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December 2013 Processing Times and Predictions for Family-Sponsored Immigrant Visas

The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates is committed to providing you with the most up-to-date processing times for family-sponsored immigrant visas in order to assist you in planning ahead for the green card process. The U.S. Department of State recently released the Visa Bulletin for December 2013. Below, you will find the most recent processing times for family-sponsored immigrant visas. In addition, we have provided you with a more comprehensive understanding of the trends in processing times by including a statement about how the processing times have changed monthly, since the Visa Bulleting for November 2013 was released as well as how the processing times have changed since the Visa Bulletin for December 2012 was released last year.

Understanding the Visa Bulletin: The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for December 2013 provides information about the availability of family-sponsored immigrant visas for the month of December. If the visa category is listed as “current,” then you are eligible to apply for your green card immediately. If there is a date next to the visa category and foreign nation, that means the demand for that particular visa in that particular foreign nation exceeds the number of visas allotted for that visa category in that foreign nation. As such, the date provided is the priority date cut-off, meaning if you have a priority date that is before the date listed, you are eligible to apply for your green card.

F-1: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens

Global Glimpse: The F-1 visa category is oversubscribed across the board. The priority date cut-off for China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed slightly since last month. However, the priority date cut-off for Mexico and the Philippines remained stagnant from November to December 2013.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: From November to December 2013, the priority date cut-off for China, India, and all other chargeability areas progressed a little less than one month, from October 22, 2006 to November 15, 2006. Last December, the priority date cut-off was December 1, 2005. Thus, it appears that the priority date cut-off for the F-1 visa category is progressing at a monthly rate. If your priority date falls before November 15, 2006, you may be eligible to apply for your green card. If your priority date falls before December 15, 2006, you may wish start preparing to file for your green card sometime next month. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to consult with an experienced attorney about filing for your green card.

Mexico: The processing time for F-1 visa applicants from Mexico is slowly inching forward. However, the priority date cut-off for F-1 visa applicants has been stagnant for the past few months, resting at September 22, 1993. Since last December the priority cut-off date has moved forward only two months, from July 1, 1993 to September 22, 1993. If your priority date is before September 22, 1993, contact us to move forward in obtaining you green card. We are also available to ensure that you maintain your current valid status while you wait in line.

Philippines: The priority date cut-off for F-1 visa applicants from the Philippines has also remained stagnant since last month, lingering at July 1, 2001. However, we did see a three year jump since last December, from July 1, 1997 to July 1, 2001, showing glimmers of hope for more progress in 2014. If your priority date is before July 1, 2001, contact us to continue on your path to permanent residence.

F-2A: Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents

Global Glimpse : Although F-2A visas are oversubscribed globally, the priority date cut-off for all foreign nations falls in September 2013.

China, India, the Philippines, and All Other Chargeability Areas: The priority date cut-off for China, India, the Philippines, and all other chargeability areas for F-2A visas has not changed since October 2013, standing still at September 8, 2013. Despite this recent stagnation, the priority date for these areas jumped over three years from August 22, 2010 last December to September 8, 2013 this December. Check back often to see if progress resumes in 2014. If your priority date is before September 8, 2013, contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates for assistance in obtaining your green card.

Mexico: The processing time of the F-2A visa category for Mexico has also been static October 2013. The priority date cut-off this December is September 8, 2013. However, Mr. Oppenheim predicted that the priority date cut-off for Mexico F-2A visas might retrogress in the future. Thus, if your priority date is before September 8, 2013, don’t delay! Contact us immediately to stay ahead of the curve.

F-2B: Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents

Global Glimpse: F-2B visas continue to be oversubscribed in December 2013. While the processing time for F-2B visas for China, India and all other chargeability areas advanced over a month since November 2013, less progress was made for F-2B visas for the Philippines and the processing time for F-2B visas for Mexico remained the same since last month.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: Since November 2013, the priority date cut-off for F-2B visas from China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed by more than a month from to March 22, 2006 to May 1, 2006. One year ago, the priority date for these areas was November 15, 2004. There does not seem to be a traceable trend in the progress for these areas. However, progress is being made. If your priority date falls before May 1, 2006, Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to apply for your green card today.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for F-2B visa applicants from Mexico does not change from November to December, lingering at April 1, 1994. Last December, the priority date cut-off was November 1, 1992, indicating that significant progress was made in 2013. Keep checking back with us for progress speculations for 2014. If your priority date falls before April 1, 1994, you may be eligible for your green card. Contact us to continue on your path to legal permanent residence.

Philippines: The processing time for F-2B visa applicants from the Philippines is inching forward a few weeks at a time. From November to December 2013, the priority date cut-off progressed from few weeks, from March 1, 2003 to March 22, 2003. Last December, the priority date was March 22, 2002, indicating that the processing time has progressed by one year since December 2012. If your priority date falls before March 22, 2003, contact us to learn what your next step is in obtaining your green card.

F-3: Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens

Global Glimpse: F-3 visas remain oversubscribed across the board in December 2013. Processing time for F-3 visas for China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed by one month since November. F-3 visas for the Philippines progressed only slightly and the processing time for F-3 visas for Mexico did not change from November to December 2013.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: In December 2013, the processing time for F-3 visas from China, India and all other chargeability areas changed by one month, from to February 8, 2003 to March 8, 2003. Since last December, the processing time has progressed by nine months, from June 8, 2002 to March 8, 2003 . If your priority date is before March 8, 2003, you may be eligible to receive your green card. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to learn more.

Mexico: From November to December 2013, the priority date cut-off for F-3 visas from Mexico remained stagnant at June 1, 1993. The priority date cut-off has only progressed three months since last December, when the cut-off date was March 1, 1993. If your priority date falls before June 1, 1993, contact us to move forward with your green card application.

Philippines: The priority date cut-off for F-3 applicants from the Philippines advanced slightly from January 8, 1993 to January 22, 1993. The priority date cut-off appears to be moving at one to two week intervals in recent months. From December, 2012 to 2013 the priority date cut-off has advanced six months, from July 22, 1992 to January 22, 1993. If your priority date is before January 22, 1993, contact us to apply for your green card today.

F-4: Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens

Global Glimpse: In December 2013, F-4 visas continue to be backlogged. Since November 2013, processing time for F-4 visas for China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed by over two weeks. While the processing time for F-4 visas for the Philippines progressed by over a month between November and December, and the processing time for F-4 visas for Mexico stayed stagnant.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: From November to December 2013, the processing time for F-4 visas from China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed slightly, from to August 22, 2001 to September 8, 2001. In the past year, the processing time has progressed by five months, from April 1, 2001 to September 8, 2001. If your priority date is before September 8, 2001, you may be eligible to receive your green card. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to learn more.

Mexico: Since last month, the priority date cut-off for F-4 visas from Mexico has lingered at October 22, 1996. The priority date cut-off has only progressed three months since last December, when the cut-off date was July 22, 1996. If your priority date falls before October 22, 1996, you are next in line for a green card. Contact us to move forward with your green card application.

Philippines: The priority date cut-off for F-4 visa applicants from the Philippines advanced slightly more than last month, from April 22, 1990 to June 1, 1990. From December, 2012 to 2013 the priority date cut-off has advanced over one year, from March 22, 1989 to June 1, 1990. If your priority date is before June 1, 1990, dust off your receipt notice and contact us to apply for your green card.

For a chart showing the processing times described above, click here.

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