All Countries – September 2019 Visa Bulletin

Analysis of the September 2019 Visa Bulletin issued by the U.S. State Department for Family Green Card Applicants who are chargeable to 🌐All Countries.

September 2019 Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🌐All Countries Visa Bulletin for September 2019

F1Jan 1, 2013+26 weeksFiscal Year 2019 went out with a big bang for F1 - All Countries. This last-minute, 26-week advancement make FY 2019 the second best year of the last 20 years! At the beginning of FY2020 in October 2019, we shall worry about retrogressions, but let's enjoy the moment for now...F1 Predictions
F2ASep 1, 2019+4 weeksFor the third month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability. If you can, take advantage of it because it will likely not last into the new Fiscal Year which starts October 1st, 2019. So for those going through Consular Processing, be ready and if you can, file the rest of your documents as soon as possible. Also, for those going through Adjustment of Status, USCIS clarified the Visa Bulletin by announcing that Spouses and Young Children of U.S. Green Card Holders can file concurrently (Form I-130 and I-485) in August and September 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in August and September 2019.F2A Predictions
F2BJun 1, 2014+21 weeksFiscal Year 2019 has been, by far, the best of the last 20 years in terms of advancement for F2B - All Countries. An incredible pace of advancement started in March 2019 and simply never stopped. We are hopeful that there will be no significant retrogression in the coming months, as F2B - All Countries essentially caught up with its 10-year historical trend, but will certainly take another look at the numbers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.F2B Predictions
F3Sep 1, 2007+10 weeksWe have to go all the way back to 2007 to find a year that has been as good for F2B - All Countries, as FY2019 has been. We were wrong to expect a technical retrogression in September 2019, but we are certainly worried about one in October 2019. Come back soon for an update on that front.F3 Predictions
F4Nov 1, 2006+4 weeksFiscal Year 2019 has been the best of the last 20 years for F4 - All Countries. The advancement picked up considerably in February 2019 and has been strong ever since. Because F4 - All Countries caught up with its 20-year historical trendline, we hope that any future retrogression, if any, will be limited- but check back for an updated analysis of this front.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 - September 2019

F1Jan 1, 2013+26 weeksFiscal Year 2019 went out with a big bang for F1 - All Countries. This last-minute, 26-week advancement make FY 2019 the second best year of the last 20 years! At the beginning of FY2020 in October 2019, we shall worry about retrogressions, but let's enjoy the moment for now...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 - September 2019

F2ASep 1, 2019+4 weeksFor the third month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability. If you can, take advantage of it because it will likely not last into the new Fiscal Year which starts October 1st, 2019. So for those going through Consular Processing, be ready and if you can, file the rest of your documents as soon as possible. Also, for those going through Adjustment of Status, USCIS clarified the Visa Bulletin by announcing that Spouses and Young Children of U.S. Green Card Holders can file concurrently (Form I-130 and I-485) in August and September 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in August and September 2019.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 - September 2019

F2BJun 1, 2014+21 weeksFiscal Year 2019 has been, by far, the best of the last 20 years in terms of advancement for F2B - All Countries. An incredible pace of advancement started in March 2019 and simply never stopped. We are hopeful that there will be no significant retrogression in the coming months, as F2B - All Countries essentially caught up with its 10-year historical trend, but will certainly take another look at the numbers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.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 - September 2019

F3Sep 1, 2007+10 weeksWe have to go all the way back to 2007 to find a year that has been as good for F2B - All Countries, as FY2019 has been. We were wrong to expect a technical retrogression in September 2019, but we are certainly worried about one in October 2019. Come back soon for an update on that front.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 - September 2019

F4Nov 1, 2006+4 weeksFiscal Year 2019 has been the best of the last 20 years for F4 - All Countries. The advancement picked up considerably in February 2019 and has been strong ever since. Because F4 - All Countries caught up with its 20-year historical trendline, we hope that any future retrogression, if any, will be limited- but check back for an updated analysis of this front.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
F1May 1, 2013+8 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2AJul 1, 2019+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BOct 15, 2014+6 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Jan 22, 2008+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4March 8, 2007+11 weeksYes, 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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