December 2016 Visa Bulletin Analysis for Family-Sponsored (F) Immigrant Visas
Below is our monthly analysis of the State Department’s Visa Bulletin regarding family-sponsored immigration. These categories have priority date cutoffs, except for the following, which are in the “Immediate Relative” category:
IR-1: Spouse of a U.S. Citizen
IR-2: Unmarried Child Under 21 Years of Age of a U.S. Citizen
IR-3: Orphan adopted abroad by a U.S. Citizen
IR-4: Orphan to be adopted in the U.S. by a U.S. citizen
IR-5: Parent of a U.S. Citizen who is at least 21 years old
(F1): Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 and up) of U.S. citizens
(F2-A): Spouses and Children (Under 21) of Permanent Residents
(F2-B): Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 and up) of Permanent Residents
(F3): Married Sons and Daughters (21 and Up) of U.S. Citizens
(F4): Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens
Dates for Final Action (Green Card Approval)
Final Action Dates have moved forward in most categories, making slow progress. It would seem that USCIS is choosing to focus on advancing Final Action Dates again this period.
All F-1 visa categories advanced by six weeks, except for Mexico, which advanced by one week, and the Philippines which advanced by two weeks.
For F-2A visas, we saw each country advance by one month except for Mexico, which advanced by five weeks. The filing date for F-2B visas advanced by three weeks, except for Mexico and Philippines. Mexico advanced by one week and Philippines advanced by two weeks.
All F3 visas advanced by three weeks, except for Mexico and the Philippines. F3 Mexico and Philippines each advanced by one week.
F-4 visas saw the most movement. All other areas advanced by over four months, while China advanced by nine months. Mexico advanced by five weeks and the Philippines advanced by just over five months. India, however, saw an advancement of three months.
Dates for Initial filing saw very little movement outside of F-1 visas, where all areas advanced by on year except for Mexico (advanced by two months) and Philippines (advanced by five months).
Dates for Initial Filing