F1 to F3 Conversion (IV)

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F1 and F3 visa categories are family-sponsored immigrant visa petitions that may be filed by a U.S. Citizen.  An F1 visa petition is filed for unmarried sons and daughters, while an F3 petition is for married sons and daughters.

Visa Category Conversion: When Does It Happen?

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

F1 – F3 Conversion

When the beneficiary who is being petitioned under the F1 visa category marries, the original F1 petition will be converted to the F3 visa category, also retaining the same priority date.  If the beneficiary subsequently terminates that marriage, the petition will be reclassified to the F1 category. 

See our blog posts on “F2A to IR1/IR2 Conversion” and “F2B to F1 Conversion” for more information on visa category conversion.

 

110 thoughts on “F1 to F3 Conversion (IV)

  1. Good afternoon,

    We are F3 category, we field in year 1993 and I’m just 5 years old. August 2010 we receive a letter from US Embassy, my father and my mother was in process and me and my sister was not in the list. I’m 23 years old now it means I’m overage and I’m still single. What can I do to process my paper so I could get along with my parent prepossessing?? How long it could take for processing our visa??

    Thank you.

    • We understand that you have aged out (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. The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) may provide relief to certain applicants who have aged out. However, 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 to your case, you may wish to visit the Embassy’s website at http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3228.html. Please also read our blog post about the CSPA at http://blogs.usembassy.gov/philippines/?p=363.

        • 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. Currently, immigrant visa numbers in the F3 immigrant visa category are available only for those Philippine-born F3 applicants with priority dates before July 22, 1992.

          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.

  2. hello my mother is u.s. citizen and she want to petistion me and im already married how long it takes to process the documents? pls help. thanks a lot & god bless!

  3. What happens if the F1 visa filed by an immigrant(becomes a U.S. citizen) and the beneficiary who is being petitioned under the F1 visa category marries?will it also retains the same priority date?

    • If the immigrant became a U.S. citizen before the beneficiary got married, the F2B petition (unmarried son or daughter of an LPR) will convert to an F1 (unmarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizen) and then to an F3 (married son or daughter of a U.S. citizen), always maintaining the same priority date. If the beneficiary got married BEFORE the immigrant became a U.S. citizen, the petition will become invalid, as there is no visa category for the married son or daughter of an LPR. If this is the case, the petitioner would need to file a new petition in the F3 category.

      • I have a brother 22 unmarried he be a father soon. If he did not marry and wait for for mom/dad to be permanent resident , once my parent petition him is it automatically shift from f2b to f3 once he gt married, and my parent become citizen. do you advice that he will not marry until he came here or is it ok for him to marry once my parent become citizen, because we’re thinking about his future wife and baby, if they will be in petition once shift to f3 if possible. what is the best way less years to wait. Thanks

        • If your parents are now U.S. lawful permanent residents (LPR), they may file a petition on behalf of your brother under the F2B visa category (adult, unmarried son of a U.S. LPR). Once your parents become U.S. citizens, the petition will be converted to F1 (adult, unmarried son of a U.S. citizen), unless the applicant requests to opt out of the automatic visa category conversion and retain his F2B status. If and when the applicant marries, the F1 petition may be converted to F3 (married son of a U.S. citizen), which will allow him to include his spouse and children.

          Despite the nominally higher preference category, Philippine-born F1 and F3 beneficiaries are at a disadvantage compared to F2B beneficiaries, as the waiting time for the priority date to become current for processing can take longer.

          Additionally, please be aware that applicants under the F2B and F1 visa categories are required to maintain their single status until their admission to the U.S.

  4. what happens to the F1 visa when an immigrant petitioner becomes U.S. citizen and the beneficiary being petitioned under the F1 visa category marries?will it retain the same priority date?

    • When someone is petitioned in the F1 visa category and then subsequently gets married, the visa class automatically converts to F3, retaining the same priority date. However, the wait time is longer in the Philippines for the F3 category than for the F1 category.

      • What about somebody who was petitioned F3 but the husband pased away , can it be converted to F1 ? But when she was petitioned on F3, it was last Nov, 9, 1994. If she will be petitoned to F1 what PD will be used.

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

          The visa petition of an F3 applicant whose spouse passed away will automatically be converted to F1 category retaining the same priority date.

