Friday, November 13, 2015

January 2016 Visa Bulletin Predictions

For December 2015 Visa Bulletin, please click here:

For the official January 2016 Visa Bulletin, please click here:

Please see January 2016 Visa Bulletin Predictions below (for both Family Based and Employment Based):

Starting from October 2015 visa bulletin, DOS has decided to break its visa bulletin into two categories. The first category is "final action date" which is same as the previous visa bulletin. Dates in this category is when USCIS will start approving I-485 application.

The second category is "dates for filing visa application". The dates in this category is when applicants can start filing their I-485 application. This will be useful since applicant can file EAD application and after 180 days can change employer even if PD is not current.

The data below is for "final action date".

Quick Summary:

Family Based:

Family-Sponsored All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 08MAY08 08MAY08 08MAY08 15DEC94 01JUN03
F2A 15JUL14 15JUL14 15JUL14 08JUN14 15JUL14
F2B 01APR09 01APR09 01APR09 01OCT95 01JAN05
F3 22JUL04 22JUL04 22JUL04 22JUL94 08NOV93
F4 15APR03 15APR03 15APR03 08APR97 01AUG92

Employment Based:

Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA- mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 08MAR12 22SEP07 C C
3rd 08SEP15 15JUN12 08MAY04 08SEP15 08OCT07
Other Workers 08SEP15 01OCT06 08MAY04 08SEP15 08OCT07
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th Targeted Employment Areas/Regional Centers and Pilot Programs C 22DEC13 C C C

If you have not done it, please remember to add or update your I-130/NVC/I-140/I-485 case in the free GC tracker: tracker/

It would be very useful to understand how USCIS is currently processing these cases. It would also help in estimating date movements in future visa bulletin.

We will update this table as we get more data from USCIS. If you are interested, the dates above are based on following data:

Similar to EB3 category movement, we have added a blog post for EB2 category forward movement. Please click here for FB category.

Next Steps: If priority date is current and

1. If applicant is inside US, they will have to file I-485:

2. If applicant is outside US, it will be sent to NVC:

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  1. Hello Everybody.My PD is 02/25/2015.My case is F2A and it was approved 11/03/2015.Am currently 21 yrs 4 month.Any chance i wont convert to F2B.Thanks for your input.

    1. Hi, if the person who is requesting you is a US citizen you may qualify under the Child Protection Law as a minor (under 21). If your petitioner was a Resident, you may still qualify is your petitioner became a US citizen since then. Otherwise, I think you go to the next category of F2B.

  2. hi guys i am still waiting for welcome letter may i know when i will get this my priority date is 17 june 2015 and my file approved in 13 aug 2015 still i didnt get any news from nvc please help me out

    1. @ron did u call nvc. If not call them.

    2. you should wait 4 or 6 months until your PD becomes current. Once it is current the NVC will send u welcome letter

  3. Hi everyone I am new to this forum. I am in the f3 category my pd is July 6 2007 i would like to about when will my pd became current

  4. Hi. My PD is June 2009. It became current for several months last year (2014), and my papers have been sent to NVC. However, i was faced with a difficult family situation during that time when my agent notified me to prepare all the needed documents such as IELTS and Visascreen which i did not have yet at that time. Anyway, last June I took and passed the IELTS and awaiting for my visascreen certificate at the moment. I have already paid the IV application fee (NVC) and finished the DS online application. All my other documents required by NVC are ready except for Visascreen certificate at this time. Once completed, will NVC process my papers and schedule me for an interview by virtue of the 2014 visa bulletin when my PD became current or should I wait anew till my PD become current again before NVC begin consular processing?

    1. You will need to wait until your PD becomes current again.

  5. I am F2A visa category, Priority Date: 29 JULY 2014, received interview letter yesterday, interview scheduled for 5th January 2016

    GOOD STUFF!!!! :>

    1. When did your case complete and which country are you from ?

    2. my case was completed 3 October 2015, country Kyrgyzstan

    3. when did u get welcome letter?

    4. when was ur case approved from uscis?

    5. I heard Jan 29 2014 pds got IL.
      Is that real

  6. i filled my application in 08/01/2014 , my case was completed in 09/14/2015 and i didnt get any information about my intervieux yet

  7. hi im f2b priority date feb6 2006 how long to wait to be current thnx

  8. Khan already said, 2 days ago he posted that he had become citizen so his category will be CR1 I think, therefore there is no wait time, simple as that.

  9. My husband's PD Dec 15th, got interview date over phone, 4th October London


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