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

For your convenience, The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates provides you with the current processing times for family-sponsored immigrant visas as a way to assist you in your green card application process. The information below reflects the current processing times as reported in the Visa Bulletin for January 2014. In order to provide you with more comprehensive look into the monthly and annual trends in processing times, we have also included the processing times reported in the December 2013 and January 2013 Visa Bulletins. Looking at the monthly and annual trend can enable you to make an informed prediction about when your priority date may become current.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: F-1 visas are oversubscribed worldwide. The priority date cut-off for China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed slightly since last month. However, the priority date cut-off for Mexico and the Philippines has been stagnant since November.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: Since the December 2013 Visa Bulletin was released, the priority date cut-off for China, India, and all other chargeability areas progressed slightly less than one month, from November 15, 2006 to December 8, 2006. Last January, the cut-off date was December 22, 2005. It looks like the priority date cut-off for the F-1 visa category is progressing forward at a monthly rate. If your priority date falls before December 8, 2006, you are eligible to apply for your green card. If your priority date falls before January 15, 2007, consider preparing to file for your green card sometime in February 2014. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to consult with an experienced attorney about filing for your green card.

Mexico: The processing time for F-1 visa applicants from Mexico has been at a standstill for a few months, lingering at September 22, 1993. Since last January, the cut-off date has progressed only two months, from July 8, 1993 to September 22, 1993. If your priority date is before September 22, 1993, 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 also remained stagnant since last November, lingering at July 1, 2001. Since last January, the cut-off date has jumped three years, from December 22, 1997 to July 1, 2001, creating hope for progress in 2014. If your priority date is before July 1, 2001, contact us to continue on your path to permanent residence.

F-2A: Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents

Global Glimpse: F-2A visas continue to be oversubscribed worldwide and have not progressed 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 is September 8, 2013.

China, India, the Philippines, and All Other Chargeability Areas: The cut-off date for China, India, the Philippines, and all other chargeability areas for F-2A visas has been the same since the cut-off date was implemented in October 2013, remaining at September 8, 2013. Don’t let this recent stagnation get you down. The priority date for these areas was current in August and September of 2013 and jumped nearly three years from September 22, 2010 last January to September 8, 2013 this January. Check back often to see if progress resumes in 2014. If your priority date is before September 8, 2013, contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates for assistance in obtaining your green card.

Mexico: The processing time of the F-2A visa category for Mexico has also been stagnant since October 2013. The priority date cut-off for January 2014 is September 8, 2013. Keep in mind that the priority date cut-off for Mexico F-2A visas may retrogress in the future. If your priority date is before September 8, 2013, don’t fall victim to this retrogression! 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: F-2B visas are still oversubscribed in January 2014. The processing time for F-2B visas for China, India and all other chargeability areas advanced by one month since December 2013. The cut-off date for F-2B visas for the Philippines jumped by five weeks, while the processing time for F-2B visas for Mexico remained the same since last month.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: Since December 2013, the priority date cut-off for F-2B visas from China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed by one month from to May 1, 2006 to June 1, 2006. Since last year, when the cut-off date was December 8, 2004, the priority date cut-off for these areas has moved forward by over 18 months. If your priority date falls before June 1, 2006, it’s your time to shine! Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to apply for your green card today. If your priority date falls sometime in June 2006, consider getting started on your green card application for February 2014.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for F-2B visa applicants from Mexico has been resting at April 1, 1994 since November of 2013. Last year, the date cut-off date was November 22, 1992, meaning the processing times progressed rapidly in 2013. We will keep an eye out for any indications of progress in 2014. Visa applicants with a priority date that is before April 1, 1994 are eligible for a green card. Contact us to continue on your path to legal permanent residence.

Philippines: The cut-off date for F-2B visa applicants from the Philippines has progressed over one month since the December 2013 Visa Bulletin was released, from March 22, 2003 to May 1, 2003. The priority date has progressed a little over one year since January 2013, when the priority date cut-off was April 15, 2002. If your priority date falls before May 1, 2003, contact us to learn what your next step is in obtaining your green card. If your priority date falls sometime in May 2003, it would be prudent for you to be prepared to file your green card application in February 2014.

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

Global Glimpse: Processing time for F-3 visas for China, India and all other chargeability areas has progressed by over one month since the December 2013 Visa Bulletin was released. F-3 visas for the Philippines progressed only slightly and the processing time for F-3 visas for Mexico did not change from December 2013 to January 2014.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: The processing time for F-3 visas from China, India and all other chargeability areas changed by over a month, from to March 8, 2003 to April 15, 2003. The cut-off date for these areas has progressed approximately nine months since last January, when the cut-off date was June 22, 2002. Given the monthly and annual trend, it is likely that the priority date cut-off will progress to May 8, 2003 in February 2014. If your priority date is before April 22, 2003, you a green card may be available to you. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to learn more.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for F-3 visas from Mexico has been static since November 2013, lingering at June 1, 1993. The priority date cut-off has only progressed three months since last January, when the cut-off date was March 8, 1993. If your priority date falls before June 1, 1993, contact us to finally move forward with your green card application.

Philippines: Since the December 2013 Visa Bulletin was released, the priority date cut-off for F-3 applicants from the Philippines advanced by nearly two weeks from January 22, 1993 to February 1, 1993. The priority date cut-off has been progressing at one to two week intervals in recent months. Thus, it is likely that the cut-off date in February 2014 will be sometime in mid-February 1993. From January 2013 to January 2014 the priority date cut-off has advanced six months, from August 8, 1992 to February 1, 1993. If your priority date is before February 1, 1993, contact us to apply for your green card today.

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

Global Glimpse: F-4 visas continue to be backlogged for the January 2014 Visa Bulletin. Since December 2013, processing times for F-4 visas for China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed by a little under one month. While the processing time for F-4 visas for the Philippines progressed by one month, the processing time for F-4 visas for Mexico progressed by only two weeks.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: From December 2013 to January 2014, the processing time for F-4 visas from China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed slightly, from to September 8, 2001 to October 1, 2001. In the past year, the cut-off date has progressed by six months, from April 8, 2001 to October 1, 2001. If your priority date is before October 1 2001, it’s your turn to receive your green card. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to learn more. Given the two week trend in progress, it is likely that the cut-off date will move forward to mid-October 2001 in the February 2014 Visa Bulletin.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for F-4 visas from Mexico has progressed ever-so-slightly, from October 22, 1996 to November 1, 1996. The priority date cut-off has only progressed just over three months since last January, when the cut-off date was July 22, 1996. If your priority date falls before November 1, 1996, you’re next in line for a green card. Contact us to move forward with your green card application.

Philippines: The priority date cut-off for F-4 visa applicants from the Philippines advanced by one month, from June 1, 1990 to July 1, 1990 since the December 2013 Visa Bulletin was released. From December, 2012 to 2013 the priority date cut-off has advanced over one year, from April 15, 1989 to July 1, 1990. If your priority date is before June 1, 1990, dust off your receipt notice and contact us to apply for your green card.

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