You Could Be Snowboarding Now Had You Not Missed Your Visa Appointment - Visa Processing Times Aug-Dec. 2013

Reading the Visa Bulletin is more than just what priority dates are being processed. A priority date is the date that petition was acknowledged and received by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The dates on the monthly Visa Bulletin being published by the US State Department simply lists the cut-off dates of each category.

For example, for December 2014, F2A petitions filed on or before September 8, 2013 are being scheduled for interviews because visas are already available. To be scheduled for interview, one must be considered “documentarily qualified.” Then there is the issue of the overall annual visa quota and the allocation for each category (Family-sponsored and Employment-based).

As the principal applicant (main visa beneficiary) you must know the (1) annual allocation for your specific visa category; (2) per-country limit; (3) the total number of visas in your category waiting for priority dates to be current and (4) the processing times at the specific U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Center for new petitions (in the same category as yours) being accepted.  These new petitions  once approved, are added on to the current immigrant visa waiting list.

Your priority date is then not a static number, but a moving target. Nobody can say for certain when you will actually be scheduled for the interview. However, by having the latest information on the four (4) factors listed above, you would be able to better monitor and best prepare for the interview. You would not want to be re-scheduled because of one missing or incomplete document. Worst, you would not want to have your visa application revoked for not being able to communicate with the National Visa Center because of change of address or a change in the immigration status, or domicile of the petitioner.

To illustrate: if you had been aware of news that the F2A would be current in August, you would have made sure that you are already “documentarily qualified”, contacted the NVC and be scheduled for an interview before your visa category retrogressed or moved backward.

 

Category

Aug. 2013

Oct. 2013

Dec. 2013

F1

01JAN01

01JAN01

01JUL01

F2A

Current

08SEP13

08SEP13

F2B

22DEC02

08FEB03

22MAR03

F3

01DEC92

01JAN93

22JAN93

F4

08JAN90

22MAR90

01JUN90

EB3

22OCT06

15DEC06

08JAN07

OW

22OCT06

15DEC06

08JAN07

If you need be  in determining when your priority date could be current and how to be considered documentarily qualified, you may call the Immigrant Visa Center at +632-634-8717 or email immigrants@visacenter.org

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