US Dept of State Family-Sponsored Visa Bulletin Predictions for April 2016

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

Family-SponsoredAug 2015Sep 2015Oct 2015Nov 2015Dec 2015Jan 2016Feb 2016Mar 2016April 2016 Prediction
FB12007-11-012007-12-152008-01-152008-02-222008-04-012008-05-152008-07-082008-08-082008-09-17
FB2a2013-12-152014-03-012014-04-152014-05-152014-06-152014-08-012014-09-012014-09-222014-10-22
FB2b2008-11-152008-12-222009-01-152009-02-082009-03-012009-04-012009-05-152009-05-222009-06-16
FB32004-04-082004-05-082004-05-222004-06-152004-07-012004-08-012004-10-012004-10-152004-11-07
FB42002-12-012003-01-152003-02-082003-03-012003-03-222003-04-222003-06-082003-07-012003-07-25

Mainland China

Family-SponsoredAug 2015Sep 2015Oct 2015Nov 2015Dec 2015Jan 2016Feb 2016Mar 2016April 2016 Prediction
FB12007-11-012007-12-152008-01-152008-02-222008-04-012008-05-152008-07-082008-08-082008-09-17
FB2a2013-12-152014-03-012014-04-152014-05-152014-06-152014-08-012014-09-012014-09-222014-10-22
FB2b2008-11-152008-12-222009-01-152009-02-082009-03-012009-04-012009-05-152009-05-222009-06-16
FB32004-04-082004-05-082004-05-222004-06-152004-07-012004-08-012004-10-012004-10-152004-11-07
FB42002-12-012003-01-152003-02-082003-03-012003-03-222003-04-222003-06-082003-07-012003-07-25

India

Family-SponsoredAug 2015Sep 2015Oct 2015Nov 2015Dec 2015Jan 2016Feb 2016Mar 2016April 2016 Prediction
FB12007-11-012007-12-152008-01-152008-02-222008-04-012008-05-152008-07-082008-08-082008-09-17
FB2a2013-12-152014-03-012014-04-152014-05-152014-06-152014-08-012014-09-012014-09-222014-10-22
FB2b2008-11-152008-12-222009-01-152009-02-082009-03-012009-04-012009-05-152009-05-222009-06-16
FB32004-04-082004-05-082004-05-222004-06-152004-07-012004-08-012004-10-012004-10-152004-11-07
FB42002-12-012003-01-152003-02-082003-03-012003-03-222003-04-222003-06-082003-07-012003-07-25

Mexico

Family-SponsoredAug 2015Sep 2015Oct 2015Nov 2015Dec 2015Jan 2016Feb 2016Mar 2016April 2016 Prediction
FB11994-11-151994-11-151994-11-221994-12-011994-12-081994-12-221995-01-011995-01-081995-01-16
FB2a2013-11-012014-02-012014-03-012014-04-012014-05-082014-06-012014-06-082014-06-152014-07-05
FB2b1995-04-081995-07-151995-08-011995-08-221995-09-081995-09-081995-09-081995-09-081995-09-13
FB31994-04-221994-05-221994-06-081994-06-151994-07-081994-08-011994-09-081994-09-151994-10-03
FB41997-03-011997-03-151997-03-221997-04-011997-04-011997-04-011997-04-011997-04-011997-04-01

Philippines

Family-SponsoredAug 2015Sep 2015Oct 2015Nov 2015Dec 2015Jan 2016Feb 2016Mar 2016April 2016 Prediction
FB12000-03-152000-10-222001-06-012002-06-012003-01-012003-06-012003-11-012004-04-012004-09-21
FB2a2013-12-152014-03-012014-04-152014-05-152014-06-152014-08-012014-09-012014-09-222014-10-22
FB2b2004-05-222004-09-082004-10-012004-11-012004-12-012005-01-012005-02-012005-03-012005-03-31
FB31993-08-221993-09-151993-10-011993-10-081993-10-221993-11-011993-11-221993-12-081993-12-21
FB41992-01-151992-03-011992-05-011992-06-151992-07-011992-07-221992-08-081992-08-151992-09-02

* Note: Dates in red indicate that priority went backwards instead of forwards which is known as “retrogression.” This is caused when the Department of State finds that the number of visas available is running out faster than originally estimated. The date is moved backward to show a more accurate picture of the visa backlog.

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE DEFINITIONS


First: (FB1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens: 23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents: 114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:

----  A. (FB2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents: 77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;
----  B. (FB2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents: 23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: (FB3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens: 23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: (FB4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens: 65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.