VISA BULLETIN, AUGUST 2016

Good news first: over a 10 year period, the F1, F2A and F2B Family based categories moved 13.5 years while the F3 and F4 – traditionally the slowest moving, edged almost 10 years over the same period.

The not so good news (but not bad) is that over a year, the three last categories (F2B, F2 and F4) are the only ones that moved over a year.  The F1 moved only 5 months forward while the F2A moved to within a year.

Since we are only in August there could still be forward movement especially on or after October when a new set of yearly allocations kick in.  The US fiscal year starts October and ends September of each year.

On the average, all the Family-based categories moved 12 months a year.  For visa beneficiaries whose priority date is within a year or two, we recommend that you check the other Visa Bulletin chart – the one that indicates the “FILING DATE”.

If your priority date is on or earlier than the one shown in your specific category, then obtaining the documents necessary to establish your continuing eligibility should immediately commence.  It is best to check your birth certificate, any discrepancies in spelling, gender, date and places of birth should not be addressed and corrected prior to submitting the same to the National Visa Center.

For the sons and daughters of petitioners whose citizenship was obtained through military service in the US Armed Forces during World War II, applying for advance parole to be with the petitioner even before the priority date becomes current should be pursued. See our posting on the Advance Parole memorandum from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for further details.

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AUGUST 2006

AUGUST 2015

AUGUST 2016

MOVEMENT IN 10 YEARS AND A YEAR AGO (in years)

F1

01OCT92

15MAR00

22MAR05

12.5 /  5

F2A

08SEP99

15DEC13

15NOV14

15.2  / 11

F2B

01DEC92

22MAY04

15SEP05

12.9  /  1.4

F3

01DEC85

22AUG93

15MAR94

9.3  /  1.5

F4

15JAN84

15JAN92

01FEB93

9.1  / 1.1

EB3

01OCT01

01JUN04

15MAY09

7.7  /  4.11

Note:  The F2A category moved only 11 months from last year.

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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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