January 2018 EB-3 US Visa for Nurses in the Philippines


January 2018 EB-3 US Visa priority dates for nurses in the Philippines is now out. It slightly moved to one month with the current FINAL ACTION DATE FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED 3 PREFERENCE CASE is now February 15, 2016. The movement is slow but as long as it is consistently moving then,
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The DATE FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED 3 VISA APPLICATIONS, however remains the same which is still August 1 2016. This reflects the date for filing visa applications within a timeframe justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions.

Well, it’s a good start for 2018 hoping for more and faster movement of priority dates!


For a brief overview, the United States regulates immigration by capping the number of foreign nationals welcomed into the country each year. Each person must have his/her own personal immigrant visa number in order to live permanently in the United States. A foreign national can seek an Immigrant Visa at a U.S. Consulate outside the U.S., or file for an Adjustment of Status with USCIS inside the U.S.

The employment-based visas (EB-3) is the visa intended for qualified healthcare professionals such as nurses.

PRIORITY DATE – Def: Priority date is a United States immigration concept – it is the date when a principal applicant first reveals his intent of immigration to the US government. For employment-based, such as EB-3, immigration beneficiaries, the priority date is the date an immigration petition is filed at USCIS, under categories where a labor certification is not required (Schedule A occupation including nurses), or when the United States Department of Labor receives a labor certification application, under categories where a labor certification is required. In all cases, the priority dates are not established until USCIS approves the immigration petition. The date establishes one’s place in the queue permanent residency permit (also known as “green card”) application.

Source: Passport USA