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I really need help with visa bulletin on USCIS websites I don't understand them after reading everything about it so many times, so my problem is that I just got my I-130 petition for alien relative (spous) approved on January 27, 2017 my priority date is august 15, 2016 so after waiting couple of months I finally received a letter saying that the above petition has been approved. And we have sent the original visa application to the (NVC) for further process, I am a green card holder my birth country is Afghanistan and my husband is from Afghanistan too, so I have applied for him based on my green card. Now I want to know that according to priority date which is august 15, 2016 how long do I have to wait for a visa number to become avilable for him and also yesterday I just received an email from USCIS which says "NEXT STEP AFTER PETITION FOR ALIEN RELATIVE" I will attach a copy of email I have received I don't understand why did I get that when I don't have a visa number available yet?

thank you very much for help in advance, I really appreciate your help.


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A visa number is not available to your husband since his PD is not current.


This is how to read the Visa Bulletin.  


1. Check for the VB here: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin.html

2. Check for the latest VB.

3. Look at "A.  FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES"  --> F2a & All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed.

4. For March 2017, the current PD for F2a & All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed is 08MAY15.  This means that beneficiaries with PD before May 8, 2015, have visa numbers available to them.


Your husband's PD is August 15, 2016.  No one, not even the US Government, can tell you how much longer your husband has to wait.  Based on the current PD of May 8, 2015, you should expect it to be another year and half before a visa number is available to your husband.


Best of luck. 

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

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