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What is Visa Bulletin All About?

Welcome to VisaBulletin.US

This site is a supplement to the visa bulletin published by the State Department on a monthly basis. It was created to assist the prospective immigrants in the tracking of the processing of a Preference Petition. A preference Petition is simple one type of application that falls under the Preference Category of the Immigration & Nationality Act. It encompasses not only family related cases but those applying though a Job Offer. You can learn more about this by clicking the links above.

The Problem with the visa bulletin

The monthly visa bulletin provides the cutoff date for the various applications for a green card. In other words if , lets say, your U.S. citizen mother filed for you and you are over 21, the process can take many years. In order for you to know when it's time for you to complete the last stage of the process, you must follow the visa bulletin every month. This is not only tedious and an absurd waste of of time, but in many cases dangerous. Many applicants for a Green Card, do not follow the visa bulletin properly and without realizing it, the priority may have passed years ago. This causes a needless additional delay in receiving the Green Card.

In order to make this process manageable, visabulletin.us, automatically searches for the monthly update and compares it to the priority date of registered users, and sends the user an email, in order that a proper estimate of the time left in your process can be determined. Once you are within 60 days of being current you will receive an email notice explaining how to proceed to complete your Green Card application.

Overview And Classification

A foreign national may permanently immigrate to the United States (receive a 'green card') if he or she fulfills certain conditions. The complexity in this this type of immigration varies by the skill and experience and education of the intending immigrant as well as from what country that person will immigrate.

Each country has their own quota.

Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets an annual minimum family-sponsored preference limit of 226,000. The worldwide level for annual employment-based preference immigrants is at least 140,000. Section 202 prescribes that the per-country limit for preference immigrants is set at 7% of the total annual family-sponsored and employment-based preference limits, i.e., 25,620. The dependent area limit is set at 2%, or 7,320.

When you file a preference petition with the Immigration & Naturalization Service or apply to the Department of Labor, you get assigned a Preference Category and a Priority Date. You Priority Date is your number on the line. If your Priority Date is not current, you go to the end of the line. As time passes you get closer to the front of the line. When your Priority Date is current, you will be at the front of the line and ready to complete the processing of your case. As a registed user of visabulletin.com, you will be notified when your priority date becomes current in the State Department's visa bulletin.


What Are The Preference Categories ?

What the law says:

Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets an annual minimum family-sponsored preference limit of 226,000. The worldwide level for annual employment-based preference immigrants is at least 140,000. Section 202 prescribes that the per-country limit for preference immigrants is set at 7% of the total annual family-sponsored and employment-based preference limits, i.e., 25,620. The dependent area limit is set at 2%, or 7,320. When you file a preference petition with the Immigration & Naturalization Service or apply to the Department of Labor, you get assigned a Preference Category and a Priority Date. You Priority Date is your number on the line. If your Priority Date is not current, you go to the end of the line. As time passes you get closer to the front of the line. When your Priority Date is current, you will be at the front of the line and ready to complete the processing of your case.

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