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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:

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.

MexicoSeptember 15th 1994
PhilippinesDecember 22nd 2004
All other Areas*July 8th 2007
MexicoOctober 1st 1994
PhilippinesJanuary 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.

MexicoFebruary 22nd 2013
All other Areas*April 15th 2013
MexicoApril 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.

MexicoNovember 1st 1994
PhilippinesFebruary 1st 2004
All other Areas*April 1st 2008
MexicoDecember 15th 1994
PhilippinesFebruary 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.

MexicoDecember 15th 1993
PhilippinesJuly 8th 1993
All other Areas*December 22nd 2003
MexicoJanuary 15th 1994
PhilippinesJuly 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.

MexicoMarch 22nd 1997
PhilippinesJuly 15th 1991
All other Areas*March 22nd 2002
MexicoApril 22nd 1997
PhilippinesAugust 8th 1991
All other Areas*April 15th 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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