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June 2015 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:

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

Last month showed hope for improvement, but this month told a different story. Several dates have frozen, and two have retrogressed. It is thus hard to predict what the next month will bring.

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

This category saw no improvement this month. The Mexico date continues its one-week-per-month crawl, and the “rest of the world’s” date continues its two-week-per-month trajectory. However, the Philippines’ retrogression appears to be across the board, as its date here has fallen by five years in addition to falling by seven in the (employment based) EB-3 category over the last two months.

May
MexicoNovember 8th 1994
PhilippinesFebruary 1 st 2005
All other Areas*August 15th 2007

June
MexicoNovember 15th 1994
PhilippinesMarch 1st 2000
All other Areas*September 1st 2007

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

This category was at a regular pace last month, and it mostly remains at one this month. However, Mexico’s date abruptly stopped. What it will do next cannot be reliably predicted from this.

May
MexicoAugust 8th 2013
All other Areas*September 1st 2013

June
MexicoAugust 8th 2013
All other Areas*October 1st 2013

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

Last month looked promising for this category, but this month does not. Mexico and the Philippines moved by only one week, and the rest of the world’s date didn’t move at all.

May
MexicoApril 1st 1995
PhilippinesApril 22nd 2004
All other Areas*September 15th 2008

June
MexicoApril 18th 1995
PhilippinesMay 1 2004
All other Areas*September 15th 2008

(F3): Married Sons and Daughters (21 and Up) of U.S. Citizens

This category has been struggling for a while, but this month none of its dates move. One can hope that this means it will move healthily next month.

May
MexicoApril 15th 1994
PhilippinesAugust 15th 1993
All other Areas*February 22nd 2004

June
MexicoApril 15th 1994
PhilippinesAugust 15th 1993
All other Areas*February 22nd 2004

(F4): Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens

Mexico’s date was in a jump and stall cycle, averaging three-weeks-per-month. However, it has now retrogressed back to March of 1997. The Filipino date in this category is the worst in the entire bulletin, but it continues to fall further from the present despite not doing so (for the first time in a while) last month. The rest of the world’s date has fallen below the one-month-per-month marker again as well.

May
MexicoJuly 15th 1997
PhilippinesOctober 22nd 1991
All other Areas*August 1st 2002

June
MexicoMarch 1st 1997
PhilippinesNovember 8th 1991
All other Areas*November 8th 2002

If your petition’s priority date is before or near its corresponding cutoff date, or if you have questions about the Visa Bulletin and how it may apply to your immigration case, contact The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates.

*All other “areas of chargeability” as defined by the State Department


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