Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Visa Backlog Expected to Go Down For Spouses & Children!

I have heard from a reliable source in Seattle earlier this week that the State Department backlog for the Family 2A preference category--spouses and children of permanent residents--will likely be going down very soon. This is a big deal. Currently, as of the February 2011 Visa Bulletin, there is a three (3) year wait for green card holders who are applying for their spouses and children (under 21). If this changes, and the backlog starts to be cleared up, we will start seeing much faster processing times for family-based visa petitions, meaning that families will not have to wait as long as they were expecting in order to be reunited.

According to the same source, the number of visas available for the Family 2B preference category--unmarried sons and daughters (21 years of age or older)--will be increasing but processing times will not be as fast as the Family 2A. Currently, as of the February 2011 Visa Bulletin, there is a nearly eight (8) year wait for this category. Any improvement would obviously be welcomed.

So, green card holders who are waiting for their priority date to become current or who are considering applying for their loved ones to join them should watch the Visa Bulletin closely for signs of movement. The March bulletin should be published in the next several days. Here is the link to check: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html



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