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.