Visa Bulletin February 2017 and from four years back

Check how the visa dates for your specific category - Family-sponsored or Employment-based - have moved in the last five years. This would give you an idea of when you should start preparing documents, or prepare for the interview or prepare for another five-year wait.


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Visa Bulletin February 2017 and from four years back
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Updated January 11, 2017 | United States of America

February Visa Dates 2013 to 2017

Will the USCIS Cupid make or break your heart this year – especially if you have been waiting for at least four years?

The State Department just issued the Visa Bulletin for February 2017.  As a service to our readers and followers on social, print and broadcast media, we are publishing the visa dates for the month of February for the past five (5) years from 2013 to 2017, shown below.

Categories

Feb. 2013

Feb. 2014

Feb. 2015

Feb. 2016

Feb. 2017

F1

08MAR98

15AUG01

08JAN05

01NOV03

01DEC05

F2A

22OCT10

08SEP13

08MAY13

01SEP14

15APR15

F2B

15MAY02

22MAY03

22FEB04

01FEB05

08APR06

F3

22AUG92

08FEB93

15JUL93

22NOV93

08SEP94

F4

01JUN89

08AUG90

08AUG91

08AUG92

22JUN93

EB3 and  OWs

22AUG06

14APR07

01JAN14

08JAN08

15OCT11

Since October 2015, the State Department had been publishing two charts, one (FINAL ACTION DATES) to show the cut-off dates for the Family and Employment-based categories and the other (DATE OF FILING) to enable applicants to submit the documents required to establish continuing eligibility for the specific category applying for.

In the DATE OF FILING chart if an immigrant visa applicant’s priority date is on or earlier that that shown in the appropriate category, then he or she should start processing of the immigrant visa by logging on to the National Visa Center website and initiate processing.

Since October of 2016, the dates for the Family-sponsored categories in the DATE OF FILING chart have remained the same.  The dates have not moved.  Therefore, if your date is a day AFTER the cut-off date on the appropriate category, you may not start the visa application process.

If you have not received your notice to submit the requirements to be documentarily qualified, you – or your designated agent to process your visa application with the National Visa Center of the State Department – must initiate an inquiry. Otherwise, you would be losing valuable time if your priority date becomes current and you start obtaining the documents only then.

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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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