All Countries – February 2020 Visa Bulletin

Analysis of the February 2020 Visa Bulletin issued by the U.S. State Department for Family Green Card Applicants who are chargeable to 🌐All Countries.

February 2020 Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🌐All Countries Visa Bulletin for February 2020

F1Aug 22, 2013+5 weeksAnother strong month in February 2020, in line with what the Visa Office indicated as part of the January VB (short-term movement was going to be 'up to 6 weeks'). After the 26-week advancement we saw in September 2019, and more generally the very strong second half of Fiscal Year 2019, we were very worried about potential retrogressions at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2020.F1 Predictions
F2AFeb 1, 2020+4 weeksFor the 8th month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, but this situation will end soon, and anybody who can take advantage of the situation should. Documentarily qualified candidates going through Consular Processing may hope for faster interviews. Applicants going through Adjustment of Status can file Form I-130 and I-485 concurrently; or file Form I-485 right away if they already filed Form I-130 (even if Form I-130 is not approved yet). The Visa Office indicated as part of the January VB that the 'current' situation will end in the 'next few months' (we predict March 2020).F2A Predictions
F2BAug 22, 2014+2 weeksA bit of a slowdown confirmed. Fiscal Year 2019 was by far the best of the last 20 years and allowed F2B to catch up with its 10-year historical trend. The Visa Office indicated as part of the January VB that the short-term movement was going to be 'up to 3 weeks' (from up to 6-weeks earlier).F2B Predictions
F3Nov 22, 2007+1 weeksThis is confirmation that advancement is slowing down. We have to go all the way back to 2007 to find a year that has been as good for F3 - All Countries, as FY2019 has been. The Visa Office indicated as part of the January VB that the short-term movement was going to be '1 to 3 weeks' (from 'up to a month' earlier, so it will be slower advancement), and February 2020 is certainly confirming it.F3 Predictions
F4Jul 1, 2006-30 weeksThe dreaded retrogression is here. The Visa Office is talking about a 'dramatic increase' in F4 applications in recent months to explain the retrogression. Was it too good to be true? Fiscal Year 2019 had been the best of the last 20 years for F4 - All Countries. The advancement had picked up considerably in February 2019 and had been strong ever since. Immigration Planner is in the process of updating its predictions.F4 Predictions

For other areas see Mexico and the Philippines.


What about F1? (Children of U.S. Citizens who are adults, but not married)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🌐All Countries, F1 - February 2020

F1Aug 22, 2013+5 weeksAnother strong month in February 2020, in line with what the Visa Office indicated as part of the January VB (short-term movement was going to be 'up to 6 weeks'). After the 26-week advancement we saw in September 2019, and more generally the very strong second half of Fiscal Year 2019, we were very worried about potential retrogressions at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2020.F1 Predictions

This is an overview of our F1 predictions (see our 3-year prediction):


What about F2A? (Spouses of Green Card holders, or young Children of Green Card holders who are not married)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🌐All Countries, F2A - February 2020

F2AFeb 1, 2020+4 weeksFor the 8th month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, but this situation will end soon, and anybody who can take advantage of the situation should. Documentarily qualified candidates going through Consular Processing may hope for faster interviews. Applicants going through Adjustment of Status can file Form I-130 and I-485 concurrently; or file Form I-485 right away if they already filed Form I-130 (even if Form I-130 is not approved yet). The Visa Office indicated as part of the January VB that the 'current' situation will end in the 'next few months' (we predict March 2020).F2A Predictions

This is an overview of our F2A predictions (see our 3-year prediction):


What about F2B? (Children of Green Card holders who are adults, but not married)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🌐All Countries, F2B - February 2020

F2BAug 22, 2014+2 weeksA bit of a slowdown confirmed. Fiscal Year 2019 was by far the best of the last 20 years and allowed F2B to catch up with its 10-year historical trend. The Visa Office indicated as part of the January VB that the short-term movement was going to be 'up to 3 weeks' (from up to 6-weeks earlier).F2B Predictions

This is an overview of our F2B predictions (see our 3-year prediction):


What about F3? (Children of U.S. Citizens who are adults and married)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🌐All Countries, F3 - February 2020

F3Nov 22, 2007+1 weeksThis is confirmation that advancement is slowing down. We have to go all the way back to 2007 to find a year that has been as good for F3 - All Countries, as FY2019 has been. The Visa Office indicated as part of the January VB that the short-term movement was going to be '1 to 3 weeks' (from 'up to a month' earlier, so it will be slower advancement), and February 2020 is certainly confirming it.F3 Predictions

This is an overview of our F3 predictions (see our 3-year prediction):


What about F4? (Brothers and Sisters of U.S. Citizens)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🌐All Countries, F4 - February 2020

F4Jul 1, 2006-30 weeksThe dreaded retrogression is here. The Visa Office is talking about a 'dramatic increase' in F4 applications in recent months to explain the retrogression. Was it too good to be true? Fiscal Year 2019 had been the best of the last 20 years for F4 - All Countries. The advancement had picked up considerably in February 2019 and had been strong ever since. Immigration Planner is in the process of updating its predictions.F4 Predictions

This is an overview of our F4 predictions (see our 3-year prediction):


If I am going through Adjustment of Status, can I use the Filing Date?

Applicants going through Adjustment of Status are often allowed to use the ‘Filing Date’ of the Visa Bulletin to determine when they are allowed to file Form I-485. Here is the latest:

Preference
Filing Date
Movement
Status
F1Mar 22, 2014+1 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2ADec 1, 2019+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BApr 22, 2015+2 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Jul 22, 2008+1 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4July 22, 2007NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used

When will the Interview be scheduled?

The process of scheduling the interview is initiated by U.S. immigration agencies when the following two requirements are met:

  • The applicant’s Priority Date is ‘current’ when compared to the relevant ‘Final Action Date’
  • The applicant’s Green Card Case is ‘interview-ready’ (also called ‘case complete’ or ‘documentarily qualified’, meaning that all the proper Forms, Evidence, and Fees necessary to make a decision on the Green Card Application have been received by U.S. Immigration Agencies).

Being ‘current’ means that the applicant’s Priority Date (which is when Form I-130 was filed) is ‘earlier’ than the relevant Final Action Date. If the relevant Final Action Date is January 1st 2018, then applicants with a Priority Date ‘earlier’ (that is up to December 31st 2016) are said to be current.
The relevant Final Action Date refers to the Final Action Date that applies to applicants based on their preference classification (F1, F2A, F2B, F3, F4) and countries of birth (Mexico, All Countries, …).

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.

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