July 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
(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
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.
F-1 visa categories advanced over two months for each country.
For F-2A visas, we saw each country advance by a week except for Mexico, which remained September 1, 2014. The filing date for F-2B visas advanced by almost two months, except for Mexico and the Philippines. The Philippines advanced by a month and Mexico remained the same.
We did not see any movement for F-3 visas.
F-4 visas saw advancement by one month for the Philippines and all other areas besides China, India and Mexico.Dates for Initial Filing
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 July have remained unchanged for all countries in all categories and have not moved forward this period.