  5. im waiting now for my visa because i have already been interviewed,ive been petition by my father,i have 2 children one is 14 yrs. old and the other one is 10,and the mother of my children,can i take them with me?

    • In order to answer your question, please let us know what visa category you have been petitioned for. Also, are you married to the mother of your children?

  6. hello sir! my mother is a u.s citizen and she petition me under the F3 category but my marriage with my wife was already null and void this year,can my original F3 petition will be converted to the F1 category?

  7. My priority date is already current under the F3 category and was already interviewed last year but due to the retrogression was not given a visa.Until now I haven’t heard from the embassy.Already sent an inquiry though.

  8. We havea family petition(F3), we’re still waiting for our priority date but my son will turn 21 on March 20, 2013. What if we don’t have our visas yet during that time, will he still be included in our petition? Is there anything that I should do?

    • We understand that your son may age out (turn 21 years old) before your F3 petition becomes current. Under U.S. immigration law, when a derivative beneficiary marries or turns 21 years old, any immigration benefits as a “child” terminate. The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) may provide relief to certain applicants who have aged out. However, 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 to your case, you may wish to visit the Embassy’s website at http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3228.html.

  9. I am currently under F1 category and have scheduled for interview next week (i was told that the petition will cancel on mid of 2012 if no further action) , my PD is Nov 2003. However, my fiance and I decided to marry before the visa issue . Can the F1 convert to F3 once we get married before the expiration of the petition? since the interview appointment is approaching, what can we do for now? thanks!

    • If you are now married, your visa category automatically converts from F1 to F3. However, your November 2003 priority date is not current for either the F1 or the F3 categories. Please contact us to ask about your specific case at IVManilaReplies@state.gov.

  10. Hi…i was under f1 but my mom applied me as f3 because i got married last 2008… Apparently, my priority date will not retain because i got married before my parents became naturalized….

    My mom said she already sent documents such as our birth certificates and marriage contract…but, up until now we havent heard from USCIS or NIV…should we ask by calling both offices or should we just wait?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Under U.S. immigration law, the approval of an immigrant visa petition is automatically revoked upon the marriage of a beneficiary accorded preference status as the unmarried son or daughter of a lawful permanent resident (F2B).

      In order for you to qualify again for immigration benefits, a new immigrant visa petition (Form I-130) must be filed on your behalf with the USCIS.

      You or the petitioner may wish to contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter. You may also visit their website at http://www.uscis.gov/.

  11. Hi…i was under f1 but my mom applied me as f3 because i got married last 2008… Apparently, my priority date will not retain because i got married before my parents became naturalized….

    My mom said she already sent documents such as our birth certificates and marriage contract…but, up until now we havent heard from USCIS or NIV…should we ask by calling both offices or should we just wait?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Unfortunately, there is no way we can reliably predict how long it might take you to immigrate under the F3 category, as cutoff dates can advance, remain at a standstill, regress, or even become completely unavailable from month to month. Currently, we are processing F3 visas for petitions filed before July 15, 1992. To keep abreast of the movement of priority date cutoffs and visa availability, you may visit this web site: http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html.

  12. we already had our documents qualified. we have paid the visa fee for f3 and we were told to wait for our appointment letter but it didn’t come due to retrogression and my question is, do we have to just really wait or if we should call the nvc for the status? our priority date is nov 1992. i wanna also know if we should pay the visa fee again?

    • Philippine F3 visa numbers are currently available only for applicants with priority dates before July 15, 1992. 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.

      We understand that the petition is presently with the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC will hold the immigrant visa petition until the cutoff date in the F3 category has advanced to your priority date and a visa number becomes available for your use. NVC will forward the case to Embassy Manila once an interview slot becomes available. We will begin processing the case as soon as the visa petition is received from NVC.

      Written inquiries, changes of address or with other personal circumstances of the applicants/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.

      • follow-up regarding the IV fee..do we have to pay it again when our priority date become current?is there an expiration on IV fee?

        • Thank you for your interest in VISAtisfied Voyager.

          There is no need to pay the immigrant visa fee anew if this has been paid already at the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC). Once your priority date becomes current for processing and a visa number becomes available for use, NVC will notify and advise you to update required documentation, including adjustment in fees (if any).

