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Jun 8, 2006
The June 2006 Priority Dates: Spouse and minor children of green card holders move backward 10 months; visas for unskilled workers unavailable
- Michael J. Gurfinkel, Esq. Email this article

The priority date for Second Preference 2A (petitions of spouse and minor sons and daughters of green card holders) retrogressed (or moved backwards) by more than 10 months.  However, the First Preference (F-1, unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens) moved forward 10 days, and the Fourth Preference (F-4, petitions by brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens) moved forward by two weeks.  The rest of the family petitions did not move at all, as shown in the monthly Visa Bulletin for June 2006, released by the State Department.


The priority dates for employment-based petitions for “other” or unskilled workers became unavailable, meaning no visa will be issued for this category. However, the priority date for professionals and skilled workers moved forward by two 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) moved forward by 10 days, from August 22, 1991 to  September 1, 1991.


The Third Preference Category F-3 (married sons and daughters of United States citizens) did not move at all, and remained at July 1, 1988 (Note: There is now a difference of more than 3 years in the 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 two weeks, from October 15, 1983 to November 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 backwards by 10 months and one week, from March 1, 2002 to April 22, 2001.


The Second Preference, F-2B (unmarried sons and daughters, over 21 years of age, of green card holders), did not move, and remained at July 8, 1996.


Petitions by Employers:

The Third Preference (professionals and skilled workers) of Employment-Based Petitions (Labor Certification), moved forward by two months, from May 1, 2001 to July 1, 2001.  The Third Preference (non-skilled workers), became unavailable. When it becomes available, the priority date would most probably return to October 1, 2000. 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 June 2006 priority dates for the Philippines are as follows:


Priority Date:

First Preference

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

September 1, 1991

(In May 2006, the priority date was August 22, 1991.)


Second Preference

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

April 22, 2001

(In May 2006, the priority date was March 1, 2002.)



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

July 8, 1996

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


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