Home
Share

Visa Bulletin

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

January 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State's January 2016 Visa Bulletin is posted at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-for-january-2016.html. Most of the family-based preference categories advanced between 4 to 6 weeks, except categories F2B (Mexico) and F4 (Mexico) remained the same and category F1 (Philippines) advanced 6 months.

The “Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Visa Application” for family-bases cases have advanced a few months, except most categories for Mexico and the Philippines remained the same as last month. Family-based adjustment of status applicants may use the "Dates for Filing Visa Applications" chart in the January 2016 Visa Bulletin (see http://www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo).


Sunday, November 15, 2015

December 2015 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State's December 2015 Visa Bulletin is posted at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-for-december-2015.html. Most of the family-based preference categories advanced between 2 to 5 weeks, except category F4 (Mexico) remained the same and category F1 (Philippines) advanced 1 year.

The “Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Visa Application” for family-bases cases have all remained the same as last month. Family-based adjustment of status applicants may use the "Dates for Filing Visa Applications" chart in the December 2015 Visa Bulletin (see http://www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo)

The December Visa Bulletin includes a new addition, in which a prediction of worldwide “Visa Availability In The Coming Months” is posted. The posted potential monthly movements is as follows:

  • F1:   Three to six weeks
  • F2A: Three to six weeks
  • F2B: Up to one month
  • F3:   Two to four weeks
  • F4:   Three or four weeks

Sunday, October 18, 2015

October & November 2015 Visa Bulletins

On September 9, 2015, the DOS published the October 2015 Visa Bulletin with two charts per each family- and employment-based visa preference category instead of the usual single chart. The two charts now include: (1) the first chart, Application Final Action Dates (“Final Action Date”) and (2) the second chart, Dates for Filing Applications (“Filing Date”). On September 25, 2015, the DOS published a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin, rolling back some of the dates on the second chart, "Filing Date." The first chart is the same chart which has been published on all prior Visa Bulletins, which listed cut-off dates. The second chart has long been used by the DOS for internal processing purposes, which set the “qualifying dates” for consular processing cases. The DOS has historically set “qualifying dates” for the purpose of sending out “agent of choice” letter for applicants who will consular process and allow applicants to submit the necessary documents for their immigrant visa applications so that they can be considered “documentarily qualified” or ready to adjudicate once their priority date is reached.

Immigrant visa applicants, specifically consular processing applicants, can always use the “Filing Date” chart. Applicants with priority dates earlier than the date listed on the "Filing Date" chart for their preference category and country of chargeability will be notified by the National Visa Center that they may assemble and submit their documentation and begin the immigrant visa application process. However, a final decision on the immigrant visa application cannot take place until the priority date is current (i.e., priority date is earlier than the "Final Action Date").

In general, USCIS will continue to follow the “Final Action Date” chart for the acceptance of adjustment of status applications. However, if USCIS determines that there are additional visas available, it may exercise its discretion to accept adjustment of status applications in accordance with the "Filing Date" chart. Each month, USCIS will post at http://www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo to inform applicants whether USCIS will accept adjustment applications during the upcoming month in accordance with the "Filing Date" chart. For the months of October and November, USCIS has agreed to permit both family- and employment-based immigrants to use the "Filing Date" chart to file adjustment of status applications.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

September 2015 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State's September 2015 Visa Bulletin is posted at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2015/visa-bulletin-for-september-2015.html . All family-based preference categories advanced except for category F1 (Mexico), which remained the same. The largest advancements are category F1 (Philippines), which advanced over 7 months; category F2A (all chargeability areas), which advanced about 4 months; and category F2B (Philippines), which also advanced about 4 months.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

August 2015 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State's August 2015 Visa Bulletin is posted at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2015/visa-bulletin-for-august-2015.html. Most family-based preference categories advanced between 3 to 6 weeks. Category F1 (all chargeability areas except Mexico & Philippines) advanced 4 weeks and F1 (Mexico & Philippines) remained the same. Category F2A (all chargeability areas) advanced 5 or 6 weeks. Category F2B (all chargeability areas except Mexico & Philippines) advanced 4 weeks, F2B (Mexico) remained the same and F2A (Philippines) advanced 1 week. Category F3 (all chargeability areas except Mexico & Philippines) advanced 3 weeks and F3 (Mexico & Philippines) remained the same. Category F4 (all chargeability areas except Mexico & Philippines) advanced 5 weeks, F4 (Mexico) remained the same and F4 (Philippines) advanced 5 weeks.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June 2015 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State's June 2015 Visa Bulletin is posted at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2015/visa-bulletin-for-june-2015.html. There were minor advancements this month and two categories retrogressed. Some family-based preference categories advanced between 1 to 5 weeks. Category F2A (Mexico), F2B (all chargeability areas except Mexico & Philippines) and F3 (all chargeability areas) remained the same as last month. F1 (Philippines) retrogressed almost 5 years and F4 (Mexico) retrogressed 4.5 months.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May 2015 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State's May 2015 Visa Bulletin is posted at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2015/visa-bulletin-for-may-2015.html. Most of the family-based preference categories advanced between 1 to 8 weeks, except category F1 (Philippines) remained the same as last month. The most significant advancements were 8 weeks for category F2B (Mexico) and 6 weeks for category F4 (all countries except Mexico and the Philippines). 


Thursday, March 12, 2015

April 2015 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the April 2015 Visa Bulletin at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2015/visa-bulletin-for-april-2015.html. Most of the family-based preference categories advanced 1 to 6 weeks, except category F1 (excluding Mexico) remained the same as last month. The most significant advancements occurred for categories F2A and F2B.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

March 2015 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the March 2015 Visa Bulletin at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2015/visa-bulletin-for-march-2015.html. All the family-based preference categories progressed and most categories advanced between 1 to 8 weeks. The most significant advancements are for 7 weeks for category F2A (except Mexico only advanced 4 weeks) and 8 weeks for category F2B (except Mexico advanced 2 weeks and the Philippines advanced 4 weeks).  





© 2017 Law Office of Laurie Y. Wu, LLC | DISCLAIMER
16 Rebecca Court, Old Bridge, NJ 08857
| Phone: 732-387-3668

Overview | Non-Immigrant Visas | Adjustment & Change of Status | Immigrant Visas | Removal of Conditions | Maintaining Permanent Residency | Citizenship & Naturalization | Relinquish Permanent Residence & Citizenship | Inadmissibility Waivers | | Profile | Fees & Pro-Bono | Resources | 中文 | Should I Hire an Attorney? | How is LYWLAW Different? | Can my Child Immigrate with Me?

Law Firm Website Design by
Amicus Creative