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October 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)

October 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 a little over one month.

For F-2A visas, we saw each country advance by about six weeks except for Mexico, which advanced by two months. The filing date for F-2B visas advanced by a little under five months, except for Mexico. Mexico retrogressed by three weeks.

We did not see any movement for F-3 visas, except in the Philippines and Mexico. The Philippines advanced by one month, while Mexico advanced by over five months.

F-4 visas saw the most movement. F-4 China retrogressed by two months and F-4 India retrogressed by 30 days. F-4 Mexico advanced by two weeks. F-4 Philippines advanced by over four months and all other areas advanced by three months.

Dates for Initial Filing

September 2016 
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