May 2015 Visa Bulletin
Under U.S. law, unless the family member is an “immediate relative”, there are annual limits on the number of foreign family members who can obtain their green card. (Immigrant visas to “immediate relatives” are unlimited and are always available. You do not need to use the visa bulletin to check on wait times if your relative is an “immediate relative”. An Immediate relative is a Spouse of a U.S. Citizen; an unmarried child under 21 of a U.S. Citizen; or a parent of a U.S. Citizen if the U.S. Citizen is over 21.)
Because demand for green cards is greater than the supply of available green cards there is a backlog of petitions and a waiting list for a visa. Your relatives place in this line is based on his category (preference category) and priority date. When your relative’s priority date is current he can apply for his visa to come to the United States. You can find this priority date at the top of your I-130 approval notice.
The visa bulletin is issued every month. This guide will inform us if a visa is immediately available for your family member.
Simply look and see in which sub-category your family member belongs. You can then see that the expected wait time will be for your family member to obtain their visa. If the sub-category says “C” that is very good news. It means that a visa is immediately available for your family member.
For an in-depth review of the wait times please visit
Here is a summary of the current wait times:
|Family-Sponsored||All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed||CHINA-mainland born||INDIA||MEXICO||PHILIPPINES|
F1 15 Aug 2007 15 Aug 2007 15 Aug 07 08 Nov94 01Feb05
F2A 01 Sep 2013 01 Sep 2013 01 Sep 13 08 Aug 13 01 Sep 13
F2B 15 Sep 2008 15 Sep 2008 15 Sep 08 01 Apr95 22Apr 04
F3 22 Feb 2004 22 Feb 2004 22 Feb 04 15 Apr94 15Aug 93
F4 01 Aug 2002 01 Aug 2002 01 Aug02 15 Jul97 22 Oct 91
Lawrence Gruner is a Sacramento Immigration Attorney a Sacramento Immigration Lawyer and a fiancé visa attorney. He has over 20 years of experience handling Immigration cases. He handles cases in California, throughout the United States and the World. He may be reached at 916-760-7270 or 888-801-6558. He would be happy to talk to you, free of charge, about your case.