Some categories of immigrants are subject to a quota. When an application falls within a quota category, a prediction of the time until one’s visa will become available can alleviate some of the anxiety in waiting. Supply and demand within a given visa category and per-country limits vary the wait time for individual applicants.  Once immigration to the United States is determined to be possible, wait time can be estimated by viewing the “Visa Bulletin.”  This bulletin is currently available on the State Department Website.   Understanding the bulletin   (1) First, determine the category of concern: the bulletin below examples the Family Sponsored Preference categories.     Family-Sponsored Preferences:   First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens: the maximum amount of visas allotted are 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 […]

Introduction to the Visa Bulletin

Petitioning for your fiancé(e) to be allowed to enter the United States and marry you is not as straightforward as you might think.  A petition filed using Form i-129F is only intended to “classify” your fiancé(e) for marriage, and his/her children, to enter the U.S. and get a green card. Your petition may be approved when you properly show your intention to marry your fiance within 90 days of their admission into the U.S., and you show you had personally met your fiancé(e) in person within the last 2 years. However, despite your petition being approved, your fiancé(e) may still be denied their K-1 visa admitting them into the United States. Reasons your fiancé(e) may not obtain a K-1 visa. A main reason is your fiancé(e) may bomb their interview. For starters, an immigration officer must be satisfied that a legitimate marriage will occur between you and your fiancé(e). The […]

Difficulties in Bringing in Your Fiancé(e) under a K-1 Visa