How to Read the Visa Bulletin

How to Read the Visa Bulletin

I am often asked the following questions:  What is the Visa Bulletin? and I am also asked How to read the visa bulletin?

The visa bulletin is a statement put out each month by the United States State Department. The visa bulletin sets up cut off dates for each category of visa applicants. Only those who have been assigned a date prior to the cutoff date provided for their category are eligible for a visa application in that month. This system is designed to control the amount of visas given out to immigrants each year. The need for these quotas to be met comes from the Immigration and Nationality Act which allocated a total amount of immigrants allowed within the U.S. Per year as well as limiting those numbers to only 7% per country.
The categories are initially split into family-sponsored visas and employment based visas. These two categories are then further divided into additional categories. In each category the countries China, the Philippines, Mexico, and India are set aside separately to ensure that the quotas are met for each of those countries as these countries generally contain the most applicants. In this manner the visa bulletin makes sure all of the quotas are met correctly for each country without exceeding the number of allowed visas per year for immigrants.
 
Visa Cut Off Dates
The visa cut off dates are established by the Visa Office which is a section of the Department of State. The Visa Office is given the authority by the government to control the number of visas given out as well as determine the cutoff numbers for the categories that contain too many applicants. The cutoff dates are determined by the Visa Office through reviewing data gathered from overseas consular offices and USCIS. Once this data is properly analyzed they compare it to the requests of visas from that specific countries categories and if necessary determine the appropriate cutoff date.
 
Quota System For Immigration
The visa bulletin and cut off Dates are determined from the quota system. The fiscal year runs from October 1st to September 30th. For this year the U.S. allocates a certain number of green cards and visas to be issued for each country and categories within this country. Based off of this data the numbers of visas to be awarded are determined for each month. The visa bulletin then based off these numbers sets cut off dates to make sure the correct amount in each category is met but not exceeded. This system is relatively good at ensuring that these numbers are properly met.
 
What Causes Priority Dates to Change?
Often during a month there will be more or less people than originally calculated who are given visas due to variability in numbers provided by the USCIS or other factors. When this happens they will make adjustments in the priority dates in the next month. For example if there are more visas given within a certain month than expected the priority date will be changed in the next month to account for this. If yearly totals in one category surpass the quota in a given category that category may become unavailable in the following year in order to balance out the quota amount. If there are less applicants in a certain category the unused spaces may also be given to other categories with too many applicants. This too is determined by the priority of the applicants.

The title of this blog post is: how to read the visa bulletin. The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only. Laws can and do change and additional laws may apply in your case. Lawrence Gruner is a fiance visa attorney, a fiancé visa lawyer, a green card attorney, and a Sacramento immigration attorney with almost 20 years of experience handling immigration cases.  He would be happy to talk to you about your immigration case.  He has office locations throughout California and handles cases throughout the United States and the World.  He may be reached at 888-801-6558


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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

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    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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August 2013 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has just released the August 2013 visa bulletin. You can review the information attached to get an idea of how long a wait your immigration case will have (if you are dealing with a case where there is a quota or limit on the number of applicants who will be admitted each year).   You can visit the site with the August 2013 visa bulletin by clicking here. If you have any questions about the visa bulletin or timelines in your case please contact our office.  We would be happy to talk to you about your case.

Lawrence Gruner is an experienced fiancé visa attorney , green card attorney and immigration attorney  with almost 20 years of experience handling immigration cases. He has office locations throughout northern California. His office handles immigration cases throughout California (including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Sacramento) the United States and the World. You may reach us at 888-801-6558 . You may also email us your questions. Attorney Gruner would be happy to review your situation and all of your options.

Laws can and do change.  This blog article is just an overview of the process and is not intended as legal advice.  Please do not rely on the advice you receive from friends and family as there can be serious consequences.   Please make sure you contact an attorney prior to filing any immigration case.  It is extremely important that an experienced immigration attorney review your situation prior to any documents being filed. We would be happy to talk to you, free of charge, about all the issues in your fiance visa case.

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  • S. Lucas
    TEMPORARY VISA
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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
    IMMIGRATION LAW
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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
    IMMIGRATION LAW
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    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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How to Get a Marriage Visa

 

How to Get a Marriage Visa

Clients often want to know: how to get a marriage visa.  There are a few steps one must take in order for a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident to bring their spouse into the United States from a foreign country. A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident is responsible for filing forms and going through the necessary processes in order for a smooth transition for their spouse to enter the U.S. This is called a marriage visa or immigrant visa.
The first step is to fill out Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. This is filed with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Form I-130 comes with two pages and seven pages of instructions. Make sure to properly fill out, complete and sign the form. You must fill out Part A in its entirety, and Part E must be signed. The US Citizen and their spouse also each have to fill out and sign their individual G-325a forms. There is also a filing fee of $420. Submit this form at the Chicago or Phoenix Lockbox. There is a list of addresses on the USCIS website. You can make this process more convenient by filing Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application. This is an application to receive a text message or email when the USCIS accepts Form 1-130. Clip Form G-1145 to the front of your application.
 
Once form I-130 is processed and approved, eligible spouses must wait until a visa number becomes available. Then, the application process to obtain an immigrant visa or marriage visa can continue.
The U.S. citizen must also file the Affidavit of Support, From I-864 or I864EZ. This is a requirement for an immigrant visa for a spouse or other relatives of a U.S. citizen. You must be 18 years or older and have a residence in the U.S. in order to file. This form shows that an immigrant has adequate means or financial support and will not likely need the support of the U.S. government. It includes nine pages and 13 pages of instructions. Make sure to read the instructions, fill the form out completely, use black ink and keep your answers within the spaces. The U.S. citizen should then give this form and supporting documents to the immigrant they are sponsoring.
  
You should always consult with an immigration attorney before you file your immigration case.  There may be many options available to you.  Your immigration attorney can help you pick the best option for your situation
This blog article is titled: How to get a marriage visa.  If you have more questions about this process or any immigration questions in general please feel free to contact our office.  We would be happy to help you. 
 
Lawrence Gruner is an immigration attorney with almost 20 years of experience handling immigration cases.  He has office locations throughout California.  His office handles cases throughout California, the United States, and the World.  You may reach him at 888-801-6558
 
 

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  • S. Lucas
    TEMPORARY VISA
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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
    IMMIGRATION LAW
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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
    IMMIGRATION LAW
    img

    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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