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

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for March 2014. Below is a detailed analysis of the priority date cut-offs for family-sponsored green cards as reported in this month’s Visa Bulletin.

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
NationPriority Date Cut-Off
China – mainland bornFebruary 1, 2007
IndiaFebruary 1, 2007
MexicoOctober 15, 1993
PhilippinesAugust 15, 2001
All Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedFebruary 1, 2007

Global Glimpse: The F-1 visa category for China, India and the rest of the world progressed ahead by one month. However, it only progressed by two weeks for Mexico and remained stagnant for the Philippines.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: As we predicted last month, the priority date cut-off for China, India and the all other chargeability areas advanced by one month to February 1, 2007. If your priority date is before February 1, 2007, a green card is available to you. One year ago, the priority date cut-off for these areas was February 15, 2006. Thus, if your priority date is before March 1, 2007, you should consider preparing to file your green card application in April 2014. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to consult with an experienced attorney about applying for your green card.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for F-1 visa applicants from has moved forward two weeks, from October 1, 1993 to October 15, 1993. If your priority date is before October 15, 1993, a green card is finally available to you. Contact us today to learn more about filing for your green card. If you’re still in queue, we are happy to help you 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 remained stagnant since last month, lingering at August 15, 2001. Don’t let that get you down. The cut-off date leaped over four years since last March. If your priority date is before August 15, 2001, contact us to continue on your path to permanent residence.

F-2A: Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents
NationPriority Date Cut-Off
China – mainland bornSeptember 8, 2013
IndiaSeptember 8, 2013
MexicoApril 15, 2012
PhilippinesSeptember 8, 2013
All Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedSeptember 8, 2013

Global Glimpse: As we predicted, the priority date cut-off for F-2A visa for Mexico has retrogressed by over one year. The priority date cut-off for F-2A applicants from China, India, the Philippines and the rest of the world has been at a standstill since the re-introduction of a cut-off date in the October 2013 Visa Bulletin.

China, India, the Philippines, and All Other Chargeability Areas: The March 2014 Visa Bulletin reports that F-2A visas for China, India, the Philippines, and all other chargeability areas remain at a standstill. The priority date cut-off for these areas has been September 8, 2013 since October 2013. If your priority date is before September 8, 2013 and you have been putting off filing your green card application, contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to tackle that to do list.

Mexico: Last month, we reported that F-2A visas may retrogress in the future and that prediction has come true. The priority date cut-off retrogressed over one year, from September 1, 2013 back to April 15, 2012. Contact us to learn more about how retrogression can affect your case.

F-2B: Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents
NationPriority Date Cut-Off
China – mainland bornSeptember 1, 2006
IndiaSeptember 1, 2006
MexicoMay 1, 1993
PhilippinesJune 8, 2003
All Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedSeptember 1, 2006

Global Glimpse: The priority date cut-off for the F-2B visa category for China, India and all other chargeability areas progressed by two weeks since the February 2014 Visa Bulletin was released. The cut-off date for F-2B visas for the Philippines progressed about two weeks, but the priority date cut-off for Mexico has remained the same.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: Since last month, the priority date cut-off for F-2B visas from China, India and all other chargeability progressed by two months to September 1, 2006. The priority dates have been progressing a little more rapidly than a monthly rate since last year, when the priority date cut-off was March 1, 2005. If your priority date falls before September 1, 2006, you’re eligible for a green card! Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates today. If your priority date falls sometime in November 2006, consider getting started on your green card application for April 2014.

Mexico: After last month’s retrogression, the priority date cut-off for F-2B visas for Mexico has not advanced beyond May 1, 1993. If you were affected by last month’s retrogression contact us to learn what this means for you.

Philippines: The priority date cut-off for the F-2B visa category for the Philippines progressed from May 22, 2003 to June 8, 2003. Last year, the priority date was June 8, 2002. Thus, it appears that to be moving at approximately a monthly rate. If your priority date is before June 8, 2003, contact us to learn what your next step is in obtaining your green card. If your priority date falls sometime in July 2003, be prepared to file your green card application in April 2014.

F-3: Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens
NationPriority Date Cut-Off
China – mainland bornJune 15, 2003
IndiaJune 15, 2003
MexicoJune 8, 1993
PhilippinesFebruary 15, 1993
All Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedJune 15, 2003

Global Glimpse: From February to March 2014, the processing time for F-3 visas for China, India and all other chargeability areas moved forward one month. The priority date for F-3 visas for the Philippines progressed by one week and the priority date cut-off for F-3 visas for Mexico has finally moved forward after being static since November 2013.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: The priority date cut-off for F-3 visas from China, India and all other chargeability areas moved forward one month, from May 15, 2003 to June 15, 2003. Considering the monthly progression rate, you will likely see the priority date cut-off progress to July 15, 2003 in the April 2014 Visa Bulletin. If your priority date is before June 15, 2003, contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to move forward with obtaining your green card.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for F-3 visas from Mexico has finally progressed after being stagnant since November 2013. The priority date cut-off only moved forward one week, from June 1, 1993 to June 8, 1993, but at least it has finally budged. If your priority date falls before June 8, 1993, dust off your approval notice and contact us today to move forward with your green card application.

Philippines: As anticipated, the priority date cut-off for F-3 applicants from the Philippines progressed by one week since last month, making the priority date cut-off February 15, 1993. You can expect the priority date to fall sometime in early March of 1993 in the next visa bulletin. If your priority date is before February 15, 1993, contact us to apply for your green card today.

F-4: Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens
NationPriority Date Cut-Off
China – mainland bornNovember 8, 2001
IndiaNovember 8, 2001
MexicoNovember 15, 1996
PhilippinesSeptember 1, 1990
All Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedNovember 8, 2001

Global Glimpse: In March 2014, the priority date cut-off for F-4 visas for all areas progressed. China, India, the Philippines and the rest of the world progressed faster than Mexico.

China, India, and All Other Chargeability Areas: As predicted last month, the processing time for F-4 visas from China, India and all other chargeability areas moved forward two weeks, from October 22, 2001 to November 8, 2001. Given the rate of progression, you can expect the priority date cut-off for these areas to be around mid-November 2001 in the April 2014 Visa Bulletin. If your priority date falls before November 8, 2001, you’re next in line to receive your green card. Contact the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates to move forward.

Mexico: The priority date cut-off for F-4 visas for Mexican nationals is still progressing at a weekly pace, from November 8, 1996 to November 15, 1996. It’s likely that next month, the priority date cut-off will be November 22, 1996. If your priority date falls before November 15, 1996, it’s your time to shine. Contact us to speak with an experienced immigration attorney about applying for your green card.

Philippines: The F-4 category for Filipino nationals has progressed by a little less than one month since the February 2014 Visa Bulletin. The priority date cut-off for March 2014 is September 1, 1990. If your priority date is before September 1, 1990, you’re next in line! Contact us to apply for your green card today!

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If your priority date is current or if you have any further questions about the Visa Bulletin and how it applies to you, contact us today to consult with one of our experienced attorneys.

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