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Spouse and unmarried children (under 21) of Green Card Holder

A green card holder may file a family preference visa petition on behalf of their foreign national spouse and unmarried children (under 21). 

 

Currently, only 114,200 visas are issued each fiscal year for the F2 preference category, which includes: spouse and unmarried children (under 21) of lawful permanent residents as well as unmarried sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents.* This numerical limitation has caused a significant backlog in the time it takes for more distant relatives of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents to apply for a green card.

To determine whether a family preference relative may apply for a green card, one must reference the U.S. Department of State visa bulletin. The Department of State releases a visa bulletin each month to summarize the current availability of immigrant numbers. 

 

Unless otherwise indicated on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website, family preference relatives seeking to file a green card application must use the “Final Action Dates” to determine whether their priority date is current, and thus, they are eligible to apply for a green card.

For November 2019there is a cutoff date on the Dates for Filing chart. However, the F2A category is “current” on the Final Action Dates chart. This means that applicants in the F2A category may file using the Final Action Dates chart for October 2019.

See: Visa Bulletin for November 2019

In October 2019there was a cutoff date on the Dates for Filing chart. However, the F2A category was “current” on the Final Action Dates chart. This means that applicants in the F2A category could file using the Final Action Dates chart for October 2019.

See: Visa Bulletin for October 2019

In September  2019there was a cutoff date on the Dates for Filing chart. However, the F2A category was “current” on the Final Action Dates chart. This means that applicants in the F2A category could file using the Final Action Dates chart for September 2019.

See: Visa Bulletin for September 2019

In August 2019there was a cutoff date on the Dates for Filing chart. However, the F2A category was “current” on the Final Action Dates chart. This means that applicants in the F2A category could file using the Final Action Dates chart for August 2019.

See: Visa Bulletin for August 2019

IJuly 2019the F2A category was “current” on the Final Action Dates chart. This means that applicants in the F2A category could file using the Final Action Dates chart for July 2019.

See: Visa Bulletin for July 2019

In June 2019the estimated wait time, or "visa queue", for the spouse or unmarried children (under 21) of a lawful permanent resident to apply for a green card was approximately 2+ months for all countries.

See: Visa Bulletin for June 2019

In May 2019, the estimated wait time, or "visa queue", for the spouse of a lawful permanent resident to apply for a green card was approximately 1 year, 3 months for all countries.

See: Visa Bulletin for May 2019

* This numerical limitation may exceed 114,200 for any fiscal year in which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, or there are unused visa numbers from the first preference.

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Speak with a Family Immigration Attorney in Woburn, MA

If you are a lawful permanent resident who would like to file an immigrant visa application for your spouse, call a Marriage Immigration Lawyer in Woburn, MA. Lally Immigration Services, LLC is located in Woburn, Massachusetts and offers free consultations.