February 2015 Visa Bulletin Analysis for Family-Sponsored (F) Immigrant Visas
Below is our monthly analysis of the State Department’s Visa Bulletin for family-sponsored immigration. Family-based immigrant visas have priority date cutoffs, except for the following, which are “Immediate Relative” visas:
This month, signs of advancement momentum faded away in most categories. Many priority date cutoffs remain in the distant past. However, there is still hope for acceleration in the months to come.(F1): Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 and up) of U.S. citizens
All areas of chargeability in this category saw two week advancements. It appeared as though the Mexico date was finally picking up the pace after stagnating in the early 1990’s, but it’s slowing down again. The Philippines’ date advanced by one week last month and finally hit 2005 this month. Mexico should speed up soon, but the Philippines and the rest of the world are expected to remain slow.
|Mexico||September 15th 1994|
|Philippines||December 22nd 2004|
|All other Areas*||July 8th 2007|
|Mexico||October 1st 1994|
|Philippines||January 8th 2005|
|All other Areas*||July 22nd 2007|
(F2-A): Spouses and Children (Under 21) of Permanent Residents
Mexico’s date slightly accelerates to regain its two-months-per-month momentum. It was said last month that there is no significant difference between Mexico and the rest of the world in this category, but the statement is truer now. This effect is magnified by the fact that the rest of the world continues its less than one-month-per-month advancements.
|Mexico||February 22nd 2013|
|All other Areas*||April 15th 2013|
|Mexico||April 22nd 2013|
|All other Areas*||May 8th 2013|
(F2-B): Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 and up) of Permanent Residents
After a slowdown, Mexico’s date advancement has accelerated past one-month-per-month. It should stay at or above this level in the short term. The Philippines’ date also accelerated, but barely. It may hit one-month-per-month soon. The rest of the world’s date is making significant progress by jumping to a seven week’s advancement.
|Mexico||November 1st 1994|
|Philippines||February 1st 2004|
|All other Areas*||April 1st 2008|
|Mexico||December 15th 1994|
|Philippines||February 22nd 2004|
|All other Areas*||May 22nd 2008|
(F3): Married Sons and Daughters (21 and Up) of U.S. Citizens
In this category, Mexico is the only area that isn’t moving at less than one-month-per-month, but it’s still stuck in 1993, which represents its longest waiting period. Not only are the Philippines moving very slowly, they are the farthest behind at July 1993. All other areas of chargeability are also moving very slowly.
|Mexico||December 15th 1993|
|Philippines||July 8th 1993|
|All other Areas*||December 22nd 2003|
|Mexico||January 15th 1994|
|Philippines||July 15th 1993|
|All other Areas*||January 1st 2004|
(F4): Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens
This category has had poor advancement in recent times, but it looks like this could change. The Philippines’ date is finally making up for a great deal of lost ground, though Mexico’s continues to stall. Everywhere else is doing moderately well, however.
|Mexico||March 22nd 1997|
|Philippines||July 15th 1991|
|All other Areas*||March 22nd 2002|
|Mexico||April 22nd 1997|
|Philippines||August 8th 1991|
|All other Areas*||April 15th 2002|
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*All other “areas of chargeability” as defined by the USDOS
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