Department of State Warns of Retrogression for F2A Cutoff Dates

December 31, 2013

The  American Immigration Lawyers Association was recently informed by the State Department that, due to high demand, F2A cutoff dates are likely to retrogress across all regions sometime in 2014, with retrogression coming soon for Mexico. From AILA:

“Due to the demand of F2A visas by Mexican nationals, the Mexico F2A visa preference category is expected to retrogress in the spring of FY2014. If the return rate for this visa category decreases, the retrogression may come sooner than spring of FY2014. There is a 50% return rate worldwide for F2A visas which may be due to the fact that some applicants will convert to Immediate Relative visas in order to take advantage of the Provisional Waiver Program or some marriages may terminate before the visa is available. DOS also anticipates that the F2A worldwide visa preference category will retrogress by the last quarter of FY2014. DOS will include visa retrogression predictions in future visa bulletins.” Source: “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 13121951 (posted Dec. 19, 2013)”

We will continue to provide monthly updates when the Department of State releases a new visa bulletin, but if you have questions about how this might affect your case, please feel free to contact us or request a consultation.


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