|January 23, 2011||Posted by admin under Family-Based Immigration||
Family-based preference category 2A is backlogged again, after six or so blissful months where lawful permanent resident petitioners across the country enjoyed the prospect of speedy family unification. USCIS is now adjudicating petitions that were filed by LPRs for their spouses or children under 21 prior to January 1, 2008. To provide contrast, last month USCIS was adjudicating petitions in this category that were filed prior to August 1, 2010, which basically made that category close to current!
This is disappointing news for thousands of LPRs whose I-130 petitions were pending adjudication or otherwise hadn’t been sent to the National Visa Center yet. On the hopeful side, each month brings different processing estimates from USCIS and maybe they will be able to catch up again with processing speed. Much will depend as well on how many petitions are filed.