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Dec 29, 2005
The January 2006 Priority Dates
- Atty. Michael Gurfinkel Email this article

The priority dates for petitions by US citizen parents did not move forward, but those filed by immigrant parents moved by two weeks, as shown in the January 2006 monthly Visa Bulletin.

 

The priority dates for employment-based petitions for unskilled workers moved forward by six months.

 

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) did not move at all, and remained at August 22, 1991.

  

The Third Preference Category F-3 (married sons and daughters of United States citizens) also did not move, and remained at  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) moved forward by one month, from September 1, 1983 to October 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 two weeks, from January 1, 2002,  to January 15, 2002.

 

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

 

Petitions by Employers:

 

The Third Preference (professionals and skilled workers) of Employment-Based Petitions (Labor Certification), moved by two weeks, from March 15, 2001 to April 1, 2001.  The Third Preference (non-skilled workers),  moved forward by six months, from October 1, 2000 to April  1, 2001.

 

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 January 2006 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 December 2005, the priority date was the same.)

 

Second Preference

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

January 15, 2002

(In December 2005, the priority date was

January 1, 2002.)

 

 

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

June 22, 1996

(In December 2005, the priority date was  June 8, 1996)

 

Third Preference

Married sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens.

            February 8, 1991

(In December 2005, the priority date was the same.)

 

Fourth Preference

Brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens.

October 1, 1983

(In December 2005, the priority date was September 1, 1983.)

 

LABOR CERTIFICATION:

Third Preference

Professional/Skilled Workers

            April 1, 2001

(In December 2005, the priority date was March 15, 2001.)

 

 

Other workers

Non-Skilled Workers

            April 1, 2001

             (In December 2005, the priority was  October 1, 2000.)

 

Michael  J. Gurfinkel has been an attorney for over 25 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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