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Current Family-Based Green Card Priority Date for India for Permanent Residency

Updated: Apr 10

This page provides information on the current green card priority date for India for family-based permanent residency in the F1, F2A, F2B, F3, and F4 categories. If the applicant's priority date on the I-797 notice for the I-130 petition is earlier than the current date mentioned below, then you are eligible to proceed with your immigrant visa application process, like the I-485 or DS-260 application, which is the final step in obtaining a green card.


  • I-485: If the applicant is physically present in the United States and is eligible to adjust status to permanent resident status, they typically file Form I-485 with USCIS.


  • DS-260: If the applicant is residing outside of the United States and is applying for an immigrant visa through consular processing, they generally complete Form DS-260, which is processed by the Department of State.



The U.S. Department of State releases a monthly visa bulletin, and the dates presented here reflect the regularly updated 'Date for Filing' and 'Final Action Date' per visa bulletin. Please bookmark ⭐ this page for future reference.


Last updated: Based on the May 2024 Visa Bulletin published by the US Department of State.

Family-Based Green Card Category

Current (Dates for Filing)

Current (Final Action Date)

F1 Priority Date India

Sep 1, 2017

Jul 8, 2015

F2A Priority Date India

Sep 1, 2023

Jun 1, 2021

F2B Priority Date India

Jan 1, 2017

Apr 1, 2016

F3 Priority Date India

Jun 1, 2010

Jan 1, 2010

F4 Priority Date India

Jun 15, 2006

Jan 15, 2006

Immediate Relatives

Current

Current

Family-Based Green Card Priority Date for India: Key Points

  • Generally, USCIS uses the 'Dates for Filing' chart if the Department of State's Visa Bulletin allows it for that month.


  • 'Dates for Filing' typically precede the 'Final Action Date' and allow applicants to start certain parts of the application process earlier. The 'Final Action Date' is the cutoff date determining when green cards can be issued based on the priority date of the immigrant petition.




FAQs on Family-Based Green Card Priority Date India

Who can apply for a family-based green card?

You can get a green card If you are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen. Immediate relatives are not subjected to visa quotas (no cap on the number of green cards that can be issued) and generally have more favorable immigration processing. Even the concept of a priority date does not apply to immediate relatives.


  • Parent of a U.S. citizen (if the citizen is 21+).

  • Spouse of a U.S. citizen.

  • Unmarried child under 21 of a U.S. citizen.


The following relatives are eligible based on the "preference immigrant" category:


  • First preference (F1) - Unmarried children (21 years and older) of U.S. citizens.

  • Second preference (F2A) - Spouses and unmarried children (under 21 years old) of lawful permanent residents.

  • Second preference (F2B) - Unmarried children (21 years and older) of lawful permanent residents.

  • Third preference (F3) - Married children of U.S. citizens.

  • Fourth preference (F4) - Siblings of U.S. citizens (if the citizen is 21+).


Family-Based Green Card



What is the current priority date for parents of U.S. citizens?

For parents of U.S. citizens, there isn't a "current priority date" in the same way as other family-sponsored preference categories. Parents of U.S. citizens are considered immediate relatives and are not subject to the priority date system that applies to preference categories like F1, F2A, F2B, etc. Therefore, they do not have to wait for a priority date to become current.


What is the processing time for a family-based green card for Indian parents?

The processing time for a family-based green card for Indian parents typically ranges from 12 to 16 months, but actual processing times may vary depending on the USCIS backlog and workload. As an immediate relative, you can file Form I-485 concurrently with Form I-130.




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