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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Visa Bulletin and Priority Dates

     The spouse, parent and children (under 21 years of age) of a U.S. citizen are known as immediate relatives. They can apply for residency at the same time that the U.S. citizen sponsors them.  Family-sponsored foreign nationals who are not immediate relatives must wait until the "priority date" becomes current.  This means that the family member must first petition the foreign nationals and then, when the date of that petition is "current" on the Visa Bulletin, the foreign nationals may apply for residency.
     The Visa Bulletin changes monthly.  A petition filed five years ago will not necessarily take five years for the priority date to become current.  Recently, the CIS Ombudsman reported that during 2009 and part of 2010, usage of family-based visas has been exceptionally low, especially among spouses and children of green card holders (F-2A preference category). A significant number of family-based visas may go unused in FY 2010. 
     Therefore, priority dates in this category will be processed much faster than in other years.  For legal advice on your case, please schedule a consultation.

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