What is this prediction about?
This is a prediction of the ‘Final Action Date’ of the Visa Bulletin for family Green Cards F1 (Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens) for ‘All Countries’ (not Mexico and not the Philippines) based on the latest available data (August 2018).
Only applicants who have priority date that is ‘current’ when compared to the ‘Final Action Date’ can have the process of scheduling a Green Card interview initiated by U.S. immigration agencies. Being ‘current’ means that the applicant’s priority date is ‘earlier’ than the Final Action Date that applies to them: if the Final Action Date is January 1st, 2017; then applicants with a priority date of December 25th 2016 are current; but applicants with a priority date of January 5th, 2017 are not current.
The month when the applicant’s priority date is current, U.S. immigration agencies look for an available Interview slot in the month after next (if the applicant’s priority date becomes current in January, then they will start looking for slots in March). How long applicants wait depend on how busy the U.S. Consulate or USCIS Field office is.
Also, generally, family Green Card applicants who live in the United States and go through adjustment of status can use the ‘Filing Date’ of the Visa Bulletin to determine if they can file form I-485 (we will confirm in the next few days whether that is again the case in August 2018 as USCIS releases that information).
What does Immigration Planner predict?
F1 has again a positive movement in August 2018 with a 2-week advancement (June 2018 was flat and July 2018 also had a 2-week advancements). However, the Fiscal Year (which started in October 2017) remains one of the worst of the last 20 years. Our current predictions are as follows:
More specifically, these are the dates we predict:
F1 Final Action date
|Jan 2018||Mar 15, 2011||actual|
|Feb 2018||Mar 15, 2011||actual|
|Mar 2018||Mar 22, 2011||actual|
|Apr 2018||Apr 8, 2011||actual|
|May 2018||Apr 8, 2011||actual|
|Jun 2018||Apr 8, 2011||actual|
|Jul 2018||Apr 22, 2011||actual|
|Aug 2018||May 8, 2011||actual|
|Sep 2018||May 22, 2011||prediction|
|Oct 2018||Jun 8, 2011||prediction|
|Nov 2018||Jun 22, 2011||prediction|
|Dec 2018||Jul 1, 2011||prediction|
|Jan 2018||Jul 15, 2011||prediction|
|Feb 2018||Aug 8, 2011||prediction|
|Mar 2018||Sep 1, 2011||prediction|
|Apr 2018||Oct 1, 2011||prediction|
|May 2018||Oct 22, 2011||prediction|
|Jun 2018||Nov 22, 2011||prediction|
|Jul 2018||Dec 22, 2011||prediction|
|Aug 2018||Jan 15, 2012||prediction|
|Sep 2018||Feb 15, 2012||prediction|
|Oct 2018||Mar 8, 2012||prediction|
|Nov 2018||Apr 8, 2012||prediction|
|Dec 2018||May 1, 2012||prediction|
|Jan 20||May 22, 2012||prediction|
|Feb 20||Jun 22, 2012||prediction|
|Mar 20||Jul 22, 2012||prediction|
|Apr 20||Aug 15, 2012||prediction|
|May 20||Sep 8, 2012||prediction|
|Jun 20||Oct 8, 2012||prediction|
|Jul 20||Nov 1, 2012||prediction|
|Aug 20||Dec 1, 2012||prediction|
|Sep 20||Dec 22, 2012||prediction|
What is the ‘time to current’ for F1?
Looking back, this is how long it took for prior applicants to have their priority date become current. For F1, the latest available data shows it took just under 7 years:
Should you ‘opt-out’ of F1?
When sponsors who were Green Card holders become U.S. Citizen, their over-21-year-old unmarried children are moved from F2B to F1. But these applicants can also ‘opt-out’ from F1 and stay in F2B. Should they? Right now, they should strongly consider it. For ‘all countries’, F1 is currently ‘behind’ F2B by 5.5 months:
What happened since the beginning of the new fiscal year in October 2017?
If you compare the advancement with the last 20 years (the thick red line represents the last months of known data), Fiscal Year 2018 is one of the worst of the last 20 years.
What happened last year?
During fiscal year 2017, the final action date advanced quite rapidly and then plateaued. It still was a very strong year for F1. As a result however, it is likely that U.S. immigration agencies created a lot of ‘inventory’ (pending applications) that they have to go through in Fiscal Year 2018.
When will Immigration Planner update its predictions and why?
The next update will be around August 15th, 2018 when the Visa Bulletin for September 2018 will be released by U.S. immigration agencies. Immigration Planner is updating its predictions every month based on the latest available Visa Bulletin.