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Visa Bulletin June 2016: Final Dates From June 2011. Cupid's Arrow Beats Nuclear Family Relationships

What factors have affected the ebb and flow of visa movement the last five years? Amidst the ethnic conflicts, threats of nuclear war the 60's maxim of "Make Love Not War" seems to be the best solution.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on May 10, 2016; updated May 10, 2016

Visa Bulletin June 2016: Final Dates From June 2011. Cupid's Arrow Beats Nuclear Family Relationships

Visa Bulletin 2016 - Final Dates from June 2011
Cupid’s Arrow Beats Nuclear Family Relationships

Comparison of cut-off dates over several periods.

If you've been tracking the Visa Bulletin over a five-year period, from June 2011 to June 2016, you would have realized by now that the slowest moving category is F3.  The F3 category is for petitions filed by U.S. Citizens for their married sons and daughters.  Check the summary below for the most recent five years:

Category Description Movement
F1 Petitions filed a US Citizen parent for an unmmarried son or daughter (21 and above) 7 years
F2A Petitions filed by a US Lawful Permanent Resident for a spouse and/or unmarried child (less than 21) 7 years and three months
F2B Petitions filed by a US Lawful Permanent Resident for a unmarried son or daughter (21 and above) Five years
F3 Petitions filed by a US Citizen parent for a married son or daughter Less than two years
F4 Petitions filed by a US Citizen for a sister or brother Four years and 6 months

The Employment-based category (EB3) moved 3 years and 2 months while the Other Workers, 5 years and 1 week.

And over the long run, Cupid's arrow, by way of marriage to a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) beats other family relationships in the migration processing stakes.

Don't know what your petition category is? Call us at (02) 634 8717 Tuesdays to Saturdays, 8:30AM to 5:30PM (GMT+8).  Ask to speak with one of our Migration Associates who'll discuss this concern with you.

June 2016 generally appears to be favorable for petition beneficiaries watching the movement of priority dates over the most recent one-year period:

Category Movement
F1 Four years and 10 months
F2A, F2B and F4 Average of one year and one month
F3 6 months
EB3 and other workers Three years and 10 months

The rest of the EB categories are still current.

Now, if you'd like to know how fast the final cut-off dates have moved from May 2016, you'll see this:

Category Movement
F1  Two months and two weeks
F2A  7 days
F2B  One month
F3  Just over a week
F4  One month
EB3 and OW  Two months and three weeks

Final Dates for June 2016.

Wondering whether your Embassy interview will finally push through this year?  We've added both the May and June information for you to check for yourself.  Look for your petition category on the first column then go to the last column for June 2016:

Category May 2016 June 2016
 F1   01-October-2004   22-December-2004
 F2A   01-November-2014   08-November-2014
 F2B   01-May-2005   01-June-2005
 F3   22-January-1994   01-February-1994
 F4   01-October-1992   01-December-1992
 EB3 and OW   08-August-2008   01-November-2008

Our regular readers and viewers know that visa movements have "fixed" and "moving parts". The set numbers are the visa allocations for each category.  

The variables are led by the number of visa applicants in each country the ebb and flow of which are affected by the domestic political and economic situations as well as global developments, particularly war, terrorism, famine and ravaging diseases.

Existing visa petitions of family members in the USA would be easily filled by applications from documentarily qualified applicants seeking to complete the process and migrate at the soonest time possible to escape political persecution, economic hardship or both.

When there are more visa applicants than visa numbers allocated, the result is non-movement at best and retrogression at worst. Since there would be no trickle down from other categories, all visa beneficiaries face longer waiting periods.

What you can do.

If you know that it will take years before you may be interviewed, then prepare to make yourself more employable.  Further studies, whether in the Philippines or overseas is a good way to start!  Check the profession and/or trades that seem to be in short demand.

Wouldn't you want to succeed when you finally get to immigrate?  Embark on a new career or perhaps continue with your present one?  Or explore the USA by settling somewhere else? One of the ways you can do all that is to improve your Englsh language skills.

Exploring temporary migration through other nonimmigrant visas is another viable option.  These would include:

  • Studying in the USA or Canada 
  • Having your petitioner or other close family members and friends find an employer who is willing and able to issue a job offer for you
  • Undergo further training or apprenticeships programs. 

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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