US Visa Bulletin February 2012: What to Watch Out For

Within the first 10 days each month, the U.S. State Department publishes a summary of available immigrant numbers in the Family-sponsored and Employment-based categories. Applicants with approved visa petitions would then be able to determine what steps they need to take to ensure that by the time their immigrant visa interview is scheduled by the National Visa Center, their documents – and that of the petitioner – would be complete, valid, and verifiable.


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US Visa Bulletin February 2012: What to Watch Out For
Posted on January 6, 2012

It would be sad to have the visa application delayed, or be under administrative review just because there are inconsistencies in the information provided from the petition filed to the DS 230 applications submitted and the documents sent to NVC to establish petitioner’s continuing eligibility to sponsor the visa applicant and evidence to establish a continuing relationship with the petitioner.  Worse, a visa application may be denied for reasons of health, criminal, national security reasons, public charge, misrepresentation or fraud (arising from previous visa applications or past visits in the United States).

The dates shown are considered the “cut-off dates” officially described as the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits. Only applicants who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date may be allotted a number. If it becomes necessary during the monthly allocation process to retrogress a cut-off date, supplemental requests for numbers will be honored only if the priority date falls within the new cut-off date announced in (the current visa) bulletin”

Family-Sponsored

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA-mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

F1

22DEC04

22DEC04

22DEC04

22APR93

22MAY97

F2A

08JUN09

08JUN09

08JUN09

08MAY09

08JUN09

F2B

15OCT03

15OCT03

15OCT03

01DEC92

01NOV01

F3

01DEC01

01DEC01

01DEC01

01JAN93

22JUL92

F4

08SEP00

08SEP00

08SEP00

15MAY96

01NOV88

Employment-based Categories

Employment- Based

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA- mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

 

C

 

C

 

C

 

C

 

C

 

2nd

 

C

 

01JAN10

 

01JAN10

 

C

 

C

 

3rd

 

22FEB06

 

01DEC04

 

15AUG02

 

22FEB06

 

22FEB06

 

Other Workers

 

22FEB06

 

22APR03

 

15AUG02

 

22FEB06

 

22FEB06

 

4th

 

C

 

C

 

C

 

C

 

C

 

Certain Religious Workers

 

C

 

C

 

C

 

C

 

C

 

5th
Targeted
Employment Areas/
Regional Centers
and Pilot Programs

 

C

 

C

 

C

 

C

 

C

 

Summary of Visa Movement

  • India and China EB-2 have moved to January 1, 2010.
  • State Department Predictions for the coming months:
    • FAMILY-sponsored categories (monthly)
      • Worldwide dates:
      • F1: three to five weeks
      • F2A: one to two months
      • F2B: three to four weeks
      • F3: one to three weeks
      • F4: up to one month
    • EMPLOYMENT-based categories (monthly)
    • EB-1: Current
    • EB-2:
    • China and India: Reports from USCIS indicate that the rate of new filings for adjustment of status in recent months has been extremely low. This fact has required the continued rapid forward movement of the cut-off date, in an attempt to generate demand and maximize number use under the annual limit. Once the level of new filings or USCIS processing increases significantly, it will be necessary to slow or stop the movement of the cut-off. Readers are once again advised that an eventual need to retrogress the cut-off date is also a distinct possibility.
    • Worldwide: up to one month
    • China: up to one month
    • India: up to two weeks
    • Mexico: up to one month
    • Philippines: up to one month
    • EB-3:
    • EB-4: Current
    • EB-5: Current
  • Please be advised that the above ranges are only estimates for what could happen during each of the next few months based on current applicant demand patterns. The determination of the actual monthly cut-off dates is subject to fluctuations in applicant demand which can occur at any time. Those categories with a “Current” projection will remain so for the foreseeable future.

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