January 2014 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the visa bulletin for January 2014. This bulletin indicates that the priority dates for the F-2A family preference category is still current. USCIS will continue to process immigrant petitions filed by green card holders for their immediate relatives, as of September 8, 2013.

This means that the spouses and minor children of green card holders who are in the United States can file applications for adjustment of status and employment authorization. They can do that if their permanent resident spouses or parents filed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative for them before 8th September, 2013.

If you are a permanent resident and if you have filed an immigrant petition for your spouse or child before September 8, 2013, your spouse or child can now file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Your spouse or child need not wait until the USCIS approves Form I-130 that you filed.

Priority date is your place in the line for a U.S. visa. Immigrant visas will be issued by the DOS only to those whose priority dates are earlier than the cut-off dates listed in the visa bulletin the DOS publishes every month.

The visa bulletin will help you to know when your priority date may become current. You also need to remember that you will be required to wait until your priority date becomes current again if your priority date is now current and if it retrogresses before an immigrant visa is issued to you.

The visa bulletin for January 2014 indicates that the EB-1 employment based preference category is current for all countries. Likewise, EB-2 category is current for all countries except for India and China. This visa bulletin indicates that the cut off dates for foreign workers who belong to China, Mexico and the other countries, in the EB-3 category will advance to April 1, 2013. At the same time, cut off dates for Indians in the EB-3 category will remain unchanged. Cut off dates for the EB-4 and EB-5 preference categories will remain current for all the countries.

For information on visa processing times, USCIS service center processing times, USCIS local office processing times and expected border wait times, please visit http://uscisprocessingtimes.org/