  13. My grandfather filed a an immigrant petition for my mother on sept. 14,1992. My father died last year. I saw on tv on the citizen pinoy program that in those cases,the category changes from F3 to F1 since she( my mom) is now single.how do we go about this process hoping this will speed up the processing of my mom’s petition since there is a big back log on the priority dates for the F3 category? what will happen to my brother’s petition who is a derivative beneficiary of my mom? Is there still a chance for him to come to the US under the same petition?

    • We suggest that a copy your father’s death certificate be submitted to the National Visa Center (NVC) to enable them to update their records of the case. NVC’s mailing address is 31 Rochester Ave. Suite 100, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2914 (Attn: CMR). If qualified, your mother’s visa petition will be converted to the F1 (adult, unmarried daughter of a U.S. citizen) visa category. Currently, Philippine F1 visa numbers are available only for applicants with priority dates before April 15, 1997. You may direct future inquiries regarding the case to NVC by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov.

      Under U.S. immigration law, when a derivative beneficiary marries or turns 21 years old, any immigration benefits as a “child” terminate. If your brother has not yet turned 21 years old at the time of your mother’s visa interview he may be qualified for an immigrant visa. Please refer to our previous blog post http://blogs.usembassy.gov/philippines/?p=363 or to our website http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3228.html for information regarding possible immigration benefits for beneficiaries who have already turned 21.

  14. I am a Nigerian, my mother filed a petition for me in Feb 2006 on category F2B, and then she was Legal Permanent Resident
    In July 2009, I got a letter from NVC telling me my petition has been approved.

    In Nov 2010, my mom became a US citizen and I got married in Feb 2011.
    In June 2011 I got a choice of address and agent form, Affidavit of support (AOS) processing fee bill Invoice from NVC

    My mom notified NVC about my marriage, they requested for my wife’s Birth certificate and our marriage Certificate, this was sent in August 2011. In slept 2011 they replied telling me, my request had been received the priority date was still Feb. 2006 but preference category changed from f2b to f3.

    I went online to check my status, it was post decision activity, and this was the same status it was before I included my wife in my petition. Now my wife just gave birth, do I need to contact NVC about my daughter’s birth?

    My question is this; how long do we need to wait to get our visa number and when will our petition be current?

    Responses will be appreciated

    • In order for NVC to determine your daughter’s entitlement to derivative status, you should send to NVC a clear copy of her birth certificate.

      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 the F3 priority date cutoff and visa availability, you may visit this web site: http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html.

  15. Hello Good Afternoon,My Question is my mother petition me as unmarried overage daughter when she is an immigrant then she become a citizen.I got my priority date last year my mother already paid the petition fee but the problem is I got married my mother call the immigration in US they rold her they will change my status to married but we dont know what to do next please help me do I file for a new application and wait for 12 years what will happen to the time I waited before? I will be waiting for a response thank you for your time.

    • 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.

  16. My dad applied a petition on my behalf as a over 21 unmarried while he was a permanant resident. Before the petition was approved I got married but the marriage did not last long and got re-married with someone else after the petition was approved. Now the petition got approved and I had filled some forms and mentioned my maitial status and the NVC told me I am waiting for a visa number. My dad is now an american citizen. And I am currently in the US on a work visa and was planning on applying for adjustment of status. But I read somewhere that since I got married before my dad became an American citizen my application is void. Please let me know if I still can apply for adjustment of status.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      In general, when an applicant with an F2B petition gets married before his/her petitioner naturalizes, the petition becomes invalid. If you would like to inquire about your specific case, we request that you send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov, with your complete name and case number clearly indicated.

  17. hi, i would like to ask if how long does it take before F1 visa will be granted? My priority date was September 29, 2011..

    Thanks!

  18. I am the principal beneficiary of a family-based immigrant visa petition originally filed under F1 classification. It was filed when i was still single. Aprl 1997 priority date: i got married but separated 10 yrs now but not annulled. Unfortunately, during my interview Feb 2012, I weren’t able to provide annulment papers or anything related. So they automatically converted my category F1 to F3. However, recently through 2go courier service I sent a letter and have requested retention of my original category of F1 which was converted to F3. as my annulment is still ongoing and forwarded a document coming from the Court of Clerk along with the 221g as advised to me at the IV inquiry release counter @ US embassy Manila. But its been many weeks already and i have’nt gotten a reply yet. I’m hoping for an advise atleast so i would know what to do. Will i have to wait for the finalization of my annulment before they could reclassify me back to F1? If so .. How to go about again? will i need to contact NVC again? Please help.Thanks.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog. In general, someone who is married and does not yet have a finalized annulment will be in the F3 category, only convertible to the F1 category once the annulment is finalized. 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. You may also call the Immigrant Visa Unit’s inquiry line at 301-2000, extension 5184 or 5185 during regular business hours.

