US Dept of State Family-Sponsored Visa Bulletin Predictions for March 2017

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

Family-SponsoredJul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016Jan 2017Feb 2017March 2017 Prediction
FB12009-03-222009-05-222009-09-152009-09-222009-10-222009-12-012010-01-082010-02-222010-03-30
FB2a2014-11-152014-11-152014-11-152014-12-222015-01-222015-02-222015-03-222015-04-152015-05-14
FB2b2009-12-082010-01-082010-02-012010-03-152010-04-152010-05-082010-06-082010-07-082010-08-07
FB32004-12-012004-12-012004-12-012004-12-222005-01-222005-02-152005-03-012005-03-222005-04-13
FB42003-09-082003-09-152003-10-082003-11-012003-12-012003-12-222004-01-222004-02-082004-03-04

Mainland China

Family-SponsoredJul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016Jan 2017Feb 2017March 2017 Prediction
FB12009-03-222009-05-222009-09-152009-09-222009-10-222009-12-012010-01-082010-02-222010-03-30
FB2a2014-11-152014-11-152014-11-152014-12-222015-01-222015-02-222015-03-222015-04-152015-05-14
FB2b2009-12-082010-01-082010-02-012010-03-152010-04-152010-05-082010-06-082010-07-082010-08-07
FB32004-12-012004-12-012004-12-012004-12-222005-01-222005-02-152005-03-012005-03-222005-04-13
FB42003-01-012003-01-012003-01-012003-05-012003-08-012003-10-012003-11-222004-01-222004-04-02

India

Family-SponsoredJul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016Jan 2017Feb 2017March 2017 Prediction
FB12009-03-222009-05-222009-09-152009-09-222009-10-222009-12-012010-01-082010-02-222010-03-30
FB2a2014-11-152014-11-152014-11-152014-12-222015-01-222015-02-222015-03-222015-04-152015-05-14
FB2b2009-12-082010-01-082010-02-012010-03-152010-04-152010-05-082010-06-082010-07-082010-08-07
FB32004-12-012004-12-012004-12-012004-12-222005-01-222005-02-152005-03-012005-03-222005-04-13
FB42001-01-012001-01-012001-01-012002-12-012003-02-152003-04-012003-05-152003-06-152003-08-08

Mexico

Family-SponsoredJul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016Jan 2017Feb 2017March 2017 Prediction
FB11995-03-081995-03-081995-03-221995-04-011995-04-081995-04-151995-04-221995-05-081995-05-16
FB2a2014-09-012014-09-012014-09-012014-12-012015-01-082015-02-152015-03-082015-04-012015-05-04
FB2b1995-09-081995-09-081995-09-151995-10-011995-10-081995-10-151995-10-151995-11-081995-11-18
FB31994-10-221994-10-221994-11-151994-11-221994-12-011994-12-081994-12-151994-12-151994-12-22
FB41997-04-151997-04-151997-04-221997-05-011997-05-081997-05-151997-05-151997-05-221997-05-29

Philippines

Family-SponsoredJul 2016Aug 2016Sep 2016Oct 2016Nov 2016Dec 2016Jan 2017Feb 2017March 2017 Prediction
FB12005-02-012005-03-222005-07-012005-08-012005-09-012005-09-152005-10-012005-12-012005-12-27
FB2a2014-11-152014-11-152014-11-152014-12-222015-01-222015-02-222015-03-222015-04-152015-05-14
FB2b2005-07-012005-09-152005-12-012006-01-012006-02-152006-03-012006-04-082006-04-082006-05-05
FB31994-03-011994-03-151994-06-151994-07-081994-08-081994-08-151994-09-011994-09-081994-09-23
FB41993-01-011993-02-011993-03-011993-04-151993-05-081993-05-221993-06-081993-06-221993-07-10


* 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.