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February 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

We have not seen a lot of volatility in the family-sponsored preference categories. Instead, they are subject to slow and steady change that can easily be tracked from month to month. Family-sponsored visa beneficiaries (that are already in the United States) may continue to use the Initial Filing Dates rather than the Final Action Dates.

Unfortunately, Initial Filing Dates in February have remained unchanged for all countries in all categories and have not moved forward this period.

Final Action Dates, on the other hand, have moved forward in most categories, making slow progress. It would seem that USCIS is choosing to focus on advancing Final Action Dates this period, after focusing on Initial Filing Dates last month. Hopefully this will mean that they will focus on Initial Filing Dates next period, and we’ll see some more meaningful advances.

(F1): Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 and up) of U.S. citizens

Unfortunately, Initial Filing Dates have not moved for any area this period.

Final Action Dates are making slow but steady progress.

Dates for Final Action (Green Card Approval)

Mexico

January 1, 1995

Philippines

November 1, 2003

All other Areas*

July 8, 2008

Dates for Initial Filing

Mexico

April 1, 1995

Philippines

September 1, 2005

All other Areas*

October 1, 2009

(F2-A): Spouses and Children (Under 21) of Permanent Residents

Initial Filing Dates unfortunately have not progressed at all this month for any country. Final Action Dates have progressed one week for Mexico, and one month for all other countries in category F2-A.

Dates for Final Action (Green Card Approval)

Mexico

June 8, 2014

All other Areas*

September 1, 2014

Dates for Initial Filing

All Areas

June 15, 2015

(F2-B): Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 and up) of Permanent Residents

Initial Filing Dates have unfortunately not progressed this month for any country. Final Action Dates progressed in all areas except Mexico, which remains stagnant this period.

Dates for Final Action (Green Card Approval)

Mexico

September 8, 1995

Philippines

February 1, 2005

All other Areas*

May 15, 2009

Dates for Initial Filing

Mexico

April 1, 1996

Philippines

May 1, 2005

All other Areas*

December 15, 2010

(F3): Married Sons and Daughters (21 and Up) of U.S. Citizens

Initial Filing Dates have unfortunately remained unchanged this period. Final Action Dates have slowly progressed by one month for all countries.

Dates for Final Action (Green Card Approval) have advanced more than one month for Mexico, three weeks for the Philippines, and one month for all other areas of chargeability.

Mexico

September 8, 1994

Philippines

November 22, 1993

All other Areas*

October 1, 2004

Dates for Initial Filing

Mexico

May 1, 1995

Philippines

August 1, 1995

All other Areas*

August 1, 2005

(F4): Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens

Initial Filing Dates have unfortunately remained unchanged this period for all countries. For Final Action Dates, Mexico has remained unchanged, while the Philippines and all other areas advanced by a few weeks.

Dates for Final Action (Green Card Approval)

Mexico

April 1, 1997

Philippines

August 8, 1992

All other Areas*

June 8, 2003

Dates for Initial Filing

Mexico

June 1, 1998

Philippines

January 1, 1993

All other Areas*

May 1, 2004

If your petition’s priority date is before or near its corresponding cutoff date, or if you have questions about the Visa Bulletin and how it may apply to your immigration case, contact The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates.

*All other “areas of chargeability” as defined by the State Department

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