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How many Filipinos are waiting for immigrant visas?

In November 2018, there were 314,299 applicants from the Philippines waiting for their immigrant visas in the various Family-sponsored categories. How many immigrant visas are actually issued every month at the U.S. Embassy in Manila?

Crispin Aranda

How many Filipinos are waiting for immigrant visas?

In November 2018 – the latest data from the U.S. Department of State – there were 314,299 applicants from the Philippines waiting for their immigrant visas in the various Family-sponsored categories.

The Philippines is second (although a distant one) from Mexico whose immigrant visa applicants were over the 1.2 million mark. 

The eleven countries with the highest number of waiting list registrants in Fiscal Year 2019  listed below; represent 77.8% of the total number of applicants waiting for their immigrant visa interview worldwide.  America’s Fiscal year is October of the current year to September of the next year.

There is a 25.620 per country visa allocation per year.  Because there are more applicants than visas available, visa applicants from the 11 countries have to wait in line for years.

       Country                            Applicants

  • Mexico                              1,229,505
  • Philippines                       314,229
  • India                                  298,571
  • Vietnam                            231,519
  • China-mainland born               231,519
  • Bangladesh                      169,231
  • Dominican Republic               146,160
  • Pakistan                            115,625
  • Haiti                                  94,506
  • El Salvador                       64,868
  • Cuba                                  55,847
  • All Others                         840,393

              Worldwide Total               3,791,973

Of the 314,229 total number of Filipinos waiting for their visas, those in the F3 category (Married sons and daughters of US citizens) are the highest at 119,315, followed by the adult brothers and sisters of US citizens (F4) at 113,489.

The tally of over-21 unmarried sons and daughters of US citizens was 17,535 while the spouses and minor children of green card holders comprise the lowest number in the visa waitlist at 4,721.

This is due to the fact that this category (F2A) has the biggest allocation at 114,200 yearly, 77% of which are exempt from the country limit.

From the 25,620 limit a proportionate or pro-rated number of visas in the Family sponsored categories are issued at consular posts such as the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

How immigrant visas are allocated in the Family-sponsored categories

The spouses, minor children and parents of U.S. citizens are considered “immediate relatives” under U.S. immigration law.

As such these family members not covered by the annual per country allocation. They do not have to wait for years for their priority date to be current.  Immigrant visas are immediately available when the specific visa petition is approved.

Monthly Visa Issuances, U.S. Embassy Manila

Visa Classification

Nov. 2018

Dec. 2018

Feb. 2019

F11

59

74

48

F12

42

76

43

F21

44

63

52

F22

28

54

38

F24

178

132

162

F25

149

96

157

FX1

84

82

52

FX2

79

67

31

F31

34

44

15

F32

30

38

20

F33

50

36

32

F41

61

85

88

F42

41

53

53

F43

39

40

57

CR1

127

130

100

CR2

30

32

23

IR1

111

111

81

IR2

197

230

159

IR5

373

427

323

Shown below are the most common immigrant visa classification and description of what each classification is.

Immigrant Visa Classification

 

Description of family relationship

F11

Over 21 unmarried son or daughter of U.S. citizen

F12

Child of F11

F21

Spouse of alien resident (green card holder)

F22

Child of F21

F24

Unmarried son or daughter of alien resident

F25

Child of F24

FX1

Spouse of alien resident (exempt from country limit)

FX2

Child of FX1

F31

Married son or daughter of US citizen

F32

Spouse of F31

F33

Child of F31

F41

Adult Brother, sister of US citizen

F42

Spouse of F41

F43

Child of F41

IR1

Spouse of US citizen

IR2

Child of US citizen

IR5

Parent of US citizen

CR1

Spouse of US citizen (Conditional status)

CR2

Child of CR1

 

 

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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