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February 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

Family-Based Categories:

(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)

December 2016

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 advanced by a little over two months, except for Mexico, which advanced by three weeks, and the Philippines which advanced by almost three months.

For F-2A visas, we saw each country advance by one seven weeks except for Mexico, which advanced by six weeks. The filing date for F-2B visas advanced by two months, except for Mexico. Mexico advanced by three weeks.

All F3 visas advanced by three weeks, except for Mexico. F3 Mexico did not advance.

F-4 visas saw some movement. India advanced by one month while China advanced by two months. Mexico advanced by one week while the Philippines advanced by three weeks. All other areas advanced by three weeks.

Dates for Initial filing saw no movement.

Dates for Initial Filing

December 2016 
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