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

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

Immediate Relative Visas

This month, there are signs of improvement in many categories, but there is nothing major yet. Things could go either way in the coming months.

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

It appeared as though the Mexico date was finally picking up the pace after stagnating in the early 1990’s—but it has hit a slow patch in 1994. The Philippines’ date has accelerated slightly, but the rest of the world is slowing. This category’s dates are not expected to move much in the coming months, though the Mexican one could.

February
MexicoOctober 1st 1994
PhilippinesJanuary 8th 2005
All other Areas*July 22nd 2007

March
MexicoOctober 22nd 1994
PhilippinesFebruary 1st 2005
All other Areas*August 1st 2007

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

It appears that this category has normalized. Mexico’s date is at one-month-per-month and the rest of the world’s date has moved (somewhat faster than expected) by seven weeks to land exactly one month ahead of Mexico’s.

February
MexicoApril 22nd 2013
All other Areas*May 8th 2013

March
MexicoMay 22nd 2013
All other Areas*June 22nd 2013

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

Mexico’s advancement has slowed to two weeks despite prior signs of acceleration. The Philippines’ date has accelerated to one-month-per-month, as predicted. The rest of the world’s date is making significant progress with another over-one-month advancement.

February
MexicoDecember 15th 1994
PhilippinesFebruary 22nd 2004
All other Areas*May 22ndst 2008

March
MexicoJanuary 1st 1995
PhilippinesMarch 22nd 2004
All other Areas*July 8th 2008

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

In this category, Mexico’s date is the only one at or above one-month-per-month, but it’s still stuck 21 years in the past. This is Mexico’s earliest priority date cutoff. But, it isn’t as bad as the Filipino date, which is stuck in 1993. The rest of the world’s date is still slow, but not as slow as it was, and isn’t too far in the past.

February
MexicoJanuary 15th 1994
PhilippinesJuly 15th 1993
All other Areas*January 1st 2004

March
MexicoFebruary 22nd 1994
PhilippinesAugust 1st 1993
All other Areas*January 22nd 2004

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

This category has had poor advancement in recent times, but things could be picking up finally. Mexico’s date had the strongest improvement, and the Filipino date has stopped falling behind (though it has been the worst cutoff in the whole Bulletin for a long time). Everywhere else’s date appears to have normalized at its current distance in the past.

February
MexicoApril 22nd 1997
PhilippinesAugust 8th 1991
All other Areas*April 15th 2002

March
MexicoJune 1st 1997
PhilippinesSeptember 8th 1991
All other Areas*May 15th 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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