Visa Bulletin for February 2024!

The Visa Bulletin tells us how long you will have to wait in line to move forward with your immigration case.  US citizen relatives such as spouses, unmarried children under 21 years old and parents do not have to worry about these lines.  

Other family members have their own categories:  Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years old of Legal Permanent residents are in category F2A.  Unmarried children over 21 years old of Legal Permanent Residents are in category F2B.  There is not a category for married children of Legal Permanent Residents.  

US citizens can apply for their unmarried children over 21 years old in category F1.  Their married children are in category F3.  And their brothers and sisters are in category F4. 

There are special categories for countries that send a lot of immigrants such as Mexico, Philippines, China and India.  Then there is one category for the “Rest of the World.”  The lines are longer for these countries as there are limits by category and by country.  

So where are we for February 2024?  The numbers have not moved for several months.  Legal Permanent Residents must wait a few months to file the second step of their families’ case after filing the first step.  This is most important if the family member is in the US on a tourist or other visa and wants to file for adjustment of status.  The person must be in status when they file the second step – this is rather technical and very important to get good advice from a lawyer. 

For the other categories, it is generally around ten years to wait for most of the world.  As explained above, Mexico has a longer wait of about twenty years.  It is important to check frequently as it is now time for many Mexicans to apply under 245i from 2001.  

Do you have an old family petition you are wondering about?  Or want to start a new petition now?  Call us and we can guide you through the process.  

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