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

The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates rigorously tracks the Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for family-sponsored immigrant visas each month in order to provide you with the most up-to-date processing times. Below, please find a detailed analysis of the Visa Bulletin for February 2014, including an analysis of monthly and annual trends for each category. The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates has decades of combined experience in immigration law. Contact us if you would like to consult with one of our knowledgeable attorneys about the Visa Bulletin or the green card application process.

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

Global Glimpse: The priority date cut-off in the F-1 category has progressed worldwide since last month, including for the Philippines and Mexico, which had been stagnant since November 2013.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: As predicted, the priority date got China, India and the all other chargeability areas progressed by one month, from December 8, 2006 to January 1, 2007, since the January 2014 Visa Bulletin was released, meaning if your priority date is before January 1, 2007, a visa number is available to you. Last February, the priority date cut-off for these areas was January 15, 2006. Given this steady rate of progression and no predictions otherwise, if your priority date is before February 1, 2007, you can likely begin preparing to file your green card application in March 2014. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to consult with an experienced attorney about filing for your green card.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for F-1 visa applicants from has finally progressed ever so slightly from September 22, 1993 to October 1, 1993, after remaining stagnant since November 2013. Since last February, the cut-off date has moved forward only three months. If your priority date is before October 1, 1993, dust off your approval notice and 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 finally progressed over one month, from July 1, 2001 to August 15, 2001 after remaining at a standstill since November 2013. Since last February, the cut-off date has jumped over four years, from March 8, 1998 to August 15, 2001.If your priority date is before August 15, 2001, contact us to continue on your path to permanent residence.

F-2A: Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents

Global Glimpse: As reported last month, the processing time for the F-2A visas has remained stagnant since the re-introduction of a cut-off date in the October 2013 Visa Bulletin, which was the beginning of the 2014 fiscal year. Luckily the wait time isn’t too long, as the priority date cut-offs for all chargeability areas continues to be September 8, 2013.

China, India, the Philippines, and All Other Chargeability Areas: Going into February 2014, the cut-off date for China, India, the Philippines, and all other chargeability areas for F-2A continues to remain stagnant at September 8, 2013 since October 2013. We will keep a close eye for any progression in the upcoming months. However, if your priority date is before September 8, 2013 and you haven’t gotten around to filing your green card application, contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to tackle that to do list.

Mexico: The F-2A visa category for Mexico has also been at a standstill since October 2013, lingering at September 8, 2013. Last month, we reported that F-2A visas may retrogress in the future. So, if haven’t already filed your green card application and your priority date is before September 8, 2013, don’t delay! Contact us immediately to ensure you get your green card application filed.

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

Global Glimpse: As predicted, the priority date cut-off for F-2B visas for Mexico retrogressed. The processing time for F-2B visas for China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed by five weeks since the January 2014 Visa Bulletin was released. The cut-off date for F-2B visas for the Philippines progressed slightly.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: From January to February 2014, the priority date cut-off for F-2B visas from China, India and all other chargeability areas moved forward by five weeks month from June 1, 2006 to July 8, 2006. The priority dates have been progressing at a little more rapidly than a monthly rate since last year, when the priority date cut-off was January 15, 2005. If your priority date falls before July 8, 2006, you’re eligible for a green card. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates today! If your priority date falls sometime in August 2006, consider getting started on your green card application for March 2014.

Mexico: The priority date cu-off for F-2B visas for China retrogressed just under one year, from April 1, 1994 back to May 1, 1993. The processing time F-2 visas for Mexican citizens has been a rollercoaster in the past year. From February 2013 to January 2014, we saw a rapid progression from December 15, 1992 to April 1, 1993. With this significant jump and increased demand came the much anticipated retrogression. If you’ve fallen victim to this retrogression contact us to learn what this means for you.

Philippines: Since last month, the cut-off date for F-2B visa applicants from the Philippines progressed just under one month, from May 1, 2003 to May 22, 2003. Last year, the priority date was May 15, 2002. Thus, it appears that to be moving at approximately a monthly rate. If your priority date is before May 22, 2003, contact us to learn what your next step is in obtaining your green card. If your priority date falls sometime in June 2003, you should consider preparing to file your green card application in March 2014.

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

Global Glimpse: From January to February 2014, the processing time for F-3 visas for China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed by one month. F-3 visas for the Philippines moved forward only one week and the processing time for F-3 visas for Mexico has remained stagnant since November 2013.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: The priority date cut-off for F-3 visas from China, India and all other chargeability areas moved forward one month, from April 15, 2003 to May 15, 2003. Considering the monthly progression rate, it is safe to say that the priority date will progress to sometime in June 2003 in the March 2014 Visa Bulletin. If your priority date is before May 15, 2003, contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates move forward with obtaining your green card.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for F-3 visas from Mexico has been not changed from June 1, 1993 since November 2013. With only three months of progression in the past year, applicants in this category can expect a slow processing time. If your priority date falls before June 1, 1993, and you haven’t yet applied for your green card, contact us today to move forward.

Philippines: As expected, the priority date cut-off for F-3 applicants from the Philippines progressed by only one week since January 2013, making the priority date cut-off February 8, 1993. You can expect the priority date to fall sometime between mid-February and early March of 1993 in the next visa bulletin. If your priority date is before February 8, 1993, contact us to apply for your green card today.

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

Global Glimpse: In February 2014, the priority date cut-off for F-4 visas for China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed by three weeks. However, the processing time for F-4 visas for Mexico is slowing down whereas the processing time for the Philippines is speeding up ever so slightly.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: Since the January 2013 Visa Bulletin was released, the processing time for F-4 visas from China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed by three weeks, from October 1, 2001 to October 22, 2001. The priority date cut-off has progressed by six months since last February. You can likely expect the cut-off date to progress to early November 2001 in the March 2014 Visa Bulletin. If your priority date falls before October 22, 2001, you’re next in line to receive your green card. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to move forward.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for F-4 visas for Mexican citizens continues to move at a weekly pace, from November 1, 1996 to November 8, 1996. If your priority date falls before November 8, 1996, it’s your time to shine. Contact us to move forward with your green card application.

Philippines: Filipino nationals in the F-4 category have seen a progression of over one month since January, from July 1, 1990 to August 8, 1990. In the past year, the priority date cut-off has progressed by fourteen months, from June 1, 1989 to August 8, 1990. If your priority date is before August 8, 1990, your next in line! Contact us to apply for your green card today!

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If your priority date is current or if you have any further questions about the Visa Bulletin and how it applies to you, contact us today to consult with one of our experienced attorneys.

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

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