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January 2015 Visa Bulletin Analysis for Family-Sponsored (F) Immigrant Visas

Below is our monthly analysis of the State Department’s Visa Bulletin for family cases. All family based immigrant visas have priority date cutoffs, except for the following, which are “Immediate Relative” visas:

Immediate Relative Visas

This month, there were no noticeable changes in trends. Many priority date cutoffs remain in the distant past.

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

All areas of chargeability in this category saw two week advancements or less, except Mexico, which advanced by a month. It appeared as though Mexico was finally picking up the pace after stagnating in the early 1990’s for so long, but this doesn’t appear to be happening yet. The Philippines have been slowing as they approach 2005 to the point of only having a one-week advancement.

MexicoAugust 15th 1994
PhilippinesDecember 15th 2004
All other Areas*June 22th 2007
MexicoSeptember 15th 1994
PhilippinesDecember 22nd 2004
All other Areas*July 8th 2007

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

Mexico tops off its recent string of three month advancements with an almost two-month movement. 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.

MexicoJanuary 1st 2013
All other Areas*March 22nd 2013
MexicoFebruary 22nd 2013
All other Areas*April 15th 2013

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

After several multiple-month advancements followed by a slowdown, Mexico’s momentum appears to be back on its feet, though its date still has a long way to go. With its consistent two-week advancements, the Philippines’ date continues to fall behind the rest of the world’s, which is making over-one-month advances.

MexicoOctober 1st 1994
PhilippinesJanuary 15th 2004
All other Areas*February 22nd 2008
MexicoNovember 1st 1994
PhilippinesFebruary 1st 2004
All other Areas*April 1st 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.

MexicoNovember 15th 1993
PhilippinesJune 22nd 1993
All other Areas*December 15th 2003
MexicoDecember 15th 1993
PhilippinesJuly 8th 1993
All other Areas*December 22nd 2003

(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 1st 1997
PhilippinesJune 1st 1991
All other Areas*February 22nd 2002
MexicoMarch 22nd 1997
PhilippinesJuly 15th 1991
All other Areas*March 22nd 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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