Visa Bulletin for September 2013: F2A Still Current

The fact that 77% of the overall F2A quota is exempt from the worldwide limit seems to be the reason for the continuing "Current" status of the F2A category. Some would not want to hold their breaths for various reasons.

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Visa Bulletin for September 2013: F2A Still Current
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Posted on August 14, 2013

Green card petitions still current: visa interviews could be requested 

Based on the just released September Visa Bulletin of the US State Department, visa applicants inthe F2A category remain current for September.

This means for those with approved F2A petitions, they can - and should contact the National Visa Center - to request for immigrant visa processing and interview schedule.

Note: Only visa applicants who are considered documentarily qualified would be eligible for immigrant visa scheduling.

The September 2013 priority dates for the Philippines are shown below. If your priority date is included or has a date before the published cut-off date, you must ensure that the National Visa Center has your current address to avoid having your visa application cancelled for inaction (due to an old mailing address).


F1- 08 May2001
F2A - Current
F2B - 22 January 2003
F3 - 22 December 1992
F4 - 15 February 1990

Employment-based- all categories are current except for the ones below.

EB3 - 01 December 2006
Other Workers - 01 December 2006

WHAT COULD CAUSE RETROGRESSION. There are several factors that point towards the F2A category retrogressing or going backwards again after being current for the month of August 2013.

1. Per country allocation. There is a 25,620 per country quota (including that of the Philippines) Applicants in the various Family and Employment-based categories are competing to be in line and be documentarily-qualified ahead of the others.

2. Adjustment of Status Applicants get the first shot. F2A visa beneficiaries who are in the United States can immediately apply for adjustment of status even if they are out of status. They usually get in line first for the limited per country allocation. 

3. Green card holders in the US who have not yet filed petitions for their spouse or children (who are in the US legally or not) may file a petition for them together with the spouse/minor children’s adjustment of status application. They are distinct and separate from those who have F2A visa petitions already on file and just waiting for the priority date.

For a free assessment and how to request the start of your immigrant visa processing  and avoid being caught by a probable retrogression of the F2A category, call the Immigrant Visa Center at 02-634-8717 or log on to for the free online assessment.

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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