F2A Cutoff Date and Some Immigration Statistics

Thứ Tư, 14 Tháng Năm 201400:00(Xem: 19234)
F2A Cutoff Date and Some Immigration Statistics
The F2A category is for the spouse or unmarried, minor child of a Green Card holder. According to the Department of State Visa Bulletin, effective 01 June,

the F2A cutoff date will go backwards to 01 May 2012. This means that starting in June, F2A petitions that were filed after 01 May 2012 will have an additional waiting time.

This will not affect F2A cases that have been interviewed, approved and have received visas before 01 June. All other pending cases will have some increased waiting time.

If you filed an F2A petition before 01 May 2012 and your case has an interview date in June, will your relative still be interviewed and be able to get a visa? Yes.

If you filed a petition after 01 May 2012 and NVC has already given you an interview appointment for June, will your case still be eligible for interview and visa in June? No. NVC will send you a letter to tell you that your case will have to wait until the cutoff date moves up to your priority date.

F2A children who have a CSPA age under 21, and who have already submitted form DS260 or I-485 before the visa retrogressionwill not be affected. His or her 2A status is locked in. It does not matter when the visa becomes available again or how long it takes to complete the adjustment process.
NVC will not schedule the visa interview until the visa is available, and will suspend processing if the visa has retrogressed and is no longer current.

Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States

The U.S. immigrant population is almost 40.8 million, or 13 percent of the total U.S. population of 313.9 million. Mexican-born immigrants accounted for approximately 28 percent of the nearly 40.8 million foreign born in the United States, making them by far the largest immigrant group in the country. India was the second largest, closely followed by the China and the Philippines. El Salvador, Vietnam, Cuba, and Korea also were among the top ten countries of immigrants to the US.

In 1990, there were 543,000 Vietnamese immigrants in the US. By 2012, the number rose to 1,259,000. Unlike most of the foreign born from Asia, those from Vietnam came to the United States mainly as refugees and asylum seekers from the mid-1970s onward. Today, the United States is home to about 1.26 million Vietnamese immigrants, making them the fifth-largest immigrant group in the United States after Mexican, Filipino, Indian, and Chinese immigrants.

Over half of Vietnamese immigrants reside in California and Texas and nearly one-fifth reside in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Compared to the foreign born overall, the Vietnamese foreign born were less likely to hold a bachelor's degree but had much higher naturalization and homeownership rates. 

Over one-third of Vietnamese foreign born in the United States arrived in the 1990s. Over one-quarter of employed Vietnamese immigrant men worked in manufacturing, installation, and repair occupations. More than one-third of employed Vietnamese immigrant women worked in services.

Three in 10 Vietnamese immigrants lived in poverty in 2008, lower than among the foreign born overall, but Vietnamese immigrants were much more likely than other immigrants to own their own home.

California had the largest number of Vietnamese immigrants (469,341, or 41.2 percent of the Vietnamese-born population), followed by Texas, Florida, Washington, and Virginia. The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA, metropolitan area had the largest number of Vietnamese immigrants (220,261), followed by San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA, Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX, and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA.

In 2008, 69.5 percent of Vietnamese immigrants age 18 and older owned the home they lived in compared to 56.5 percent among all immigrants in that age group.

How many Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications were received in 2012 from Vietnamese children who arrived or remained in the US illegally? There is no number available for Vietnamese applicants. The top states of residence for DACA applicants are California, Texas, Illinois, New York, and Florida.

Q.1. Is it likely that there will be a Comprehensive Immigration Reform this year?
A.1. At this time, no one is expecting a Comprehensive reform. There are some efforts to find ways of benefitting the Latino community and H1-B workers, but no one is confident about changes in the law this year.

Q.2. If the cut off date for the F2A petitions moves backwards to 2012, what will happen to the petitions that were filed in 2013?
A.2. The cases of petitions filed in 2013 that were already interviewed and approved will not be affected. All of the other cases will have to wait till the cut off date moves up to their priority date.

Q.3. Is it too late for children to apply for DACA?
A.3. It’s not too late. The program continues. Children are eligible if they entered the United States before the age of 16, have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, and are currently in school, have graduated from high school or earned a GED.
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