As usual, we give you not just the current priority dates for the current month but the cut-off dates for the Family and Employment-based categories in the last 10 years.

This should give you a clear idea of how fast - or slow - the visa dates moved and then plan accordingly.

In May 2015, the F1 category cut-off date was Feb. 1, 2005.
For August 2015, this category moved back more than five (5) years. The cut-off date should move by October this year when the new per-country visas are allocated. The figure above shows that the F1 category had advanced five (5) years for the period 2005 to 2010.

For the same month I 2014 and 2015, the F1 category moved ten (10) years over a one (1) year period!

Those in the F1 visa categories should not, therefore, despair over the retrogression (in May 2015) since the numbers are expected to move forward on or after October this year – especially if the economic conditions in Europe (with focus on the Greece bail out), Africa and Asia (especially the mainland China economy) improve.

For info on how you can get documents ready before your interview or for updates on consular procedures at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, you may call or text our Immigrant Visa Center Visa Officers or Visa Staff at 0917-529-8472

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