Should I ‘Opt-Out’ Of F1 And Stay In F2B?


What are we talking about?

Family applicants under F2B (unmarried adult children of Green Card holders) are automatically transferred to F1 (unmarried adult children of U.S. Citizens) when the parent who sponsored them naturalized and became a U.S. Citizen. But applicants are allowed to ‘opt-out’ of F1 and stay in F2B.


What is our conclusion for All Countries?

This is the summary of our analysis for All Countries based on the latest Visa Bulletin:

Question
Answer
Does F1 have an advantage over F2B?No
Should applicants 'opt-out' of F1?Yes
Where is F1 compared to F2B (in Months)?-9.5
Last update? March 2019

This is how F1 compared to F2B historically, and our prediction for the next few years:

What is our conclusion for Mexico?

This is the summary of our analysis for Mexico based on the latest Visa Bulletin:

Question
Answer
Does F1 have an advantage over F2B?No
Should applicants 'opt-out' of F1?Yes
Where is F1 compared to F2B (in Months)?-1.7
Last update? March 2019

This is how F1 compared to F2B historically, and our prediction for the next few years:

What is our conclusion for the Philippines?

This is the summary of our analysis for the Philippines based on the latest Visa Bulletin:

Question
Answer
Does F1 have an advantage over F2B?No
Should applicants 'opt-out' of F1?Yes
Where is F1 compared to F2B (in Months)?-3.7
Last update? March 2019

This is how F1 compared to F2B historically, and our prediction for the next few years:

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