September 2018 Visa Bulletin Temporarily Increases Wait Times in FB and EB Categories

The recently released September 2018 Visa Bulletin from the U.S. Department of State — the final bulletin for fiscal year 2018 — shows an increase in wait times in both employment-based (EB) and family-based (FB) categories for some countries. These increases are not unexpected at the end of a fiscal year when visa numbers are in short supply.  The good news is that a number of the major retrogressions will disappear in October, the beginning of the new fiscal year. Key developments of note in the September 2018 Visa Bulletin include: Previously, primarily EB categories experienced longer wait times and backlogs; in September, some countries in the FB category were affected as well. Workers from China and India face significantly longer delays than in previous months, with cut-off dates in the EB-2 category moving back more than two years for Chinese and Indian workers, and six years for workers from India holding EB-3 visas. For the past six months, EB-1…

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