Family-Based Visa Availability

The Department of State publishes a monthly Visa Bulletin that tells applicants when their Priority Date is current. Applicants must wait for their Priority Date to become current before they can apply for a Green Card.

Visa Cut-Off Dates for May 2019

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES (Dates when visas may finally be issued)

Family-Sponsored
All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed
CHINA-mainland born
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
F1
08JAN12
08JAN12
08JAN12
08AUG97
15MAY07
F2A
15MAY17
15MAY17
15MAY17
01MAY17
15MAY17
F2B
01FEB13
01FEB13
01FEB13
15FEB98
01OCT07
F3
08NOV06
08NOV06
08NOV06
15FEB96
08OCT96
F4
15FEB06
15FEB06
01AUG04
08FEB98
01MAR97

*NOTE: For May, F2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants from all countries with priority dates  earlier than 01MAY17. F2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01MAY17 and earlier than 15MAY17. All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit.

DATES FOR FILING APPLICATIONS (Earliest dates when applicants may be able to apply)

Family-Sponsored
All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed
CHINA-mainland born
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
F1
22AUG12
22AUG12
22AUG12
08OCT99
15APR08
F2A
08JAN18
08JAN18
08JAN18
08JAN18
08JAN18
F2B
01AUG14
01AUG14
01AUG14
01OCT98
15MAY08
F3
22JUN07
22JUN07
22JUN07
22JUN00
01OCT97
F4
01OCT06
01OCT06
15MAR05
22NOV98
15FEB98

How to Read the Visa Bulletin

First, identify your Preference Category from following list:

  • First: (F1) 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:
    • (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents: 77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;
    • (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents: 23% of the overall second preference limitation.
  • Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens: 23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.
  • Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens: 65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

Next, identify your country of nationality (If you are claiming chargeability from a country other than China, India, Mexico or Philippines, then you should refer to the first column, labeled "All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed.") The cell that represents your Preference Category and Country of Nationality will contain either a date or a letter.

If a cell is marked "C" that means that the Priority Date is current in that Category and visa numbers are available. If a cell is marked "U" it means that no visas are available for the rest of the fiscal year (which ends on November 30). If a date appears in the cell, then that date signifies the visa "cut-off" date. Applicants must have a Priority Date that falls before the date listed in the cell in order to qualify to apply for a Green Card.

Please note that if you are applying as the spouse or unmarried childof a U.S. citizen, or if you are applying as the parent of a U.S.citizen who is over the age of 18, then a visa number is immediately available to you and you are not required to wait for a Priority Date to become current.