Recently, Leah Spivey attended a session with Charlie Oppenheim, the Visa Chief for the Department of State at the Federal Bar Immigration Law Conference in Austin, Texas. Oppenheim monitors the use of visa numbers and sets the priority dates each month, and he said that F2A—visas for Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) spouses and children (unmarried and under the age of 21)—will be current in July 2019, likely for the summer, and possibly into Fall 2019.
That is good news because the spouses and children of LPRs will have a rare opportunity to file applications for their own US LPR without the three to five-year waiting periods that have been common for that category of family member. Getting LPR status means getting a green card.
Those who believe their family may benefit from this opportunity should consult with an experienced immigration attorney. The application process for LPR spouses and children has strict restrictions and rules. Applicants need to have maintained status ever day inside the US without violations or working without authorization. It improves your chance of success if you have someone who knows the rules to help you deal with them effectively.