Visa Bulletin April 2017

Despite the trumpeted change that will happen once he assumes the Presidency such as “illegal immigrants are gone on day one!” President Donald Trump is learning first-hand about the separation of powers especially the check and balances of American politics.

The visa categories in the Family-sponsored and Employ-based preference categories as well as the total number of visa allocations and per country limit for example, remain the same as the April 2017 Visa Bulletin  below shows.

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.

For professionals, skilled and other workers, including religious workers, special immigrants and immigrant investors, the pace had even quickened somewhat.

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

First:  Priority Workers:  40,000 cap or 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second:  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability:  same percentage or 40, 000, plus any numbers not required by first preference.      

Third:  Another 40,000 for Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers:  (28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to "*Other Workers".

Fourth:  Certain Special Immigrants:  10,000 or 7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth:  Employment Creation:  Like the 4th Employment-based category, a 10,000 cap or 7.1% of the worldwide level.  Of the EB5 total not less than 3,000 are reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers.

With the same visa allocation and continued filing – despite or in spite of slow processing pace – the cut-off dates for the Philippines have moved rather well compared to last month’s visa dates and 5 years before that.

For a glimpse of things to come on the U.S. immigrant visa and nonilmmigrant visa fronts, read the top bills from the Trump Congress - https://www.visacenter.org/index.php/page/774/top-12-us-migration-related-bills-for-2017-2018-of-the-trump-congress

Please note that this chart refers to the Final Action Dates for Philippine immigrant visa applicants.  If your priority date is on or earlier than that shown in the specific category, you should have completed documentation and payment of all fees to be considered documentarily qualified, eligible for being scheduled for interview since an immigrant visa is already available for you as well as to each of your eligible dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years of age,

 

 

Family-
Sponsored 

All Chargeability 

Areas, April 2017 except
Those Listed

April 2012

March 2017

April 2017 

F1

15OCT10

22JUN97

15DEC05

15JAN06

F2A

08JUN15

08OCT09

08MAY15

08JUN15

F2B

15SEP10

08DEC01

01MAY06

15JUN06

F3

15MAY05

22JUL92

08SEP94

15SEP94

F4

08MAY04

08JAN89

01AUG93

08SEP93

EB1 & 2

Current

Current

Current

Current

EB3 & Other Workers

15FEB17

08APR06

15MAR12

15SEP12

EB4 & 5

Current

Current

Current

Current

Employment-based residency mostly issued in the U.S.

According to the November 2016 report of the State Department, approximately eighty-two percent of all Employment preference immigrants were processed as adjustment of status cases at USCIS offices during FY 2016. Cases pending with USCIS are not counted in the consular waiting list tally.

Top Five Countries in the Employment Visa Waiting List

The State Deparment’s November 2016 report shows the five countries with the highest number of Employment-based waiting list, representing 87.5% of the total.

This list includes all countries with at least 1,200 persons on the waiting list. The per-country limit  under current law sets an annual maximum on the amount of Employment preference visas which may be issued to applicants from any one country; the FY 2017 per-country limit is placed at 9,800.

Countries

Total

India

32,302

China (mainland born)

30,832

Philippines

25,090

South Korea

4,501

Mexico

1,282

All others

13,472

TOTAL WORLDWIDE

107,479

 

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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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