  19. I have a question.I have a pending F1,which would take years before its priority date. Can that be a conflict if i use the K1 or fiancee visa instead which would only take 6 months. Can you shed light on this cos my friend was denied for her tourist visa as she has a pending F1 petition. Are there any measure to elect the other type of visa which has lesser processing time like K1.Thanks.

    • A K1 visa petition is what American citizens apply for when they want to bring their foreign fiancé(e) to the U.S. The K1 visa allows the alien fiancé(e) to travel to the U.S., and the fiancé(e) must marry his/her U.S. citizen sponsor within 90 days of arrival. Should the marriage not push through, the alien fiancé(e) is required to depart the U.S. before the K1 visa expires. For more information regarding the K1 visa you may visit http://blogs.usembassy.gov/philippines/?p=74.

      Having an immigrant petition on file is not grounds for an automatic refusal of a K1 visa. Consular officers review cases and make determinations regarding visa issuance based on U.S. immigration law and policies.

      You may wish to visit the following websites:
      (1) http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3202.html
      (2)http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=a16066e7d9fd4210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=4c2515d27cf73210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD
      (3) http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1326.html
      which provide comprehensive information on the different immigrant visa categories and filing procedures.

  20. We are under the F3 Visa Category. We had our interview last April 11, 2012. During the interview we were required to submit I-864 (AOS) and 2011 ITR of my husband who was the main applicant and went ahead of us last October 2010.
    Last April 16, 2012 we submitted the said documents (I-864 and 2011 IITR). How long would it take for us to received our Immigrant Visa ? What should we do after we submitted /completed the submission of the said documents?

    • 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, case number and current contact information, clearly indicated.

  21. Hi Sir, i would like to ask if how long does it take before F3 visa will be granted??? My priority date was Aug.l992 I have already pay my visa last Jan.28,2011… Thank You… God Bless You…

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

      Currently, Philippine F3 immigrant visa numbers are available only for applicants with priority dates before July 22, 1992. 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. In the meantime, you 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.

      Currently, Philippine F3 immigrant visa numbers are available only for applicants with priority dates before July 22, 1992. 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. In the meantime, you 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.

  22. I would like to find out my fiancee is being filed for since June 2010 we are about to be married will this affect the filing and if so for how long will he have to wait

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

      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.

      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 K nonimmigrant visa.

      We understand that you and the petitioner are about to get married. Please be aware that this marriage would eliminate your claim to the single/unmarried status required of the K1 visa category. The petitioner will need to file another visa petition, Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130), for you.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      Philippine F3 immigrant visa numbers are currently available only for applicants with priority dates before July 22, 1992. 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.

  23. Madame / Sir,

    We ( I & my family) are here in Saipan. I have been working for 17 years. I and my have CW visas w/c will expires next year, and my kids have F1 visas
    I would like to know our options for I have a F3 approved petition with a priority of October 1993. Thank you and God Bless

    • Thank you for your post, Ruel. At this time, your approved F3 petition is not yet current. Please continue to consult the “Visa Bulletin” (http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5712.html) to follow the progression of priority dates that are current during any given month. At present time, F3 visa numbers are only available to Philippine citizens for whom petitions were filed prior to July 22, 1992.

      • I got a notice dated July 30 2010 stating that should pay the affidavit of support fee of $88.00 can i still pay this even if i send somebody to pay for this in my behalf ? As stated before I’m in Saipan USA.

        • The Affidavit of Support (AOS) review fee is paid only when the AOS is reviewed at the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC). If the case is still with NVC, we suggest you contact the said agency. The address is 31 Rochester Ave., Suite 200, Portsmouth, NH 03801-291. NVC can also be reached by telephone at (603) 334-0700 or by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov.

