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Visa Bulletin: Family Based Immigrant Visa

Family Based Immigrant Visa

March 2015

Family-Sponsored All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed China-mainland born India Mexico Philippines
F1 01 AUG 07 01 AUG 07 01 AUG 07 22 OCT 94 01 FEB 05
F2A 22 JUN 13 22 JUN 13 22 JUN 13 22 MAY 13 22 JUN 13
F2B 08 JUL 08 08 JUL 08 08 JUL 08 01 JAN 95 22 MAR 04
F3 22 JAN 04 22 JAN 04 22 JAN 04 22 FEB 94 01 AUG 93
F4 15 MAY 02 15 MAY 02 15 MAY 02 01 JUN 97 08 SEP 91

*NOTE: March, F2A numbers EXEMPT from per-countrylimit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 22MAY13. F2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 22MAY13 and earlier than 22JUN13. (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.)

First 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:

Third Preference: 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".

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

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

Third 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 PHILIPPINES.

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