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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

October 2015 Visa Bulletin: New Chart for "Dates for Filing Applications".


As reported earlier, the October VisaBulletin provides two charts for both employment-based and family-based immigrant visa categories.  The first chart called the "Final Action Chart" (existing chart) is for determining when visa numbers actually become available so that applicants with current priority date will be eligible to receive a green card. The other chart ("Filing Dates" Chart) is new and determines when a visa applicant may file his or her I-485 and related applications (or start National Visa Center processing for overseas applicants). The main purpose of creating the new charts is to reduce volatility in cutoff dates and provide predictability to both government agencies and visa applicants. The new charts provide many benefits such as early filing of applications, which is good news for immigrant visa applicants.

AD: Dates for Final Action
FD : Dates for Filing Applications

FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
01/15/2008
01/15/2008
01/15/2008
11/22/1994
06/01/2001
FD
05/01/2009
05/01/2009
05/01/2009
07/01/1995
09/01/2005
F2A
AD
04/15/2014
04/15/2014
04/15/2014
03/01/2014
04/15/2014
FD
03/01/2015
03/01/2015
03/01/2015
03/01/2015
03/01/2015
F2B
AD
01/15/2009
01/15/2009
01/15/2009
08/01/1995
10/01/2004
FD
07/01/2010
07/01/2010
07/01/2010
01/01/1996
01/01/2005
F3
AD
05/22/2004
05/22/2004
05/22/2004
06/08/1994
10/01/1993
FD
04/01/2005
04/01/2005
04/01/2005
10/01/1996
08/01/1995
F4
AD
02/08/2003
02/08/2003
02/08/2003
03/22/1997
05/01/1992
FD
02/01/2004
02/01/2004
02/01/2004
05/01/1998
01/01/1993


1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,000 per year).
2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.
2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.
3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)
4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)


EMPLOYMENT
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
EB1
AD
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
C
C
C
C
EB2
AD
C
01/01/2012
05/01/2005
C
C
FD
C
05/01/2014
07/01/2011
C
C
EB3
AD
08/15/2015
10/15/2011
03/08/2004
08/15/2015
01/01/2007
FD
09/01/2015
10/01/2013
07/01/2005
09/01/2015
01/01/2015
Other Workers
AD
08/15/2015
01/01/2006
03/08/2004
08/15/2015
01/01/2007
FD
09/01/2015
01/01/2007
07/01/2005
09/01/2015
01/01/2015
EB4
AD
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
10/08/2013
C
C
C
FD
C
05/01/2015
C
C
C

1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding prof./researchers)
2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others)
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)

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