018 Visa Bulletin that shows significant changes in the visa availability for Indian and Chinese nationals in the employment-based first-preference category (EB1). The cutoff date for EB-1 India and EB-1 China will be January 1, 2012. Also noteworthy is the significant movement for EB-3 India; EB-2 and EB-3 China; and EB-3 Philippines. Following are the significant changes since the March 2018 Visa Bulletin was released:

EB Category April 2018 Cutoff Date March 2018 Cutoff Date
EB-1 India January 1, 2012 Current
EB-1 China January 1, 2012 Current
EB-2 China August 1, 2014 December 8, 2013
EB-3 India February 1, 2008 January 1, 2007
EB-3 China June 1, 2015 November 15, 2014
EB-3 Philippines January 1, 2017 May 1, 2016


The State Department explains that there continues to be an extremely high rate of demand for EB-1 numbers for nationals of India and China, resulting in the need to impose final action dates for these two countries. It is anticipated that cutoff dates will continue for EB-1 India and China until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2018. It should also be noted that EB-3 China once again has a more favorable cutoff date than EB-2 China by approximately 11 months.

We strongly recommend that any EB-1 China or India applicant who has yet to file the I-485 adjustment of status application do so before March 30, 2018. 

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Frances Rayer



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