          • Thank you for your response. I have recently communicated w/ NVC and their response was that our files were forwarded to US Embassy in the Philippines in which I presume there because that’s were we filed our petition

          • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog. To enable us to be more responsive to your inquiry, please send an e-mail to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with the applicant’s complete name and case number.

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

      Philippine F3 visa numbers are currently available only for applicants with priority dates before July 22, 1992.

      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.

  24. I was petitioned as a single daughter of a green card holder and got married BEFORE my petitioner became US Citizen. But my marriage got annuled this year. Can i have my petition back with same priority date of unmarried daughter of US Citizen? Can i bring my children with me?

    • 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, 10-digit visa case number, and current contact information clearly indicated.

  25. Hi,

    we have an approved visa before i turned 21. We managed to comply the requirements within the year. After we filed we didn’t hear anything from the nvc. We waited after 2yrs but no schedule of interview or medical exam notices to us. Now i am getting married. Would their be any effect on me? Would i be disqualified for the eligibilty?

  26. Hi,

    My F1 case (from Pakistan) is in progress and I hope with I will got my immigration visa in less than two years however I can’t wait for such a long time and want to get marry now. So I need to change my Visa Preference from F1 to F3, I will be pleased if you answer my following questions:

    1. If I change my preference i.e. F1 to F3 then my cut of date which is in 2006 will be or will remain the same?
    2. What should I do in order to change my category?
    3. Is there any fee which I will pay to change the category?

    • If the case is still with the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC), you should notify the said agency regarding your change of status by submitting a clear copy of your marriage certificate and your spouse’s birth certificate. NVC will then update your records and convert your visa category from F1 to F3, retaining the same priority date. No fee will be charged for filing this request.

      You may wish to contact NVC regarding your visa case. Written inquiries, changes of address or with other personal circumstances of either the applicant or 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: DR). NVC’s telephone number is (603) 334-0700. Public inquiries can also be sent by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov.

  27. My friend got married in May 2012 and he applied for F1 visa as a Single applicant in June/July 2012. They had eloped and married without the knowledge of their parents. Now if he needs to apply for a dependent visa for her spouse, will there be an issue? Will the visa officer understand their problem?

    • Thank you for your interest in VISAtistfied Voyager.
      As also mentioned in the article, when a beneficiary who is being petitioned under the F1 visa category marries, the original F1 petition will be converted to the F3 visa category. However, your friend should note that he/she will also retain the same priority date. Currently, Philippine F3 visa numbers are available only for applicants with priority dates before July 22, 1992.
      If the petition is presently with the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC), NVC will hold the petition until the cutoff date in the applicant’s visa category has advanced to his or her priority date. We will process the case as soon as the visa petition is received from NVC. Written inquiries, changes of address or in the applicant’s and the petitioner’s personal circumstances should be sent and reported to NVC at 32 Rochester Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801-2909, telephone number (603) 334-0700. Public inquiries can also be sent by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov.

  28. hi i have a question my dad is a resident and he put in my application in 1988 i was born in 1985 i was brought to the u.s in 1985 couple of months old i have I-94 form and the application was granted and the application for I-30 was aprroved in aug of 1992 i have my social security but never got answer back from that i got married in 2005 can that affect that in any way and my mom is a u.s citizen and she put in an application for me but since im married they said my wait period time is 14 years after all that waiting with my dads application i have to wait more time is there any other way to fix this can i still go tru with my dads application or its not possible because i got married ??? help please !!!! im 27 now

    • Johanna, if your father is a lawful permanent resident (LPR) and not a U.S. citizen, then unfortunately that petition ended when you got married. There is no visa class for married sons or daughters of LPRs. If your mother as a U.S. citizen then filed a petition for you later, you would be classified in the F3 category, married sons or daughters of U.S. citizens. Currently we are processing visas for applicants whose petitions were filed in the F3 category before July 22, 1992, so unfortunately it is a long wait.

  29. Hi VISAtisfied Voyager ,

    I will be pleased if you review and reply the following query:
    I had applied my F1 case in Jun, 2006 and my application approved in Nov 2010 and we are waiting for my visa number which is expected in 6 to 8 months because cutoff date is the same as when I applied for immigration.
    My question is after Approval of my Visa application in Nov, 2010, if I get married now and change my stats accordingly, will it affect my F1 status? Case once approved in 2010 could be changed if get marry in 2012?

