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January 2010 to 2012 Report: How Fast Visas Moved

For Visa Watchers and most importantly to our Subscribers, we are providing the Visa Cut off dates of the Preference Categories in the Family and Employment-based classes for January 2010 to 2012 so that you would have a very good idea how fast the visas are moving within a 3-year period. As a public service, the Immigrant Visa Center does not merely print the current Visa Bulletin but rather provide you a clear picture of how fast visas are moving so that you can plan accordingly.

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January 2010 to 2012 Report: How Fast Visas Moved
Posted on December 9, 2011

As the visa movement for the three (3) recent years shows, the F1 (Unmarried, over 21 son / daughter of US Citizens moved almost four (4) years, but the biggest jump was from Jan. 2011 last year.

The F2A (spouses and minor children of lawful permanent residents or green card holders) move almost 3 years, the biggest jump between 2010 and 2012;

The F2B (Unmarried, over 21 sons/daughters of LPRS/green card holders moved  more than three (3) years; while the F3 (Married sons and daughters of US Citizens) and F4 (sisters and brothers of Adult US citizens) moved barely a year in three years.

For more info on the US Quota System, refer to an article on our website.  Also, check out how the backlog may reduce the waiting period or eliminate the retrogression entirely, especially in the Employment-based category when the US Senate passes its version of the bill that the House of Representatives passed by an absoloute majority on Nov. 29, 2011 (HR 3012).


Visa Bulletin - Jan. 2010 to Jan. 2012
Jan. 2010 Jan. 2011 Jan. 2012
12/1/93 1/1/94 4/15/97
1/1/06 1/1/08 4/22/09
7/1/98 5/15/99 9/1/01
12/1/91 10/22/91 7/15/92
5/1/87 01/0188 10/8/88
8/1/02 3/22/05 2/1/06
6/1/01 4/22/03 2/1/06

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