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Visa Bulletin May 2019 - and how babies may or may not be able to migrate

In case you have missed our Live broadcast of the Visa Bulletin for May and the discussion other migration and visa updates in other countries, here's another chance.

Crispin Aranda

Visa Bulletin May 2019 - and how babies may or may not be able to migrate

Visa Bulletin post - https://www.facebook.com/IVCmigration/photos/a.347074181977982/2439635702721809/?type=3&theater

PETITION DATE AND BIRTH DATE

If you had a child born out of wedlock on May 15,2007 when you were petitioned by your US citizen parent on the same date, that child should be able to come with you as a derivative beneficiary (or traveling applicant) of an F-1 principal visa applicant (Over 21 unmarried son or daughter of a US Citizen) if you have not married.

If you got married after the baby was born, the child would be legitimized. 

However, your category would have changed automatically to F3 - married son or daughter of a US citizen. Your priority date will remain the same -May 15, 2007.

However, for married sons and daughters of US citizens, only those filed on or before October 8, 1996 are being scheduled for interview. Getting married in effect, puts you behind the line of F3 applicants from the Philippines. Instead of being able to migrate now, you would have to wait for approximately 10 to 11 years.  By that time your child would still be below 21 and therefore, should be able to travel with you as an immigrant.  If you have children who age out (or turn 21 before your priority date becomes current (in your new F3 category) then you may have to check whether that son or daughter would still be able to migrate under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) law of 2002.

VISA BULLETIN FOR MAY 2019

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:

A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

B. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents:  23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES

On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are authorized for issuance to all qualified applicants; and "U" means unauthorized, i.e., numbers are not authorized for issuance. (NOTE: Numbers are authorized for issuance only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the final action date listed below.)

Family-
Sponsored 

All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-mainland 
born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES 

F1

08JAN12

08JAN12

08JAN12

08AUG97

15MAY07

F2A

15MAY17

15MAY17

15MAY17

01MAY17

15MAY17

F2B

01FEB13

01FEB13

01FEB13

15FEB98

01OCT07

F3

08NOV06

08NOV06

08NOV06

15FEB96 

08OCT96

F4

15FEB06

15FEB06

01AUG04

08FEB98

01MAR97

 

*NOTE: For May, F2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01MAY17. F2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01MAY17 and earlier than 15MAY17. All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit.

B.  DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONS

The chart below reflects dates for filing visa applications within a timeframe justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart below may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions. The application date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa. If a category is designated “current,” all applicants in the relevant category may file applications, regardless of priority date.

The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date which is earlier than the listed date may file their application.

Visit www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo for information on whether USCIS has determined that this chart can be used (in lieu of the chart in paragraph 4.A.) this month for filing applications for adjustment of status with USCIS. 

Family-
Sponsored 

All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland 
born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES 

F1

22AUG12

22AUG12

22AUG12

08OCT99

15APR08

F2A

08JAN18

08JAN18

08JAN18

08JAN18

08JAN18

F2B

01AUG14

01AUG14

01AUG14

01OCT98

15MAY08

F3

22JUN07

22JUN07

22JUN07

22JUN00

01OCT97

F4

01OCT06

01OCT06

15MAR05

22NOV98

15FEB98

5.  Section 203(b) of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of Employment-based immigrant visas as follows: 

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

First:  Priority Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second:  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.      

Third:  Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to "*Other Workers".

Fourth:  Certain Special Immigrants:  7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth:  Employment Creation:  7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of Pub. L. 102-395.

A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are authorized for issuance to all qualified applicants; and "U" means unauthorized, i.e., numbers are not authorized for issuance. (NOTE: Numbers are authorized for issuance only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the final action date listed below.)

Employment-
based

All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland 
born

EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

VIETNAM

1st

01MAR18

22FEB17

01MAR18

22FEB17

01MAR18

01MAR18

01MAR18

2nd

C

15MAY16

C

16APR09

C

C

C

3rd

C

22AUG15

C

01JUL09

C

01JUN18

C

Other Workers

C

01SEP07

C

01JUL09

C

01JUN18

C

4th

C

C

08MAR16

C

01AUG18

C

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

08MAR16

C

01AUG18

C

C

5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)

C

22SEP14

C

C

C

C

22SEP16

5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)

C

22SEP14

C

C

C

C

22SEP16

*Employment Third Preference Other Workers Category:  Section 203(e) of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997, as amended by Section 1(e) of Pub. L. 105-139, provides that once the Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) cut-off date has reached the priority date of the latest EW petition approved prior to November 19, 1997, the 10,000 EW numbers available for a fiscal year are to be reduced by up to 5,000 annually beginning in the following fiscal year. This reduction is to be made for as long as necessary to offset adjustments under the NACARA program. Since the EW cut-off date reached November 19, 1997 during Fiscal Year 2001, the reduction in the EW annual limit to 5,000 began in Fiscal Year 2002. 

B.  DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

The chart below reflects dates for filing visa applications within a timeframe justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions. The application date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa. If a category is designated “current,” all applicants in the relevant category may file, regardless of priority date.

The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date which is earlier than the listed date may file their application.

Visit www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo for information on whether USCIS has determined that this chart can be used (in lieu of the chart in paragraph 5.A.) this month for filing applications for adjustment of status with USCIS. 

Employment-
based

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland 
born

EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS

INDIA

MEXICO 

PHILIPPINES 

1st

01SEP18

01OCT17

01SEP18

01OCT17

01SEP18

01SEP18

2nd

C

01SEP16

C

01JUN09 

C

C

3rd

C

01JAN16

C

01APR10

C

01OCT18

Other Workers

C

01JUN08

C

01APR10

C

01OCT18

4th

C

C

01JUL16

C

C

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

01JUL16

C

C

C

5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)

C

15OCT14

C

C

C

C

5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)

C

15OCT14

C

C

C

C

6.  The Department of State has a recorded message with the Final Action date information which can be heard at:  (202) 485-7699.  This recording is updated on or about the tenth of each month with information on final action dates for the following month.

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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