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March 2017 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

Family-Based Categories:

(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)

Dates for Final Action March 2017

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.

All F-1 visa categories advanced by a little over three months, except for Mexico, which advanced by one week, and the Philippines which advanced by almost two weeks.

For F-2A visas, we saw each country advance by three weeks. The filing date for F-2B visas advanced by five weeks, except for Mexico and the Philippines. Mexico advanced by two weeks and the Philippines advanced by three weeks.

All F3 visas advanced by one month, except for Mexico. F3 Philippines did not advance, while F3 Mexico advanced by one week.

F-4 visas saw some movement. F4 China advanced by one month, while F4 India advanced by five weeks. F4 Mexico and the Philippines advanced by almost two weeks. All other areas advanced by two weeks.

Dates for Initial filing saw no movement.

Dates for Initial Filing

Dates for Initial filing March 2017
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