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THE MARCH 2012 PRIORITY DATES
By Michael J. Gurfinkel, Esq.

Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month, for the various family and employment based categories. This means that visas (or green cards) would now be available for persons whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below. If your priority date was "current", but later retrogressed (or became "unavailable") before your immigrant visa was issued (or before you adjusted status in the U.S.), you would have to wait until it becomes current again.

The March 2012 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)
June 22, 1997
(In February 2012, the priority date was May 22, 1997.)
Second Preference (2A) Spouse and minor children (below 21 years old) of green card holder July 22, 2009
(In February 2012, the priority date was June 8, 2009.)
  (2B) Unmarried sons and daughters (over 21 years old) of green card holder December 8, 2001
(In February 2012, the priority date was November 1, 2001.)
Third Preference Married sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens July 22, 1992
(In February 2012, the priority date was the same.)
Fourth Preference Brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens. December 22, 1988
(In February 2012, the priority date was November 1, 1988.)


LABOR CERTIFICATION:  
Third Preference Professional/Skilled Workers March 15, 2006
(In February 2012, the priority date was February 22, 2006.)
Other workers Non-Skilled Workers March 15, 2006
(In February 2012, the priority date was February 22, 2006.)


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