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Sunday, December 13, 2015

January 2016 Visa Bulletin: Family Categories Advance

In January 2016's Visa Bulletin, there is forward movement in both the "filing dates" and the "final action dates" for many of the family-based categories.  There is also forward movement in the "final action dates" for EB-2 India, EB-3 China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines.  The current visa programs for EB-4 (Special Religious Immigrants) and EB-5 (Regional Center Investment) are set to expire in December 2015, and visas will become unavailable in January unless they are extended by Congress.

AD: Dates for Final Action
FD : Dates for Filing Applications
FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
05/15/2008
05/15/2008
05/15/2008
12/22/1994
06/01/2003
FD
10/01/2009
10/01/2009
10/01/2009
04/01/1995
09/01/2005
F2A
AD
08/01/2014
08/01/2014
08/01/2014
06/01/2014
08/01/2014
FD
06/15/2015
06/15/2015
06/15/2015
06/15/2015
06/15/2015
F2B
AD
04/01/2009
04/01/2009
04/01/2009
09/08/1995
01/01/2005
FD
12/15/2010
12/15/2010
12/15/2010
04/01/1996
05/01/2005
F3
AD
08/01/2004
08/01/2004
08/01/2004
08/01/1994
11/01/1993
FD
08/01/2005
08/01/2005
08/01/2005
05/01/1995
08/01/1995
F4
AD
04/22/2003
04/22/2003
04/22/2003
04/01/1997
07/22/1992
FD
05/01/2004
05/01/2004
05/01/2004
06/01/1998
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
02/01/2012
02/01/2008
C
C
FD
C
01/01/2013
07/01/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
10/01/2015
07/01/2012
05/15/2004
10/01/2015
11/01/2007
FD
01/01/2016
10/01/2013
07/01/2005
01/01/2016
01/01/2010
Other Workers
AD
10/01/2015
12/01/2006
05/15/2004
10/01/2015
11/01/2007
FD
01/01/2016
01/01/2007
07/01/2005
01/01/2016
01/01/2010
EB4
AD
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
01/08/2014
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)


1 comment:

  1. The USCIS announced on December 14, 2015 that for adjustment of status applications filed in January 2016:

    For Family-Sponsored Filings:
    Applicants may use Dates for Filing Visa Applications Table for January 2016.

    For Employment-Based Filings:
    Applicants must use the Application Final Action Dates Table in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for January 2016 (not the Filing Date Table)

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