*NOTE: February, F2A numbers EXEMPT from per-countrylimit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01SEP13. F2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01SEP13 and earlier than 08SEP13. (All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit; there are no F2A numbers for MEXICO subject to per-country limit.)
Preference: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of
Citizens: 23,400 plus any numbers not required
for fourth preference.
Second Preference: 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, and any unused first preference numbers:
and Children: 77% of the overall second
preference limitation, of which 75% are
exempt from the per-country limit.
Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older):
23% of the overall second preference limitation.
Preference: Married Sons and Daughters of
Citizens: 23,400, plus any numbers not required
by first and second preferences.
Fourth Preference: Brothers and Sisters of Adult
Citizens: 65,000, plus any numbers not required
by first three preferences
INA Section 203(e) provides that family-sponsored
preference visas be issued to eligible immigrants
in the order in which a petition in behalf of
each has been filed. Section 203(d) provides that
spouses and children of preference immigrants
are entitled to the same status, and the same
order of consideration, if accompanying or following
to join the principal. The visa prorating provisions
of Section 202(e) apply to allocations for a foreign
state or dependent area when visa demand exceeds
the per-country limit. These provisions apply
at present to the following oversubscribed chargeability
areas: CHINA-mainland born, INDIA, MEXICO, and