October Visa Bulletin: Forward and Backward Faster

October is the January of US Immigration – an important date to know if you are watching the movement of priority dates. In a manner of speaking it is when new eggs are hatched.

Priority date is the date of filing of a Family-sponsored petition. This date should be matched with the priority dates indicated in the specific category of each month’s Visa Bulletin.

For example, the priority date shown for the F1 category (Over 21 unmarried children of US citizens) is “01SEP04.”  This means if the date of filing your petition is “02SEP04” you would have to wait for next month’s Visa Bulletin.  If your priority date is “01SEP04” or earlier, then you should have been scheduled for an interview at the US Embassy in Manila.

If you have not received your interview date, two things are very probable: you have not yet completed the requirements or you have move to a new address and you have not informed the US Embassy, or the National Visa Center of this change.  If you do not act after being notified of the visa availability, there is a chance of the visa application being revoked or cancelled.

All those years of waiting will not just put you back to square one.  You no longer have a square to go to.

October is the start of the US Government’s fiscal year also known as budget year. The US Congress passes legislation to fund the government’s budget for each fiscal year.  Hence, the US Fiscal Year for 2015 starts October 2014 and ends September 2015.

For visas, allocations follow the same pattern.  New visa allocations are assigned each year to the Family Preference and Employment-based categories. Immediate relatives of US citizens (spouses, minor children and parents) are not covered by the annual quota.

Traditionally, the priority dates should move forward faster from October to the first few months as there are plenty to distribute.  Priority dates move slower as the fiscal year ends since visas are used up.  Some visas are returned, others lost forever. But that is a topic for another time.

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:

A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

B. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents:  23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

On the chart below representing the OCTOBER VISA BULLETIN numbers, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants; and "U" means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available. (NOTE:  Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.) 

Family-Sponsored

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA-mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

F1

22MAY07

22MAY07

22MAY07

22JUN94

01SEP04

F2A

01FEB13

01FEB13

01FEB13

22JUL12

01FEB13

F2B

01NOV07

01NOV07

01NOV07

01AUG94

15DEC03

F3

01DEC03

01DEC03

01DEC03

22OCT93

01JUN93

F4

22JAN02

22JAN02

22JAN02

01FEB97

08APR91

If you have not received your interview notice and need assistance in determining the status of your Familly-sponsored or Employment-based petition, you may call the Immigrant Visa Center at 02-634-8717 or text to 0917-534-8472.

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