DECEMBER VISA BULLETIN 2010 TO 2015

Reminder: The “FINAL’ table dates are the basis for determining whether your priority date (the date by which your petition was received and acknowledged by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  The “FILING’ table dates simple means that if your priority date falls on or before that date, you can START obtaining the documents to establish your eligibility for your specific Family or Employment-based category so that you could be considered documentarily qualified when your interview is scheduled at the specified consular post or Embassy.

Shown below are the FINAL and FILING dates for November and December 2015.

Family-Sponsored

NOV. FINAL 2015

NOV.  FILING 2015

DEC. FILING 2015

DEC. FINAL 2015

F1

01JUN02

01SEP05

01SEP05

01JAN03

F2A

15MAY14

01MAR15

01MAR15

15JUN14

F2B

01NOV04

01MAY05

01MAY05

01DEC04

F3

08OCT93

01AUG95

01AUG95

22OCT93

F4

15JUN92

01JAN93

01JAN93

01JUL92

Our Friends, their families and the migrant public should focus on the advances (or backward movement/ retrogression) of the specific category for the chart with the FINAL dates. These charts reflect the old priority date bulletin reports. 

If your priority date is on or before the date in the specified category cut-off, then you should have an immigrant visa interview at the Embassy scheduled or at least you should have received notification that you are already documentarily qualified by getting a list of completed requirements from the National  Visa Center (NVC).

Note that in the tables labeled “FILING” the dates have not moved at all.  For example for the F1 category, the November 2015 Filing date is “01SEP05” which is the same date as the December FILING date. 

Second, take note that the dates on the ‘’FILING’ tables always start with the 1st day of the month: in both months (November and December, the filing dates remain the same: F1’s cut-off date is “01SEP05”  and so on.

Why?

When eligibility for a specific category is claimed, such as to establish that a child still remains below 21 (has not aged-out) and therefore, remains either a derivative beneficiary or principal applicant, the cut-off date to determine the age is not determined simply by the priority date but on the FIRST day of the month when the priority date becomes current.

The Visa Office of the State Department issues the Visa Bulletin sometime in the 10th day of each month. For purposes of computing one’s age, the age of the child or derivative beneficiary claiming eligibility is based on the FIRST day of the month when the applicant’s priority date became current.

This formula is particularly important in the case of children claiming eligibility as derivative beneficiaries through the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA).

For example, if Richard (derivative beneficiary of an F3 petition) turns 21 on December 10, 2015, his age will be computed on the first day of the month of December 2015, not on the date the Visa Bulletin was published.

The table below shows how the priority or cut-off dates moved in the FINAL tables.  As explained earlier, you MUST take action if you still have not received a notice of interview despite the fact that your priority date is on or earlier than the date indicated in the category you belong to for the CURRENT or the NEXT month’s Visa Bulletin.

Family-Sponsored

NOV. FINAL 2015

DEC. FINAL 2015

NOV.  FILING 2015

DEC. FILING 2015

F1

01JUN02

01SEP05

01SEP05

01SEP05

F2A

15MAY14

01MAR15

01MAR15

01MAR15

F2B

01NOV04

01MAY05

01MAY05

01MAY05

F3

08OCT93

01AUG95

01AUG95

01AUG95

F4

15JUN92

01JAN93

01JAN93

01JAN93

If you need assistance in determining how to become documentarily qualified and work out the time table for the immigrant visa interview date, you may call the Immigrant Visa Center at +63-917-529-8472 or landline at +63-2-634-8717.

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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