F2B Retention (IV)

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Dear Vizard,

My mother filed an F2B petition for me and my children on March 11, 2002, when she was still a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR/Greencard Holder).  While waiting for my priority date to become current, my mother became a naturalized U.S. citizen in July 2009.  Does that mean my visa category and my priority date will be changed?  How will this affect my waiting time?  If this will prolong my waiting time, is there a way to avoid these changes?  I hope you can advise me what to do next.

Thank you in advance.

Respectfully,

Ivee Megrante

 

Dear Ms. Megrante,

As you know, when your mother filed the visa petition for you in 2002 as the daughter of an LPR, it was under the F2B category.  However, when your mother naturalized in 2009, you were automatically re-categorized as the daughter of a United States citizen, under the F1 category. 

While your priority date of March 11, 2002, stayed the same, there are some countries where the priority date for F2B applicants is more current than for F1 applicants.  This is true for the Philippines, where visa numbers for F2B applicants become available sooner than for F1 applicants.  What this means for you is that when your mother became a U.S. citizen and your visa category was converted to F1, your wait for your priority date to become current for processing became longer.

However, there is a relief for you.  Under Section 6 of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), you can request the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to reclassify you back to the F2B category.  You may contact the USCIS office in Manila to inform them that you wish to “opt out” of the automatic conversion to F1 and remain in the F2B category.  

Unfortunately, the application of this opt-out provision is not automatic.  USCIS would have to approve your request so you may be reclassified back to your F2B category.  If your visa petition is still with the National Visa Center (NVC), you will have to provide a copy of the approval to NVC to update your records. 

Sincerely,

Vizard

85 thoughts on “F2B Retention (IV)

  1. Greetings!

    When my father became a US citizen in 1992, he filed a petition for me and my family.The family-based petition FORM 1-130 was approved and I was given a case number. Unfortunately, my father died before my priority date become current.

    My mother still lives in the US, but unable to file for the continuation of my petition. It has been 19 long years since the petition was approved, I would like to know if I am still qualified. If so, is there any hope for my son, who was a minor then, but now a 32 year old adult but still single, be included as one of my derivative beneficiaries? What about my 19 year old daughter?

    I shall sincerely appreciate hearing from you soon.

    Thank you.

    Raquel

    • Unfortunately, the death of the petitioner before the beneficiary’s admission to the United States results in the automatic revocation of the petition and the loss of the beneficiary’s priority date obtained on the basis of that petition. You should submit a copy of the petitioner’s death certificate to the National Visa Center to enable them to update their records of the case. The NVC mailing address is 31 Rochester Ave. Suite 100, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2914 (Attn: CMR). Public inquiries can also be sent by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov. NVC’s telephone number is (603) 334-0700.
      The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may, for humanitarian reasons, revalidate the approval of a petition despite the petitioner’s death. Your representative in the U.S. may wish to contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.
      We understand that your children have turned 21 years old. Under U.S. immigration law, when a derivative beneficiary marries or turns 21 years old, any immigration benefits as a “child” terminate.

  2. Hi. I have the same situation. My mom filed a petition f2b while her status is LPR. recently, i got married and my mom became a US citizen. I already emailed my birth certificate, marriage certificate as well as my sons birth certificate. My mom already sent a letter to USCIS regarding the change of petition, from f2b to f3.

    Would like to ask, will my priority date still be the same? Or i will start from scratch again, meaning, USCIS will still decide whether I my petition will be accepted? Thank you in advance!

    • If qualified, your F2B visa petition will be converted to the F3 (the married daughter of a U.S. citizen) visa category, retaining the same priority date.

  3. Good day!!! Can I ask what’s your email add in U.S embassy I have questions to ask about our petitions . Thank you God bless!!

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog. For specific questions related to your case, please send an e-mail to IVManilaReplies@state.gov, or you may call the Immigrant Visa Unit’s inquiry line at 301-2000, extension 5184 or 5185.

  4. gooday!!!!! my mom is filed an immigrant petition to my sister and me we are over age but not married how many years will wait for the petition…..
    Thank’s and god bless!!!!!!

    • U.S. immigration law requires that immigrant visa numbers be made available strictly in order of priority date.

      There is no way we can reliably predict the movement of the cutoff dates, which can advance, remain at a standstill, regress or even become completely unavailable from month to month.

      Applicants or the petitioner may visit the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html for information on the movement of priority dates and visa availability.

      • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

        There is no way we can reliably predict the movement of the cutoff dates, which can advance, remain at a standstill, regress or even become completely unavailable from month to month.

        You may wish to visit the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html for information on the movement of priority dates and visa availability.
        For information on non-immigrant visas (mainly visitor and tourist), we suggest you contact the Embassy’s Non-Immigrant Visa Unit by email at consmanilaniv@state.gov.

      • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
        There is no way we can reliably predict the movement of the cutoff dates which can advance, stop, regress or even become completely unavailable from month to month. To keep abreast on the movement of the priority dates cutoff and visa availability, you may visit the web site at http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html.

      • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
        There is no way we can reliably predict the movement of the cutoff dates which can advance, stop, regress or even become completely unavailable from month to month. To keep abreast on the movement of the priority dates cutoff and visa availability, you may visit the web site at http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html.

  5. My sister filed petition for my parents in 2004,that time I was 20. My parents got green card in 2006 that time I was aged out as I was 22 then. Now as per lawyer’s advice they filed petition for me in April,2006, which is F2B, and I received approval letter with April, 2006 priority date..

    1. Would I get any benefit under Child Status protection Act.
    2. Can I get early priority date as of my parents’ priority date..

    I am in USA on F1…

    • We understand that your parents were petitioned by your sister. This would place them under the immediate relative immigrant visa category (IR5), the parent of a U.S. citizen.

      U.S. immigration law does not accord derivative status for family members of immediate relatives and therefore you are not eligible to derive immigration status from your parents’ visa petitions and consequently not eligible for the age-out relief under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA).

      We understand that a visa petition as the adult, unmarried daughter of a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) – F2B) had been filed on your behalf. CSPA does not also apply in this case.

      You inquired whether you may acquire the priority date of your parents’ immigrant visa petitions. The priority date is generally established in majority of family-sponsored cases when an immigrant visa petition is properly filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The USCIS exercises sole authority in assigning the priority date of an approved petition. For further inquiries regarding the matter you may wish to contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center (USCIS- NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283.

  6. Dear sir, pls when would my priority date become current? My priority date is june 2011, category-f2b unmarried sons and daughters of perm. res. Nigeria. Thanks

    • Currently the State Department is processing F2B visas for Nigerian nationals with priority dates of October 15, 2003, or earlier. There is no way we can reliably predict the movement of priority dates, which can advance, stand still, or even retrogress from month to month. Please continue to monitor the Visa Bulletin to see the movement of priority dates: http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html

  7. Dear sir, my mother is us citizen filed my petition and was approved under category F1 dated Dec. 18, 2008. The priority date is Nov. 15, 2004 in the said letter. Im single. My question is i have a daughter 5 months older and i want to include her in my petition? thanks in advance..

    • In order for the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) to determine your daughter’s entitlement to derivative status, you should send NVC a copy of her birth certificate.The NVC mailing address is 32 Rochester Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801-2909. NVC’s telephone number (603) 334-0700. Public inquiries can also be sent by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov.

  8. Hello, I have a question regarding adjustment of status, one of my siblings are on a student visa and i was advised not to sponsor them because it would be under a fourth preference category and i was told its better for them to stay on a student visa instead. I was wandering if my father who is a permanent resident would be able to sponsor my sibling who is on the student visa for them to adjust their status to becoming a green card holder. I know its possible for my father to sponsor my sibling but what i want to know is how does this priority date stuff work? Will he have to file the I-140 first and then get that approved and then file the adjustment of status and what if his priority date doesn’t get approved? will he have to leave the country then or just wait till it gets approved? Please give me some advice on this very confusing issue

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has sole authority over the processing and approval of adjustment of status applications. Inquiries regarding the requirements and procedures should be directed to that agency.

      Further, aliens intending to work or live permanently in the United States must have a relative, fiancé(e) or potential employer file a visa petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office on their behalf.

      The USCIS must first approve the visa petition before an immigrant application can be considered. For detailed information regarding immigrant visa petitions, you may visit the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov

  9. I was already interviewed last march 16, now the consul told me to retain my f2b visa, i went to w25 and tol me to submit the required documents with the opt out for them to process my request of retaining my f2b.

    here my question

    how long it will take for them to approve my request for retain of f2b?
    after approval what will happen?
    are there instance that they denied the f2b retainment?

