The AILA Department of State Liaison Committee has been informed by the State Department that due to the demand of F2A visas by Mexican nationals, the Mexico F2A visa preference category is expected to retrogress in the spring of FY2014.
If the return rate for this visa category decreases, the retrogression may come sooner than spring of FY2014. There is a 50% return rate worldwide for F2A visas which may be due to the fact that some applicants will convert to Immediate Relative visas in order to take advantage of the Provisional Waiver Program or some marriages may terminate before the visa is available.
DOS also anticipates that the F2A worldwide visa preference category will retrogress by the last quarter of FY2014. DOS will include visa retrogression predictions in future visa bulletins.
This means that F2A category for spouses and children of permanent residents is likely to retrogress around July 2014 for World-wide, India, Philippines and China category and in early 2014 for Mexico.