Recent U.S. Visa Changes for Family Based Immigration Category
For the upcoming month of August, 2013, there has been a significant change in the Family Based Immigration Permanent Residency (Green Card) category for Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders).
In August, all petitioners (applicants) in the F2A Category, (Green Card holders), can apply for their Spouse or Unmarried Children under 21, and their Spouse or Unmarried Children under 21 can receive their Green Card right away. There will be no more waiting for the Spouse or Child of a Green Card Holder to receive their own Green Card.
What this means is that the Spouse and Children of applicants are eligible to adjust their status and obtain green cards significantly faster than before. In July 2013 and before, there exists a nearly 2 year wait for the Spouses and Children of these applicants for their Green Cards.
For the Spouse or Children of Applicants already in the United States, they may file an I-485 with their I-130 petitions at the same time which will allow them to Adjust their Status without leaving the United States. For the Spouse or Children of Applicants overseas, the Applicant will file the I-130 here in the United States, and upon approval of that I-130, the case will be sent directly to the National Visa Center for scheduling at an US Embassy or Consulate in the Spouse or Child’s home country.
Please see the link below for the details. The category in question is the (F2A) Category: Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents. http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_6028.html
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