The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released the Visa Bulletin for October 2017. The Bulletin includes notes regarding the Special Immigrant Translator Category and H.R. 601, which extended two employment visa categories.
Please note that on September 15, 2017, USCIS has determined that for October 2017, the Final Action Dates chart in the DOS Visa Bulletin must be used for both family-sponsored filings and employment-based preference filings. Click READ MORE for additional information.
Special Immigrant (SI) Translator Category Visa Availability
Given the limited availability of visa numbers and the existing demand, the DOS expects to reach the FY-2018 annual limit of 50 Special Immigrant Visas in the SI category early in the Fiscal Year. As a result, it has been necessary to establish an October Final Action Date of April 1, 2010. It is likely that this will result in the SI category to become “unavailable” in the coming months. Once the annual limit of 50 visas is reached, further issuances in the SI category will not be possible until October 2018, under the FY-2019 annual limit. The SQ Special Immigrant Visa category for certain Iraqi and Afghan nationals employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq or Afghanistan is not affected and remains current.
Extension of SR and I5/R5 Visa Categories
HR 601 — Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017 extended both the Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR) and Employment Fifth Preference Pilot (I5 and R5) Categories until December 8, 2017.
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