May 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its May 2018 Visa Bulletin.  For the most part, priority dates for employment-based categories remain the same from last month’s visa bulletin. The Employment-Based (“EB”)-2 category for Chinese nationals advanced by one month from April’s dates while the EB-3 category for Indian nationals moved forward by 3 months. 

EB-1-Worldwide:                Priority dates are current, except:

                        China:            January 1, 2012

                        India:              January 1, 2012

EB-2-Worldwide:                Priority dates are current, except:                       

                        China:            September 1, 2014 

                                                Advancement of one month                                             

                        India:              December 22, 2008

                                                No advancement from last month’s VB

EB-3-Worldwide:                Priority dates are current, except

                        China:            June 1, 2015

                                                No advancement from last month’s VB

                        India:              May 1, 2008

                                                Advancement of 3 months

                        Philippines:  January 1, 2017

                                                No advancement from last month’s VB


If USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for a fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, the USCIS will state on that you may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart in the Department of State May 2018 Visa Bulletin. Otherwise, USCIS will indicate on its web site that you must use the Application Final Action Dates chart to determine when you may file your adjustment of status application in the United States. For May 2018, USCIS has determined that the Final Action Dates (listed above) must be used for employment-based filings.