January 2018 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
(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)
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.
Almost all F-1 visa categories saw six weeks of advancement. However, F-1 Mexico only advanced by one month and the Philippines did not see any movement.
For F-2A visas, we saw each country advance by five weeks, except for Mexico, which advanced by six weeks.
The filing date for F-2B visas advanced by 10 days, except for the Philippines which remained the same, and Mexico, which advanced by three weeks.
All F3 visas advanced by one weeks, except for Mexico, which advanced by three weeks, and the Philippines, which advanced by one week.
F4 China and all other areas advanced by two weeks. F4 India and F4 Mexico advanced by three weeks. F4 Philippines advanced by one month.
Dates for Initial Filing