July 20, 2018
Subsequent to the issuance of the August 2018 Visa Bulletin, USCIS has informed prospective applicants of which priority-date chart should be referenced for applications submitted/processed in August:
For Family-Sponsored Filings: You must use the Dates for Filing Chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for August 2018.
The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date which is earlier than the listed date may file their application. (Department of State, “Visa Bulletin for August 2018).
For Employment-Based Preference Filings: You must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for August 2018.
On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); “C” means current, i.e., numbers are authorized for issuance to all qualified applicants; and “U” means unauthorized, i.e., numbers are not authorized for issuance. (NOTE: Numbers are authorized for issuance only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the final action date listed below.) (Department of State, “Visa Bulletin for August 2018).
Red boxes indicate that the priority dates for these categories have retrogressed.