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February Visa Bulletin

February Visa Bulletin

Crispin ArandaJanuary 15, 2013

February Visa Bulletin

The adult, unmarried sons and daughter of US citizens (in the F1 preference category) moved the fastest from last month (January 2013) by almost three months. If this continues, instead of waiting for a year, those waiting in the F1 category would wait for only three (3) months before an interview date would be scheduled.

The F2A and F2B categories moved a month, the F4 (Adult sisters and brothers of US citizens) moved more than a month while the F3 (married sons and daughters of US citizens moved by only two weeks. See the complete visa bulletin for the Philippines, below.

F1 Jan 1/22/97 Feb 3/08/98
F2A Jan 9/22/10 Feb 10/22/10
F2B Jan 4/15/02 Feb 5/15/02
F3 Jan 08/08/92 Feb 8/22/92
F4 Jan 04/15/89 Feb 6/01/89


For the Employment-based categories, the EB 3 for professionals and skilled as well as immigrant visas for Other Workers (Unskilled) moved only a week

EB3 Jan 8/15/06 Feb 8/22/06
OW Jan 8/15/06 Feb 8/22/06


All other categories are current: EB 1 (For Extraordinary Aliens); EB2 for those with Masters and PhDs; EB4 for Religious Workers and EB5 for Immigrant Investors, remain current.

If you have a visa petition and you are between 18 to 35; have a college degree; has English proficiency and had been working for 5-6 years while waiting for your US immigrant visa, taking a detour by applying for permanent residency to Canada should be a viable option.

In fact, studying in Canada (even if you are over 35 year old) could lead to permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class program. And the US is just a border away.

Authors & Contributors

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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