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      F2B visa category retention requests should be directed to the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) office in Manila. The DHS/USCIS can be reached by fax at (632) 301-2208 (Attention: Field Office Director, Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). DHS/USCIS Manila may be also be contacted by e-mail at mphinquiry.cis@dhs.gov

  10. good day sir ,mam .my mother filed my petition. f2b.when she was an immigrant visa .but now my mom is an u.s.citizen.but i receive my approval what will happen?are there instance that they denied my petition f2b.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      In F2B cases, when the LPR petitioner naturalizes, this results in the mandatory visa reclassification of the petition. The F2B visa petition will be converted to the F1 visa category, retaining the same priority date.
      However, because of unique circumstances, in the Philippines the waiting period for the F1 category is longer than the F2B category.
      Under Section 6 of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), the applicant can request exemption from the automatic conversion of the visa category from F2B to F1 by submitting to the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) a written statement that he elects to have such conversion revoked.
      You may wish to contact that agency directly by fax at (632) 301-2208 (Attention: Field Office Director) or by e-mail at mphinquiry.cis@dhs.gov.

  11. My mom filed a petition for my sister in 2004. Recently, she became a us citizen and so my sisters was converted from f2b to f1. My parents wrote to the nvc and received approval that my sister can apply for re-conversion back to f2b visa by sending a request to the uscis in manila. However, my sister got denied of the re-conversion. Why is this? And is it possible to file again for re- convesion from f1 to f2b? My sisters priority date is july 2004. thank you.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      The Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) has sole authority over the processing and approval of F2B retention requests.

      F2B visa category retention requests and review should be directed to the DHS/USCIS office in Manila. DHS/USCIS can be reached by fax at (632) 301-2208 (Attention: Field Office Director, Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). DHS/USCIS Manila may be also be contacted by e-mail at mphinquiry.cis@dhs.gov

    • Thank you for your interest in the ViSAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your visa case, please send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with your complete name, date and place of birth, and the 10-digit visa case number.

  12. Hello, my father has been a citizen of U.S for more than twenty years now and recently file an I130 petition when I was 23 years in November 2010. My petition was denied at first on the basis that my father did not submit enough evidence and so they gave us certain things they need before they can work on the filing petition and they gave us a deadline for submition. My Dad made me do only the DNA which he said was the only concrete evidence. My Dad traveled to Ghana before the letter came and was mailed the letter by his brother in the states. So he had to quickly go back and have his DNA there because they said it can only be done at a AABB accredited laboratory or hospital. The left was very little but he managed to go and hav his and I was called to come and have my DNA at the GHANA embassy. By the time the USCIS received the results the deadline they gave us had long passed so they denied me for the second time. My father then took a lawyer and she objected the denial and gave reasons and proved why I should be approved. The lawyer sent an affidavit from concrete relatives and even my mother, I took early chilhood records from my beginning school and so many others. The USCIS reopened the case and on the 13th of february this year they approved and sent my father the approval letter. They said they will send everything to the NVC and they will write my father that they have received it and tell us when will be given a visa. So please I want to know which visa category I am in and when is my priority date? Because the laywer was saying something like because of my country of birth which is Ghana and also my father is a citizen and the reason why he proved them wrong before wrong will make them give me an earlier priority date? Also its being more than three months after my approval and the nvc has not sent any letter about any waiting list. Please tell me could it happen that I will be given an earlier priority date? Please reply thank you

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog. You may check the status of your case by sending an email to NVC at NVCInquiry@state.gov. NVC’s telephone number is (603) 334-0700.

  13. Please can it happen that the nvc can issue a person an earlier priority date other than the one published on the visa bullet in? I am in the F1 category and my country is Ghana.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      The “priority date” of an immigrant visa petition in any one of the preference categories (e.g., F3, F1, F2B, etc.) is used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State in determining the placement of a beneficiary who is seeking an immigrant visa or adjustment of status in a numerically-controlled classification. Accordingly, the consideration taken to schedule immigrant visa interviews must be the chronological order of the priority dates of all applicants within each of the preference classifications.

      The State Department’s Visa Office (VO) is responsible in controlling and allocating visa numbers for all numerically-limited immigrant visa classes. Every month, the VO publishes a Visa Bulletin listing the availability of visa numbers (also referred to as “quota numbers”) by preference category and country of birth. An applicant’s priority date must be before the date listed in the Visa Bulletin or “current” (C) to qualify for visa issuance or adjustment of status approval.

