Next month is the start of America’s fiscal year.

This is welcome news for all visa applicants and visa watchers. A new set of visa allocation numbers are issued and assigned on a pro-rata basis (for each preference category) in accordance with State Department regulations, below.

To Understand visa movement, watch this Overview.

Why Visas Move Fast - or Slow.

Applicants whose priority dates are on or before the date in the FINAL DATES chart should have already completed the documents and paid the fees for an interivew schedule to be set by National Visa Center at the appropriate consular post.

Those whose priority dates are on or before the date on their specific preference category may already start submitting documents, paying the fees and be sure requirements are complete before the FILING DATE becomes current in the FINAL chart date.

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:

A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

B. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents:  23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED
     PREFERENCE CASES

Listed in the chart below are the FILING and FINAL dates for the two months (October and September 2016) to provide our Friends and Viewers a sense of how fast (or slow) the visa movement has been on the Family and Employment-preference categories.

"C" means current, i.e., numbers are authorized for issuance to all qualified applicants; and "U" means unauthorized, i.e., numbers are not authorized for issuance. (NOTE: Numbers are authorized for issuance only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the final action date listed below.)

SEP-FILING

SEP-FINAL

OCT-FILING

OCT-FINAL

22-Dec-05

1-Jul-05

1-May-06

1-Aug-05

22-Nov-15

15-Nov-14

22-Nov-15

22-Dec-14

1-Feb-06

1-Dec-05

1-Feb-07

1-Jan-06

1-Aug-95

15-Jun-94

1-Jan-95

8-Jul-94

15-Jul-93

1-Mar-93

1-Apr-94

15-Apr-93

C

C

C

C

C

1-Feb-14

C

C

1-Jan-13

1-Jul-10

1-Sep-13

1-Dec-10

1-Jan-13

1-Jul-10

1-Sep-13

1-Dec-10

C

C

C

C

C

C

C

C

C

C

C

U

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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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