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Visa Bulletin 2016 - Final Dates from June 2011
Cupid’s Arrow Beats Nuclear Family Relationships
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:
|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.
June 2016 generally appears to be favorable for petition beneficiaries watching the movement of priority dates over the most recent one-year period:
|F1||Four years and 10 months|
|F2A, F2B and F4||Average of one year and one month|
|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:
|F1||Two months and two weeks|
|F3||Just over a week|
|EB3 and OW||Two months and three weeks|
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|
|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.
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:
Authors & Contributors
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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