      For further inquiries regarding your case you may contact the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana by email at IVDVACCRA@state.gov.

  14. Dear Sir/Madam,
    My name is Fredua Mensah Junior and I am an applicant with my case number: EAC1190045199. My petitioner is my father and his name is Punni – Mensah. My I130 filing petition was approved on the 13th of February, 2012 and USCIS sent my file to the NVC. USCIS said the NVC will contact us after three weeks and inform us whether there is a visa allocation immediately for us or whether we are going to wait a while. The NVC did not send me a letter telling us to wait which means that there can be a visa number allocated for me.Please I want to know about the visa allocation for me and when the NVC will contact me to start my visa processes with DS -230 application. So please I want your division to check and update me on any possiblity for me to acquire a visa and inform me whether or not a visa is available for me and when? My country of eligibility is Ghana. Thank you and counting on your reply.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      We understand that your case is with the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC). Please direct your inquiries to NVC at 31 Rochester Ave., Suite 200, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2915 (Attn: WC). Forms, documents, and photographs should be sent to: 31 Rochester Ave. Suite 100, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2914 (Attn: CMR). Public inquiries can also be sent by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov. NVC’s telephone number is (603) 334-0700.

      Since your case is not under our jurisdiction, you may also contact the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana by email at IVDVACCRA@state.gov. You may also review the monthly visa bulletin to get a better sense of processing times for your petition if it falls under a numerically limited petition category: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5692.html

  15. Dear Sir/Madam,

    My parents will get green card soon, and they plan to file F2B for me. After that, if I get married, then my parents become naturalized citizens, can I convert my F2B to F3 with the original priority date, or do I have to file F3 and start from scratch?

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      F2B visa category is a family-sponsored immigrant visa petition filed by a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). Specifically, adult unmarried sons and daughters (age 21 and over) of LPRs are classified in this category. While the F3 visa category is for the married sons and daughters of a U.S. citizen.

      When a petitioner becomes a U.S. citizen through naturalization this will result in the mandatory visa category reclassification, from F2B to F1. However, please note that if an F2B applicant marries prior to the petitioner’s naturalization this will result to the automatic revocation of the petition.

      Visa Category Conversion: When Does It Happen?
      Visa category conversions happen when there are changes in certain personal circumstances of petitioners or beneficiaries.

      For more information on visa category conversion, see our posts “F1 to F3 Conversion,” “F2B to F1 Conversion,” and “F2A to IR1/IR2 Conversion.”

  16. i just want to ask when will priority dates under the f2b category moves? it has been 3 months now that the priority date you are currently giving a visa is December 08, 2001, when will this move? I’m glad to hear from you regarding my query, thanks a lot!

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      There is no way we can reliably predict the movement of the cutoff dates, which can advance, remain at a standstill, regress or even become completely unavailable from month to month.

      To keep abreast on the movement of priority dates and visa availability, you may visit the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html.

  17. My mom petitioned me when she was still LPR and I was classified under F2b, my priority date is Aug 2010. She was already naturalized this year and I understand that I would need to make a request to revoke the upgrade of my status from F2b to F1. I have two kids ages 5 and 11 yrs old and I am not sure if my mom have declared them during the filing of my petition. If so ever that my request to retain my F2b status is granted how could I make them as my derivative beneficiaries?
    Thank you,
    Joy/ Philippines

    • Written inquiries, changes of address or in the personal circumstances of the applicant/petitioner should be sent and reported to NVC at 31 Rochester Ave., Suite 200, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2915 (Attn: WC). Forms, documents, and photographs should be sent to: 31 Rochester Ave. Suite 100, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2914 (Attn: CMR). Public inquiries can also be sent by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov. NVC’s telephone number is (603) 334-0700.

      In the meantime, you or the petitioner may visit the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html for information on the movement of priority dates and visa availability.

  18. Hi VISAtisfied Voyager

    I Just wanna ask how long will it takes for my passport(visa) to arrive?
    I undergo DNA testing last june 6 2012 with my mother, she got the result a week after my Buccal swab was taken, and ofcourse its positive(99.9%) i leave my passport there(US Embassy) now im wondering and waiting when, visa type F2A all papers/documents are already sent.

    Thank you and Godbless!

