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May 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)

May 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 seven weeks, except for Mexico, which advanced by three weeks, and the Philippines which advanced by two weeks.

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

All F3 visas advanced by one month, except for the Philippines and Mexico. Mexico advanced by two weeks and the Philippines advanced by one week.

F4 China and all other areas did not advance, while F4 India advanced by three weeks. F4 Mexico advanced by two weeks and the Philippines advanced by five weeks.

Dates for Initial Filing

May 2017
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