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This Video will answer the top three frequent asked questions by previous clients, which are “What is the visa waiting list?”, “Why there is a preference category?” and “What is the current cut-off date for my visa category in my country?”
I. What is the visa waiting list?
The visa waiting list refers to those cases where the petition from the U.S. sponsor has been approved, but they still cannot proceed with processing because of statutory limits on the total number of visas and the per-country limits. According to the U.S. Department of State, the annual family sponsored preference categories are limited to 226,000 (Note: this excludes spouses, parents, and minor children of U.S. Citizens, who are the highest priority for immigration and are exempt from immigration caps). It is required by the Immigration and Naturalization Act that family sponsored visas be granted in the order that the eligible potential immigrants applied.
The length of time you must wait in line before receiving an immigrant visa or adjusting status depends on: 1) the demand for and supply of immigrant visa numbers; 2) the per country visa limitations; and 3) the number of visas allocated for your particular preference category. It is the policy concern based on a set of priorities for deciding who would be granted a visa.
Read more here: http://www.visalawyerblog.com/2013/02/priority_dates_how_visa_wait_t.html