December 2017 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 saw two weeks of advancement, except for the Philippines, which retrogressed by two years.
For F-2A visas, we saw each country advance by five weeks, except for Mexico, which advanced by two weeks. The filing date for F-2B visas advanced by one week, except for the Philippines which retrogressed by five months and Mexico, which did not advance.
All F3 visas advanced by three weeks, except for Mexico, which advanced by two weeks, and the Philippines, which advanced by one week.
F4 China and all other areas advanced by three weeks. F4 India advanced by one month. F4 Mexico did not advance and F4 Philippines advanced by seven weeks.
Dates for Initial Filing