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Mar 2, 2006
The March 2006 Priority Dates
- Atty. Michael Gurfinkel Email this article

The priority dates for family petitions by US citizens did not move, but those filed by immigrant parents moved forward by at least seven days, as shown in the March 2006 monthly Visa Bulletin.

 

The priority dates for employment-based petitions for professionals and skilled workers moved forward by nine days, but those of unskilled workers did not move.

 

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) also did not move, and remained at 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 14 days, from February 8, 2002,  to February 22, 2002.

 

The Second Preference, F-2B (unmarried sons and daughters, over 21 years of age, of green card holders), moved forward by seven days, from July 1, 1996 to July 8, 1996.

 

Petitions by Employers:

 

The Third Preference (professionals and skilled workers) of Employment-Based Petitions (Labor Certification), moved forward by nine days, from April 22, 2001 to May 1, 2001.  The Third Preference (non-skilled workers), did not move and remained at October 1, 2001. The priority date for Schedule A workers (nurses/physical therapists) is current.

 

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 March 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 February 2006, the priority date was the same.)

 

Second Preference

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

February 22, 2002

(In February 2006, the priority date was

February 8, 2002.)

 

 

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

July 8, 1996

(In February 2006, the priority date was  July 1, 1996)

 

Third Preference

Married sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens.

            February 8, 1991

(In February 2006, the priority date was the same.)

 

Fourth Preference

Brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens.

October 1, 1983

(In February 2006, the priority date was the same.)

 

LABOR CERTIFICATION:

Third Preference

 

 

 

 

Schedule A

 

Professional/Skilled Workers

 

 

 

 

(Nurses/Physical therapists)

            May 1, 2001

(In February 2006, the priority date was April 22, 2001.)

 

Current

(In February 2006, the priority date was also current.)

 

 

Other workers

Non-Skilled Workers

            October 1, 2001

             (In February 2006, the priority was  the same.)

 

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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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