Visa Bulletin - February 2019

The Visa Bulletin provides information regarding the cut-off dates which govern visa availability in the numerically limited visa categories and other immigrant visa related information. February 2019.

FAMILY SPONSORED

FOR MOST COUNTRIES (except: China, India, Mexico and Philippines)
CAT. BENEFICIARIES PRIORITY DATE WAIT TIME DIFFERENCE FROM PREVIOUS MONTH
F1 Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens September 22, 2011 7 years, 4 months and 10 days 1 month
F2A Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents December 1, 2016 2 years and 2 months 23 days
F2B Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents May 1, 2012 6 years and 9 months 1 month and 16 days
F3 Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens August 22, 2006 12 years, 5 months and 10 days 7 days
F4 Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens June 22, 2005 13 years, 7 months and 10 days 1 month
MEXICO
F1 Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens  August 1, 1997 21 years and 6 months 0 days
F2A Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters November 15, 2016 2 years, 2 months and 17 days 1 month
F2B Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents July 22, 1997 21 years, 6 months and 10 days 1 month and 14 days
F3 Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens December 22, 1995 23 years, 1 month and 10 days 0 days
F4 Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens February 8, 1998 20 years, 11 months and 24 days 0 days


EMPLOYMENT BASED PREFERENCES

FOR MOST COUNTRIES INCLUDING MEXICO (except: China, India, and Philippines)
CAT. BENEFICIARIES PRIORITY DATE WAIT TIME DIFFERENCE FROM PREVIOUS MONTH
E1 Priority Workers December 1, 2017 1 year and 2 months 2 months
E2 Persons of Exceptional Ability Current Current Current
E3 Skilled Workers, Professional, and Other Workers Current Current Current
E3 Other Workers Current Current Current

 

What is the Visa Bulletin?

The Visa Bulletin is a monthly statement by the U.S. Department of State of visa numbers available in specific categories for all countries. The Bulletin is a guide that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) States has to define who may or may not receive an immigrant visa, depending on the date on which the person submitted his application. This date is called the priority date and it determines the place of that person in the waiting list

Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) limits the number of people that per category may immigrate to the United States each year. When the number of applicants is greater than the number of visas available it generates a delay.

Each month, the Visa Bulletin announces the priority date or cutting, which means that an immigrant can adjust status, in other words get the residency. The immigrant must have a priority date earlier than the date of closing in the Bulletin

In a family-based petition, the priority date is the day the USCIS receives the petition. In an employment based category, the priority date is the day on which the Labor Department receives the request to certify that the employee is eligible for permanent residence. When the law does not require a labor certification, the priority date is the day that USCIS receives the petition.

Generally the date of the Visa Bulletin moves forward, but if the State Department determines that visas for certain categories or country are being used faster than expected, the priority date may be delayed or stand-still.

Disclaimer:

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide general information therefore does not establish an attorney-client relationship and should not be regarded as legal advice. Any decision you make based on this information is at your own risk.