Visa Bulletin MAY 2016 : What You See is NOT What You Get

If only your eyes have hands, maybe they will try to move the priority dates faster. Since that is not the case, you may cast your glance to other options if your wait would be at least another 10 years.


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Visa Bulletin MAY 2016 : What You See is NOT What You Get
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Updated July 2, 2016 | United States of America

 U.S. VISA BULLETIN MAY 2016

For our Wait watcher-friends and Kavisas – here’s the May 2016 Visa Bulletin fresh from the U.S. State Department and with comparison of processing pace from a year ago in the same month.

The dates on the Filing Chart are stuck since October.

For visa applicants waiting to start processing of their immigrant visas despite their priority dates still not yet current, the Filing Date Chart shows that the dates have not moved since November 2015.

Regular viewers and Friends are aware by now that the Filing Dates provide the basis to request initiation of visa processing once a visa beneficiary’s priority date falls on or before the cut-off date for the specific Family or Employment-based category.

To illustrate, in October 2015, the F2B category’s cut-off date was 01JAN05 (01-January-2005).  The next month, November only the F2B category advanced to 01-May-2005. All the rest remained stuck to the Filing dates from October 2015 to May 2016.

The FINAL DATES, however have moved, albeit slowly.  The Final Date chart may be ambulatory and can only walk slowly. The FILING DATES on the other hand, are currently in a coma.

OCT-FILING-2015

1-Sep-05

1-Mar-15

1-Jan-05

1-Aug-95

1-Jan-93

C

C

1-Jan-10

1-Jan-10

C

C

JAN-FILING

1-Sep-05

15-Jun-15

1-May-05

1-Aug-95

1-Jan-93

C

C

1-Jan-10

1-Jan-10

C

C

May FINAL 2015

1-Feb.05

1-Sep-13

22-Apr-04

15-Aug-93

22-Oct-91

C

C

1-Jul-07

1-Jul-07

C

C

APR-FINAL

1-Jul-04

22-Oct-14

1-Apr-05

22-Dec-93

1-Sep-92

C

C

1-May-08

1-May-08

C

C

MAY-FINAL

1-Oct-04

1-Nov-14

1-May-05

22-Jan-94

1-Oct-92

C

C

8-Aug-08

8-Aug-08

C

C

 OTHER OPTIONS?

The nearest country (actually just across the border to the North) is Canada.  Canada has permanent residency options based on your occupation, age, education, bonus points for civil status, having minor children and proficiency in English and or French.

Or you may pursue further education - at least a one-year diploma course to specialize in an area of your completed degree or improve your competitiveness based on your experience.  There is the Federal option and the Provincial Nomination programs.

Halfway round the globe, Australia and New Zealand have a list of occupations in demand.  Your occupation could get you permanent residency.  For a free assessment, sent your resume to visacenter@gmail.com.

Got a question? Let us know - we're here to help.

About the Author

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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