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Visa Bulletin for January: Movement of Priority Dates Continues as Scheduled

With December Priority Date applicants processing their documents over the holidays, it’s time to think ahead and be prepared for our January Petition holders. US Priority date petitions have seen movement for the month of January from last month’s dates.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on December 18, 2015; updated February 13, 2016

Visa Bulletin for January: Movement of Priority Dates Continues as Scheduled

    With December Priority Date applicants processing their documents over the holidays, it’s time to think ahead and be prepared for our January Petition holders. US Priority date petitions have seen movement for the month of January from last month’s dates. Petitions that are about to be processed next month for both Family-Based and Employment-Based, must have their documents ready and make sure all of them are complete.

 

     Under the F1 Category, the priority date has moved forward 6 months. F2A category petitions on the other hand, have moved 6 weeks forward. The F2B category petitions have moved one month while the F3 Category got the shortest movement of only 9 days.  Lastly, for people have F4 Petitions, the priority date for F4 moved by 21 days.

 

A.  APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES

 

Family-Sponsored

December 2015

January 2016

F1

01JAN03

01JUN03

F2A

15JUN14

01AUG14

F2B

01DEC04

01JAN05

F3

22OCT93

01NOV93

F4

01JUL92

22JUL92

 

B.  DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED
     VISA APPLICATIONS

Family-
Sponsored

DECEMBER 2015

JANUARY 2016

F1

01SEP05

01SEP05

F2A

01MAR15

15JUN15

F2B

01MAY05

01MAY05

F3

01AUG95

01AUG95

F4

01JAN93

01JAN93

 

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

A.  APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR

 

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

 

     Under the employment based petitions, the beneficiaries of EB3 Category petitions have reason to celebrate as the priority date for the month of January 2016, moved forward to 3 months.

 

Employment- Based

DECEMBER 2015

JANUARY 2016

1st

C

C

2nd

C

C

3rd

01AUG07

01NOV07

Other Workers

01AUG07

01NOV07

4th

C

C

Certain Religious Workers

U

U

5th   Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)

C

C

5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)

U

U

 

B.  DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED
     VISA APPLICATIONS

 

Employment-
Based

DECEMBER 2015

JANUARY 2016

1st

C

C

2nd

C

C

3rd

01JAN10

01JAN10

Other Workers

01JAN10

01JAN10

4th

C

C

Certain Religious
Workers

C

C

5th Non-Regional
Center (C5 and T5)

C

C

5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)

C

C

 

     Do you have a Family-Based Petition or Employment Based Petition that needs filing? Let our experts take a look and verify that all your documents are complete. An expert eye will definitely minimize your chances for denial and iron out problems before they become a threat to your application. Call us at +63 (2) 634.8717 or (0917) 509.8472 to schedule your legal briefing with one of our migration attorneys.

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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