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April 2014 Processing Times and Predictions for Family-sponsored Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for April 2014. Below is a detailed analysis of the priority date cut-offs for family-sponsored green cards as reported in this month’s Visa Bulletin.

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If you’d like to learn more about how the Visa Bulletin works, read our article: Understanding Immigrant Visa Allocation and Processing Times: A Story of Supply and Demand

F-1: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens
NationPriority Date Cut-Off
China – mainland bornFebruary 22, 2007
IndiaFebruary 22, 2007
MexicoNovember 1, 1993
PhilippinesNovember 1, 2001
All Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedFebruary 22, 2007

Global Glimpse: The F-1 visa category for China, India and the rest of the world advanced forward by three weeks. The F-1 visa category for Mexico inched forward by just over two weeks and the priority date cut-off for the F-1 visa category for the Philippines jumped ahead just under three months after being stagnant in March.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: Since the March 2014 Visa Bulletin was released, the priority date cut-off for China, India and the rest of the world advanced by three weeks, from February 1, 2007 to February 22, 2007. Thus, if your priority date is before February 22, 2007, a green card is available to you. Last April, the priority date cut-off for these areas was March 8, 2006. Given these trends, applicants in the F-1 category with a priority date that falls before March 15, 2007 should begin preparing to file for their green card in May 2014. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to consult with an experienced attorney the green card application process.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for applicants in the F-1 visa category has advanced just over two weeks, from October 15, 1993 to November 1, 1993. If your priority date is before November 1, 1993, a green card is finally available to you. Contact us today to begin the application process. If you’re still waiting in line, it is important that you maintain a valid status and comply with the regulations. Contact us to ensure that you maintain your current valid status while you wait.

Philippines: After remaining stagnant for two months, the priority date cut-off for F-1 visa applicants from the Philippines finally advanced forward nearly three months, from August 15, 2001 to November 1, 2001. If your priority date falls before November 1, 2001, contact us to continue on your path to permanent residence.

F-2A: Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents
NationPriority Date Cut-Off
China – mainland bornSeptember 8, 2013
IndiaSeptember 8, 2013
MexicoApril 15, 2012
PhilippinesSeptember 8, 2013
All Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedSeptember 8, 2013

Global Glimpse: No change was reported for the entire F-2A visa category in the April 2014 Visa Bulletin.

China, India, the Philippines, and All Other Chargeability Areas: The priority date cut-off for F-2A applicants from these areas has lingered at September 8, 2013 since the priority date cut-off was introduced in October 2013. If your priority date is before September 8, 2013 and you have been putting off filing your green card application, contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to cross it off your to-do list.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for F-2A applicants from Mexico has not changed since the category retrogressed in March 2014. Contact us to learn more about how retrogression can affect your case.

F-2B: Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents
NationPriority Date Cut-Off
China – mainland bornOctober 22, 2006
IndiaOctober 22 2006
MexicoMay 1, 1993
PhilippinesJune 8, 2003
All Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedOctober 22, 2006

Global Glimpse: Since the March 2014 Visa Bulletin was released, the priority date cut-off for the F-2B visa category for China, India and all other chargeability areas moved ahead seven weeks; whereas the priority date cut-off for Mexico and the Philippines did not change since the last visa bulletin.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: The priority date cut-off for F-2B visas from China, India and all other chargeability jumped ahead seven weeks since the March 2014 Visa Bulletin, from September 1, 2006 to October 22, 2006. If your priority date falls before October 22, 2006, a green card is available to you! If your priority date falls sometime in November 2006, consider getting started on your green card application for May 2014. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates today.

Mexico: After the F-2B visa category for Mexico retrogressed in the February 2014 Visa Bulletin, the priority date cut-off for F-2B visas for Mexico has remained stagnant at May 1, 1993. If you the February 2014 retrogression affected you, contact us to learn what your next step should be.

Philippines: The priority date cut-off for the F-2B visa category for the Philippines did not advance since the march 2014 Visa Bulletin, when it was reported that the cut-off date was June 8, 2003. If your priority date is before June 8, 2003, and you haven’t yet filed for your green card, contact us to get the ball rolling.

F-3: Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens
NationPriority Date Cut-Off
China – mainland bornJuly 15, 2003
IndiaJuly 15, 2003
MexicoJune 22, 1993
PhilippinesFebruary 22, 1993
All Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedJuly 15, 2003

Global Glimpse: The priority date cut-off for F-3 visas for China, India and all other chargeability areas moved forward one month. The priority date for F-3 visas for the Philippines progressed by one week and the priority date cut-off for F-3 visas for Mexico progressed two weeks.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: As we predicted last month, the priority date cut-off for F-3 visas from China, India and all other chargeability areas moved forward one month, from June 15, 2003 to July 15, 2003. With this trajectory, you can expect that the priority date cut-off will be somewhere around August 15, 2003 in the May 2014 Visa Bulletin. If your priority date is before July 15, 2003, contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to move forward with obtaining your green card. If your priority date is sometimes before August 15, 2003, be prepared to file your green card application in May 2014.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for F-3 applicants from Mexico advanced by two weeks, from June 8, 1993 to June 22, 2003. If your priority date falls before June 22, 1993, get your approval notice out of storage and contact us today for assistance in obtaining your green card.

Philippines: As reported in this April 2014’s visa bulletin, the priority date cut-off for F-3 applicants from the Philippines progressed by one two since March 2014, making the priority date cut-off February 22, 1993. Expect the priority date to advance to sometime in early March of 1993 in the May 2014 visa bulletin. If your priority date is before February 22, 1993, contact us to apply for your green card today.

F-4: Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens
NationPriority Date Cut-Off
China – mainland bornNovember 22, 2001
IndiaNovember 22, 2001
MexicoNovember 22, 1996
PhilippinesOctober 1, 1990
All Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedNovember 22, 2001

Global Glimpse: In April 2014, the priority date cut-off for F-4 visas for China, India and the Rest of the World advanced by two weeks. The priority date cut-off for F-4 visas for Mexican nationals moved forward one week and the F-4 visa category for Filipino’s jumped ahead one month.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: As we expected, the processing time for F-4 visas for nationals from China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed two weeks, from November 8, 2001 to November 22, 2001. Based on the monthly trend, we are predicting that the priority date cut-off for these areas to be around early-December 2001 in the May 2014 Visa Bulletin. If your priority date is before November 22, 2001, it’s your time to shine. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to move forward with obtaining your green card.

Mexico: As we predicted last month, the priority date cut-off for F-4 visas for Mexican nationals continues to move forward at a weekly pace, and has progressed from November 15, 1996 to November 22, 1996. Thus, we are predicting that the May 2014 Visa Bulletin will report a priority date cut-off on or around December 1, 1996. If your priority date falls before November 22, 1996, you’re up! Contact us to get the ball rolling on obtaining your green card.

Philippines: The priority date cut-off for the F-4 visa category for Filipino nationals has advanced by one month since the March 2014 Visa Bulletin, from September 1, 1990 to October 1, 1990. If your priority date is before October 1, 1990, dust off your approval notice and contact us today to apply for your green card!

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