    • If you get married while waiting for your priority date to become current, your visa class will automatically convert from F1 to F3. The waiting time for F3 is longer than for F1. Currently we are processing visas for applicants whose petitions were filed before March 1, 1994, in the F1 category and before July 22, 1992, in the F3 category. For more information about the movement of priority dates, please see the Visa Bulletin: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5749.html

  30. Dear Sir/Maam:
    Would just like to ask if how many years would it take F3 category to be approved.My petition was approved on Feb.2003, i searched on the internet if how many years would it take to wait an F3 petitions from filing that it would take for about 11 years.Will it take more longer than the said years.
    thanks…more power …..

  31. I am petitioned under F3 category approved May 2001. But up to now the priority date for my category is still 1992. In this case, can my son apply for a student visa, F1 category?

    • The approval of your son’s application for a student visa will be based on his eligibility under the visa category being sought. For additional information regarding student visas, you may wish to send an email to the Embassy’s Nonimmigrant Visa Unit at CONSManilaNIV@state.gov.

  32. Good Day!

    Our PD is Nov. 09, 2001 under F3 category and it was approved last Jan. of 2009. My question is, how long it would take our PD to become a current coz based on the Visa Bulletin, F3 category is not moving for already 9 months (since Feb. 2012 to present). It is still July 22, 1992. Do you have any idea sir/madam how many more years to wait? Kindly advise.

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.

      Currently, Philippine F3 immigrant visa numbers are available only for applicants with priority dates before July 22, 1992.
      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. In the meantime, you 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.

  33. Can someone under the F1 preference get married after their interview for a green card but before they migrate to the US during the normal 6 months given to enter to “activate” their permanent resident status? And would they be able to apply for “following to join” for their spouse?

    • If you had been issued an F1 visa and got married prior to your entry to the US, please notify the Embassy regarding the change in your personal circumstances. Your visa class will automatically be converted from F1 to F3. The waiting time for F3 is longer than for F1 but would entitle your spouse following-to-join benefits. Currently we are processing visas for applicants whose petitions were filed before February 15, 1999, in the F1 category and before October 1, 1992, in the F3 category. For more information about the movement of priority dates, please see the Visa Bulletin: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5900.html

  34. i there
    please answer me i’m a f1 category my intervew take next week so nvc already completed my case but i got married what should i do

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.

      In order for us to be more responsive to your inquiry, we request you to send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with your complete name and case number clearly indicated.

  35. I have a very important question and I pray God you can answer this for me . First of all I want to say that I find your website very helpful and I think you guys are doing a great job.

    My situation is the following :

    My mother is an american citizen , she filled for me and I was approved and everything , my priority date is sept 2006, the national visa center has all my documents and mom paid for the visa so now I’m on wait for my visa number to come out.

    On the other hand I’m planning to get married this year with a wonderful woman overhere in the carribbean , so I would like to know how this will affect my petition process and also what is the best thing to do , I mean should I wait when I get my permanent residence and marry my girlfriend or marry her now ; and if I do marry her will she be able to travel with me when I will be leaving ?

    Thank you very much , I will be witing for your answers .

    Blessings.

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your visa case, we request you to 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.

      • my father in law filed a petition for us F-3 last jan 2002 and we received an approval notice from us immigration last feb 2009 that the petition was already approved , what does it mean?does it mean that our visas is already under processing? , we are from the philippines

        • 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.
          Approved visa petitions are sent by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Servcies (USCIS) to the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) for safekeeping and pre-processing. When the applciant’s priroity date becomes current for processing and a visa number is available for use, NVC will forward the case to the Embassy where the applicant will apply for the immigrant visa. We will process the case upon receipt of the petition from NVC.
          Written inquiries, changes of address or with other personal circumstances of either the applicant or the 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: DR). The NVC can be reached by telephone at (603) 334-0700 or by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov.
          Meanwhile, the applciant 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.

  36. My mom is US citizen, and applied for me in Jun 2006 as F1 case (unmarried son and over 21).
    My PD is current now.
    In 2008 I got married and 2010 divorced.
    I did not update the status.
    My question is: My PD is still as F1?
    Do I need to update my status as what?
    Thanks in advance for your explanations.

    • 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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