    • Thank you for your interest in VISAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your visa case, please send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov, with your complete name, case number and current contact information clearly indicated.

    • Abdu, it sounds like you are applying for a visa in Bangladesh. Please contact the U.S. Embassy there with any questions about your case status. VISAtisfied Voyager is the visa blog of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines.

  19. Hi.
    Sir,

    My grandmother applied for immigrant visa for my mother,and her children in 2006, now on july 2012″ the case has been forwarded to NVC and we recived a letter ,and now our case is CURRENT, category is F2B,
    My question is. Me and my brother are over 21yrs, are there any chances that me and my brother get the immigration ? We both are unmarried, and the letter was on my mother’s name, and what does beneficiary i.d number means? Is it about the applicant’s children

    Waiting the answers from you,

    Thank you,,

    • The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) may provide relief to certain applicants who aged out. The eligibility of an applicant for age-out relief under the CSPA may be determined only at the time a visa application is adjudicated by a consular officer.

      For additional information about the CSPA and how it may apply in this case, you or the applicant may wish to visit the Embassy’s website at http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3228.html.

  20. hi
    my f2b case was approved and sent to nvc,the problem i was faced is i was married and have son after this petition was filed,and now my wife want to divorce me.it is a little complicated…what shall i do inorder to get my visa.they have asked me to process further myself or by an agent.please help.

  21. Hi… Good Day to you! My mother petitioned me on May 2004… i’m at f2b category. I gave birth year 2000… Can my daughter come with me if my visa is granted?

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.

      You should contact the NVC and submit a copy of your daughter’s birth certificate issued on security paper by the NSO for them to update their records of the case and register your daughter as your derivative beneficiary.

  22. Hello, my grandma filed a petition for my mom with F2b category when my grandma still a permanent resident that time, I was also be included in this petition as derivative beneficiary when I was under 18 year-old.

    Now I’m over 21 but still within the CSPA’s age-out protection, and the petitioner-my grandma will become a US citizen, that means our case can be covert to F1 category, if so, will this covering affect my derivative beneficiary status as minor children and CSPA’s age-out protection? or I cannot be covered like my mom if our case change to F1? Or nothing change, I just need to waiting for the VISA number?

    Thank you very much!

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) may provide relief to certain applicants who have aged out. However, the eligibility for age-out relief under the CSPA may be determined only at the time a visa application is adjudicated by a consular officer.
      For additional information about the CSPA and how it may apply in this case, you may wish to visit the Embassy’s website at http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3228.html.
      F2B visa category is a family-sponsored immigrant visa petition filed by a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). Specifically, adult unmarried sons and daughters (age 21 and over) of LPRs are classified in this category. When a petitioner becomes a U.S. citizen through naturalization this will result in the mandatory visa category reclassification, from F2B to F1.
      Visa Category Conversion: When Does It Happen?
      Visa category conversions happen when there are changes in certain personal circumstances of petitioners or beneficiaries.
      For more information on visa category conversion, see our posts “F1 to F3 Conversion,” “F2B to F1 Conversion,” and “F2A to IR1/IR2 Conversion.”

  23. Sir,i m an applicant for f2b cetagory from Bangladesh.My priority date have been curruent since 4 months.But i didn’t get any call from mbc for anything.Would you please tell me how much time it will take for get my visa.I will be higly pleased if you help me.Thank you for your response.

  24. My couzin interviewed last January 15 this year, now the consul told me to retain my f2b visa, i went to w25 and tol me to submit the required documents with the opt out for them to process my request of retaining my f2b.

    here my question

    how long it will take for them to approve my request for retain of f2b?
    after approval what will happen?
    are there instance that they denied the f2b retainment?

    • Because the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immgiration Services (DHS/USCIS) is a separate agency, we are unable to determine how long it may take to process you request to opt out of the automatic visa category conversion.
      The USCIS office at Embassy Manila may also be contacted regarding this matter. The USCIS office (Window 25) is open for public inquiries on any workday between 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Future inquiries regarding this matter may also be directed to USCIS Manila by fax at (632) 301-2208 (Attention: Field Office Director) or by email at mphinquiry.cis@dhs.gov.

      • good day! I had my medical exam and Interviewed last February 26, 2013. And my F2B retention was just approved March 15, 2013. what happen next? How long for them to process my visa?

        • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog. For specific questions related to your case, please send an e-mail to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with your complete name and case number clearly indicated. Or you may call the Immigrant Visa Unit’s inquiry line at 301-2000, extension 5184 or 5185 during regular business hours.

  25. my dad who is LPR filled a petition to my brother who is over 21 years old single with now 1 year old daughter… MY dad is thinking of becoming naturalized citizen …. can my brother retain the priority date? how can my brother inform about his daughter .. by the time my dad filed the petition the daughter is not born yet. can my brother inform now that he has a daughter or soon when visa is available?

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.

      Once the petitioner becomes a naturalized U.S. citizen, the applicant’s petition in the F2B category will be converted to the family-sponsored first preference immigrant visa category (F1), retaining the same priority date.

      Despite the nominally higher preference category, Philippine-born F1 beneficiaries are presently at a disadvantage compared to F2B beneficiaries because the visa availability date is more current for the F2B category than for the F1 category. Unfortunately, the mandatory conversion from F2B to F1 has caused some applicants to wait longer to immigrate than would have been the case had the petitioners not naturalized. Immigrant visa numbers in the F1 category are currently available only for those with priority dates earlier than October 15, 1998.

      For derivative registration, the applicant should submit a copy of his daughter’s birth certificate to NVC.

  26. we were asked to bring documents for retention so today we brought copy of naturalization, retention request letter and cenomar but the only thing we didn’t bring is the i-797c cause i think we misplaced it or something but the girl on window25 asked for any letter from nvc so we hand a letter from long time ago and its not i-797c. will this this delay us more? what will happen after we get approval or denied? cause im worried and we’re running out of time, our medical exam will expire on april. please reply asap. thanks

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.

      The DHS/USCIS has sole approval over F2B retention applications. You may wish to contact DHS/USCIS by e-mail at MPHinquiry.Cis@dhs.gov regarding the matter. The Immigrant Visa Unit will resume processing your case once the requested documentation is received.

  27. Im bob and my case is f2b and my priority date is aug.2003..ill already complete my requiremernt like ds 230..the nbc advice,e to wait for the schedule of interview..my question is when it set my interview and medical?

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      If your priority date is current for processing and your case becomes documentarily qualified, we believe the waiting time for an
      interview schedule is approximately 2 to 3 months from the date the case is documentarily qualified. The NVC will send you and the petitioner an appointment letter and will subsequently forward the case to Embassy Manila once an interview slot becomes available for you.

      Public inquiries can be sent by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov. NVC’s telephone number is (603) 334-0700.

  28. Good day..i.check the bulletin and found out that the priority date here for fnb philippines is july 15 2002..my priority date is Aug 2003..how long it will take to be current to my proirity date?do i need to contact time to time the nvc for inquiry?t
    Thanks you so much for the information that you given to us..its a great relief for a long wait for our petition..God bless

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      Philippine F2B immigrant visa numbers are currently available only for applicants with priority dates before July 15, 2002. Unfortunately there is no way we can reliably predict the movement of the cutoff dates. When the demand for immigrant visas exceeds the annual per-country limitation, the cutoff dates may advance slowly, remain at a standstill, regress or even become completely unavailable from month to month.
      Understandably, all applicants wish to obtain an immigrant visa as soon as possible. However, there is no provision within the law that would allow the numerical limitation to be waived in any individual’s case, regardless of the circumstances.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      The movement of priority dates, can advance, stop, or even regress from month to month due to changes in the statutorily mandated availability of visa numbers in a specific visa category.
      U.S. immigration law requires that immigrant visa numbers be made available strictly in order of priority date. There is no provision within the law that would allow the numerical limitation to be waived in any individual’s case, regardless of the circumstances.

      There is no way we can reliably predict the movement of priority dates. We can only suggest that you check the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_4328.html, for information on the movement of priority dates and visa availability. Information on the website is updated in the middle of each month.
      We hope this information will be helpful to you.

  29. My mother is currently LPR of USA.I am now 25 years old.I am unmarried.If my mother apply for my immigration (F2B) category.How long does it take to process my application? That means now 2013 she is applying.When I will get chance for interview for immigration.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      As the USCIS is a separate agency that has sole authority over visa petition approvals, we cannot state with any accuracy how long it may take for them to adjudicate a visa petition. After the petition has been approved, the USCIS will send the case to the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) for pre-processing. NVC will then forward the approved petition to Embassy Manila where you will apply for the F2B immigrant visa.

