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Dec 19, 2005
The December 2005 Priority Dates
- Atty. Michael J. Gurfinkel Email this article

The priority dates for all family-based petitions, except that of the Second Preference (unmarried sons and daughters over 21 years of green card holders), moved forward by at least one month, as shown in the December 2005 monthly Visa Bulletin.

 

The priority dates for employment-based petitions for professional and skilled workers moved by two weeks, while the priority date for “other” (unskilled) workers did not move at all.

 

Petitions by Citizens:

 

The priority date for the First Preference Category, F-1  (unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, over 21 years of age) moved forward by one month, from July 22, 1991 to August 22, 1991.

 

The Third Preference Category F-3 (married sons and daughters of United States citizens) moved forward also by one month, from January 8, 1991 to  February 8, 1991 (Note: There is now a difference of 6-1/2 months in priority dates between unmarried and married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.).

 

The Fourth Preference, F-4 (brothers and sisters of United States citizens)  also moved forward by two months, from July 1, 1983 to September 1, 1983.

 

Petitions by Green Card Holders:

 

The Second Preference, F-2A (spouse and minor children below 21 years of age, of green card holders) of Family-Based Petitions moved forward by one month, from December 1, 2001 to January 1, 2002.

 

The Second Preference, F-2B (unmarried sons and daughters, over 21 years of age, of green card holders), moved forward by about two weeks, from May 22, 1996 to June 8, 1996.

 

Petitions by Employers:

 

The Third Preference (professionals and skilled workers) of Employment-Based Petitions (Labor Certification), moved by two weeks, from March 1, 2001 to March 15, 2001.  The Third Preference (non-skilled workers),  did not move, and remained at October 1, 2000.

 

Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes the priority dates for that particular month.  This means that visas would now be available for persons whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.

 

The December 2005 priority dates for the Philippines are as follows:

FAMILY CATEGORY:

Priority Date:

First Preference

Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens (over 21 years of age)

August 22, 1991

(In November 2005, the priority date was July 22, 1991.)

 

Second Preference

2A.Spouse and minor   children (below 21 years old) of green card holder

January 1, 2002

(In November 2005, the priority date was

December 1, 2001.)

 

 

2B.Unmarried sons and daughters (over 21 years old) of green card holder

June 8, 1996

(In November 2005, the priority date was  May 22, 1996)

 

Third Preference

Married sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens.

February 8, 1991

(In November 2005, the priority date was January 8, 1991.)

 

Fourth Preference

Brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens.

September 1, 1983

(In November 2005, the priority date was July 1, 1983.)

 

LABOR CERTIFICATION:

Third Preference

Professional/Skilled Workers

March 15, 2001

(In November 2005, the priority date was March 1, 2001.)

 

 

Other workers

Non-Skilled Workers

October 1, 2000

(In November 2005, the priority date was

the same.)

 

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Michael J. Gurfinkel has been an attorney for over 24 years, and is an active member of the State Bar of California and New York, as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Immigration Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  He has always excelled in school:  Valedictorian in High School; Cum Laude at UCLA; and Law Degree Honors and academic scholar at Loyola Law School, which is one of the top law schools in California. 

 

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