December 2014 Visa Bulletin Analysis for Family-Sponsored (F) Immigrant Visas
Below is our monthly analysis of the State Department’s Visa Bulletin for family cases. All family based immigrant visas have priority date cutoffs, except for the following, which are “Immediate Relative” visas:
All other types of family-sponsored visa have priority date cutoffs. There were a few changes in priority date advancement trends from the previous month, but none of them were major.(F1): Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 and up) of U.S. citizens
All areas of chargeability in this category saw two week advancements, expect for Mexico and the Philippines, which advanced by slightly more than one month. This represents a slight acceleration for Mexico—and a slow-down for the Philippines as they approach the other areas of chargeability.
|Mexico||July 8th 1994|
|Philippines||November 1st 2004|
|All other Areas*||June 7th 2007|
|Mexico||August 15th 1994|
|Philippines||December 15th 2004|
|All other Areas*||June 22nd 2007|
(F2-A): Spouses and Children (Under 21) of Permanent Residents
Mexico continues its strong advances by jumping three months—and to the point of not having a significant difference between it and the rest of the world in this category. This effect is magnified by the fact that the rest of the world has slowed from its previous one-month-per-month advancements.
|Mexico||September 22nd 2012|
|All other Areas*||March 1st 2013|
|Mexico||January 1st 2013|
|All other Areas*||March 22nd 2013|
(F2-B): Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 and up) of Permanent Residents
In this category, Mexico continues to lose momentum to advance by less than one month, after several multiple-month advancements. With its consistent two-week advancements, the Philippines’ date continues to fall behind the rest of the world’s, which is making over-one-month advances.
|Mexico||September 8th, 1994|
|Philippines||January 1st 2004|
|All other Areas*||January 8th 2008|
|Mexico||October 1st, 1994|
|Philippines||January 15th 2004|
|All other Areas*||February 22nd 2008|
(F3): Married Sons and Daughters (21 and Up) of U.S. Citizens
This category’s advancement is grinding to an apparent halt. Mexico and the Philippines show signs of acceleration, but regardless, their dates are far in the past.
|Mexico||November 1st 1993|
|Philippines||June 8th 1993|
|All other Areas*||December 8th 2003|
|Mexico||November 15th 1993|
|Philippines||June 22nd 1993|
|All other Areas*||December 15th 2003|
(F4): Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens
All areas of chargeability in this category saw two or three week advancements. This category has been having trouble staying above the one-month-per-month threshold. The Philippines were able to do so this month, but their place in this category represents the farthest back of any priority date activity in the whole system.
|Mexico||February 15th 1997|
|Philippines||May 1st 1991|
|All other Areas*||February 8th 2002|
|Mexico||March 1st 1997|
|Philippines||June 1st 1991|
|All other Areas*||February 22nd 2002|
If your priority date is current, or if you have questions about the Visa Bulletin and how it may apply to you, contact The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates today to consult with one of our experienced attorneys.
*All other “areas of chargeability” as defined by the USDOS
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