Visa Bulletin – March 2012

Each month the Department of State publishes a Visa Bulletin that lets you know what immigrant visas are currently being processed. In order to determine if there is a visa number currently available for you, you should check the Visa Bulletin each month.

To read this month’s bulletin, simply locate the preference class for your immigrant visa application, and then compare your priority date to the priority date in the tables listed below.

Section 203(a) of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of Family-sponsored immigrant visas as follows:

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

First (F1): Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens: 23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: 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, plus any unused first preference numbers:

A. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents: 77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

B. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents: 23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third (F3): Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens: 23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth (F4): Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens: 65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed; “C” means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants; and “U” means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available.(NOTE: Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.)

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Family-Sponsored All Areas China – mainland born India Mexico Philippines
F1 01FEB05 01FEB05 01FEB05 01MAY93 22JUN97
F2A 22JUL09 22JUL09 22JUL09 01JUL09 22JUL09
F2B 15NOV03 15NOV03 15NOV03 01DEC92 08DEC01
F3 01JAN02 01JAN02 01JAN02 08JAN93 22JUL92
F4 08OCT00 08OCT00 08OCT00 22MAY96 22DEC88

Section 203(b) of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of Employment-based immigrant visas as follows:

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

First: Priority Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.

Third: 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”.

Fourth: Certain Special Immigrants: 7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth: Employment Creation: 7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of P.L. 102-395.

On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed; “C” means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants; and “U” means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available.(NOTE: Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.)

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Employment-Based All Areas China – mainland born India Mexico Philippines
1st C C C C C
2nd C 01MAY10 01MAY10 C C
3rd 15MAR06 01JAN05 22AUG02 15MAR06 15MAR06
Other Workers 15MAR06 22APR03 22AUG02 15MAR06 15MAR06
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th Targeted Employment Areas/Regional Centers and Pilot Programs C C C C C

If you have immigration questions and would like to speak with a immigration lawyer about your fiance visa, adjustment of status or green card, or immigrant visa, please contact the Schaefer Law Firm or call (202) 642-4529.

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