      You or the petitioner may check on the status of the petition online at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard.do using the 13-character application receipt number found on the application notice received from USCIS. The petitioner may also contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 to ascertain the status of the petition.

      You may also visit the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html for information on the movement of priority dates and visa availability.

  30. Good day, my mother is currently an LPR also filed for F2-B for me & my siblings and she’s planning to apply to be a USC. My question is do we send the request for retention of our PD’s as F2-B concurrently upon her filing for the citizenship or do we send it when she becomes a USC? Thank you.

    • Jo, you may wish to contact the nearest U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office having jurisdiction over your place of residence regarding your concern. You may also contact them at USCIS National Customer Service Center toll free at 1-800-375-5283.

  31. Good day. My partner was in F2b category and his waiting for his interview already. We’re just wondering if we can get married after he will get his visa and before Entering US? Will he have a problem when he will request his green card? Can he apply for my petition immediately after getting his green card? Thank you.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      Please note that at this time there is no immigrant visa category for married sons or daughters of U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders). In other words, if you marry before your petitioning parent becomes a U.S. citizen, you will no longer be eligible for an immigrant visa under the F2b category. However, if your petitioning parent becomes a U.S. citizen prior to your marriage, your case will automatically be converted to the F1 category, or adult unmarried sons and daughters of a U.S. citizen. At that time, you are free to marry without jeopardizing your immigrant petition, as your case can be converted to the F3 category (married sons and daughters of an American citizen) upon marriage.

  32. Hello, sir!
    My mother was a legal permanent resident when she petioned for me under f2b visa catagory. And I got a letter from nvc stating my priority date and case numbein. However, in the meantime, when she was processing for naturalization they found out that her legal permanent residence has a problem in the first place. Following that my mother went through some adjutments and her legal permanent residence status is changed to conditional which she has to apply for the removal of the conditional status before the two years expiry date. My question is, does the changes in her status can affect my priority date or case in general? Thanks for your time!

    • The Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) has sole authority over lawful permanent resident status, citizenship issues, and visa category retention. The petitioner may wish to contact the nearets USCIS office whcih has jurisdiction over her residence or the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.

  33. Hi,
    My mother is a principal applicant for F2B visa filed by her mother(i,e.my grandmother) yesterday we recived an email about her interview scheduled on september 16th 2013.
    My mother has 2 sons,we were under 18 years at the time of petition of F2B visa. But now we are well above 21yrs.
    Do we come under derivative beneficiary under CSPA act?
    I contacted us consulate in india,they told me that the applicant can bring her children along with her at the time of the interview with all the documents.
    I calculated my Age according to CSPA act and the my CSPA Age is 17years.
    Can you tell me,wheather me and my brother will get a visa approval at the time of interview?
    Will they apply CSPA act on derivative beneficiary?

    Reply in plain/simple language according to my case situation, will be easliy undstood if you do so, because CSPA is very complex, .

    Thank you

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager. If your mother will be interviewed in India, she should contact the consulate in the said country regarding your concerns. If her case will be adjudicated at Embassy Manila, she may send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with her complete name and the petitioner’s, their date and place of birth, and the 10-digit visa case number clearly indicated.

  34. Hello sir/madam,
    I am Rahul from Bangladesh. I just want to know how long does the F2B Take to became current for Bangladesh.? EX: if my priority date is september 2012 than how long I have to wait.? I already received a letter from NVC on january 2012 and it says that NVC will keep my application until my priority date became current. Would you please let me know the approximate waiting time for F2B category in bangladesh?? Thank you for your kind response…….

  35. Good Day, I just would like to ask about filing for F2B retention.Do we have to hand in our documents in person at the US Embassy Manila or is it possible to send it via Fax or courier service? Thank you.

    • Under Section 6 of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), the applicants (not the petitioner) can request exemption from the automatic conversion of the visa category from F2B to F1 by submitting to the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) a written statement that they elect to have such conversion revoked.

      The applicants may pursue this matter directly with DHS/USCIS at Embassy Manila if they believe that they may qualify under CSPA Section 6.

      The applicants may wish to contact DHS/USCIS Manila by fax at (632) 301-2208 (Attention: Officer-in-Charge, Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) or in writing: Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS), U.S. Embassy, Roxas Boulevard, Manila, regarding this matter. Inquiries can also be made by e-mail at MPHInquiry.Cis@dhs.gov.

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