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November 2016 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)

November 2016

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 eight months, except for Mexico, which advanced by one week.

For F-2A visas, we saw each country advance by one months except for Mexico, which advanced by five weeks. The filing date for F-2B visas advanced by one month, except for Mexico. Mexico advanced by one week and Philippines advanced by six weeks.

All F3 visas advanced by one month.

F-4 visas saw the most movement. All areas advanced by almost four months, while china advanced by seven months. Mexico advanced by five weeks and the Philippines advanced by five months. India, however, saw a retrogression of just over two years.

Dates for Initial filing saw very little movement outside of F-1 visas, where all areas advanced by on year except for Mexico (advanced by two months) and Philippines (advanced by five months).

Dates for Initial Filing

November 2016 
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