F2A to F2B Conversion (IV)

QUICK QUESTIONS

F2A and F2B visa categories are family-sponsored immigrant visa petitions that may be filed by a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Spouses and minor children of LPRs fall under the F2A visa category, while the adult unmarried sons and daughters (age 21 and over) of LPRs are classified in the F2B category.

Visa Category Conversion: When Does It Happen?

Visa category conversions happen when there are changes in certain personal circumstances of petitioners or beneficiaries.

F2A – F2B Conversion

When the minor child of an LPR petitioner turns 21 years old before his/her priority date becomes current for processing, in accordance with U.S. law, the original F2A visa petition is converted to the F2B visa category.  The original priority date is retained.  (The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) may apply in some cases.  For information on CSPA, please visit http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3228.html.)

For more information on CSPA, see our recent blog post.

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

29 thoughts on “F2A to F2B Conversion (IV)

  1. Why is it fee is required for Tourist Visa if the applicant was turn down even without justified interview? My sister has a petition and applied for tourist visa to visit my sick mother who is 96 years old.

    • Hi Narciso. The visa application fee is a non-refundable fee paid by visa applicants whether the application is approved or refused. It covers the costs associated with the processing of U.S. visa applications.

      We are sorry to hear that your mother is ill in the U.S. and understand your sister’s desire to visit her. However, consular officers are obligated to evaluate visa applications in accordance with strict U.S. immigration law and visa regulations. Applicants for visitor visas must have a good and legitimate reason to go to the United States as well as evidence of their ties to their home country. Ties are various aspects of one’s life that bind one to his/her country of residence, like one’s profession, employment, social and family relationships, and properties. All of these factors are considered in the process, and U.S. Immigration Law requires that the visa application be refused if these strong ties are not apparent. For more information on ties, please read our previous blog post here.

  2. Hi, I have a question. What steps should I take for me to visit my mom who is diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer in the US?

    • If you plan to visit a family member in the U.S. and stay there for a brief period of time, you may wish to apply for a nonimmigrant visa. Future inquiries regarding nonimmigrant visas (mainly visitor and tourist) may be sent to the Embassy’s Non-immigrant Visa Unit by email at consmanilaniv@state.gov.

  3. hi my mom claimed me 2 and half years ago as a LPR my priority date just arrived but is it true that i cant recieve a green card because i stayed in the country illegally? i was a minor when i can with my parents and im now 18 years old i couldnt stay out of the country without my parents.
    im an F2A

    • We are unable to make a determination on grounds of any ineligibility until the visa application is received and the case is adjudicated by a consular officer.

  4. I married my wife in the philippines back in November I meet her while i was stationed in South Korea. I am a US service member in the US ARMY. My orders took me back stateside and now I am at a loss as to how and what paper work I need to do to be able to get her and my step son here please point me in the right direction.

  5. The petitioner is an american citizen with an approved petition for an unmarried son in the philppines, and now she is given an option whether to stay on with the f2b preference category or change to f1 preference category on the pending petition. What would you advise her to do? Thank you in advance.

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

      Once an F2b petitioner becomes a United States citizen through naturalization, the F2B visa petition will be converted to the family-sponsored first preference immigrant visa category (F1), the adult, unmarried daughter of a U.S. citizen, 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 actually sooner for the F2B category than for the F1 category. Immigrant visa numbers in the F1 category are currently available only for those with priority dates earlier than July 1, 1997.

      Under Section 6 of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), an applicant (not the petitioner) can request an 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) office in Manila a written statement that he/she elected to have such conversion revoked. You may reach DHS/USCIS Manila by e-mail at mphinquiry.cis@dhs.gov regarding this matter.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      When the minor child of an LPR petitioner turns 21 years old before his/her priority date becomes current for processing, in accordance with U.S. law, the original F2A visa petition is converted to the F2B visa category. The original priority date is retained. The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) may apply in some cases. For information on CSPA, please visit http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3228.html

  6. hi
    i just want to ask if which document is needed is it the police clearance or a police certificate? my police clearance just expired last month and i dont have time to renew it, but i had my police certificate do you think it will be fine? thank you

    • Applicants aged 16 years and older must have a valid Record Clearance for Travel Abroad Purposes from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The NBI police clearance is sufficient if the applicant has not resided abroad.

      Immigrant visa applicants are required to present a police certificate from any place or places of residence (outside of the Philippines) for more than one year since attaining the age of 16.

      For specific instructions on how to obtain a police clearance for certain foreign country clearances, you may visit our website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/fees/fees_3272.html.

  7. hello sir,
    my file priority date for Usa is 29 march,2010 at that time i was under 21 year. my mother & father make my file but my birth date is 16 Sept,1991. so now i would like to know that for me that should i file the “CSPA” for my side.
    please help me out their. & how much time it will take to recive call letter for me from Usa.

    thanking you in advance.

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

      We request you to send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov clearly indicating your complete name and case number to enable us to respond to your case specific inquiry.

  8. Hi, I would like to ask. I just turned 21 last year december but before that, all my papers were already submitted to the NVC. I have the acknowledgement letter from them. I also sent them an email asking to expedite my VISA Application. My priority date is already up for processing within the next two months. My question is, will I still be included in the petition? I am originally under F2A but upon reading this post, I believe I already belong to the F2B category. What will happen when my priority date becomes current and what are the next steps I could undertake? Thank you very much!

    • 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.

  9. Hello Sir,
    My husband is an LPR since 2002 (he has been petitioned by his mom) and he hasn’t filed any petition yet for me since then for we have issues and family conflicts before. But on 2009 he went here in the Philippines and we reconciled. We planned to stay in CA and start a family there but we don’t know how and what to do or what kind of petition to file. Right now he is planning to apply for his naturalization but he is still waiting for his eligibility bacause he has been charged with domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend. Please help us Sir, I really want to start a family and have my husband back. Thank you so much and God bless you more sir.

    • U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents may file a petition for their spouse and children with the U.S. Citizenship and Immgiration Services (USCIS) office which has jurisdiction over their residence. Information regarding the requirements and procedures are available from the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis. The USCIS National Customer Service Center may also be contacted toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.

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

  10. Hi my mother she’s a US citizen and petition my bro the time he had interview to US embassy on his application he include all his 5 children 2 came with him 3 stay bec there still studying and also problem about money visa plus the plane ticket. So my bro died can the 3 kids can still come

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

  11. Hi good day ,,my mother file my petition under F2A when im 17 years old she was a green card holder, and approve in May 27 2005 im already 18 years old that time but my visa not came to us ,,and now she become u US citizen ,my question my F2A category remains if she US citizen because of CSPA ,please give an advice ,

    • 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 current contact numbers clearly indicated.

  12. Im gonna ask again a little question ,how many days to receive the agent a Form instruction of packages after the IV fee shown paid , in IV portal ,,i hope this little question might anwers on this , thanks and more powerful,,,

    • Hi Richard, 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 clearly indicated.

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