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Important Immigration Updates and Reminders

Dilip Patel


Visa Quota Outlook

Immigrants on the waiting lists for an allocation of a visa in the Family Based or Employment based Preferences are always looking for some reliable guidance on when the dates will progress. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to predict when visas will become available. The most reliable source is guidance from Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State.

The following information relevant to India-born waiting list is from a report of his discussions with the American immigration Lawyers Association:

QUESTION: What can we expect in terms of movement of FB-2 Final Action Dates?

ANSWER: All of the family-based categories will continue to move at a rate that is consistent with the current pace. I do not expect any dramatic forward movement or slowing down in the coming months. FB-2A should continue to move an average of three week each month.

F-4 India will continue to move but is not expected to reach the F-4 Worldwide date until summer. If there are unused numbers from the other preference categories that fall down to F-4 India, the cut-off date may advance more quickly.

Movements in the family-based Final Action Dates may start to slow in the second half of the fiscal year. Updated projections will appear in the next Visa Bulletin.

QUESTION: Can we expect to see any movement in the "filing" dates during the fiscal year, or is movement generally confined to the beginning of the fiscal year?

ANSWER: I monitor these dates throughout the fiscal year and there may be some updates in the coming months. Changes in the filing dates tend to be more dramatic at the beginning of the fiscal year, but changes are sometimes required in the second half of the year based on demand patterns and future needs.

To be continued …

Dilip Patel of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, a board-certified expert on immigration law, can be reached at (813) 222-1120 or email dilip.patel@bipc.com

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