May Visa Movement 2005 – 2014

How did visa priority dates move in the Family and Employment-based categories since 2004?

It would be good to know how fast (or  s…l…o….w…) visas moved forward or retrogressed and what factors affect the pacing.  In the meantime, the processing dates for May of each year from 2004 would be a good indicator on how much longer you may have to wait.

For 2014, we are showing both the April and May priority dates.  If the processing pace within this 2-month period is to be the basis for your projection, then the movement would be at least 1 month per month in the F1 (over 21 unmarried sons/daughters of US citizens) and F3 (married sons/ daughters of US citizens;

Visa Category

May 2004

May 2009

April 2014

May 2014

F1

15Jul90

01Aug93

01Jan01

01Feb02

F2A

15Oct99

08Oct04

08Sep13

08Sep13

F2B

15May95

01Feb98

08Jun03

22June03

F3

01Mar90

22Jun91

02Feb93

01Mar93

F4

15Mar82

08Jul86

01Oct90

01Nov90

EB3

Current

Unavailable

15Jun07

01Nov07

OW

Current

Unavailable

15Jun07

01Nov07

 

Take note that while the EB3 (Professionals and Skilled Workers) and OW (Non-skilled, Other Workers) categories were unavailable from May to September, the dates moved to 01 June 2002.  If you look at the table, these employment-based categories jumped five (5) years, within that 5-year period or average of 1 year per year.

The status of the petitioner (Family or Employer) is crucial. Knowing the effects of the change in the immigration status of the Petitioner or the continuing ability of the Employer to offer the same job (after years of waiting) is critical. There are also some procedural changes that affect visa processing.  Continue following our Visa Bulletin here for regular updates and tips.

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