All Countries – August 2019 Visa Bulletin

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

August 2019 Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🌐All Countries Visa Bulletin for August 2019

F1Jul 1, 2012+16 weeksFiscal Year 2019 is shaping up to be a solid year for F1 - All Countries. Not as great as FY2016 or FY2017, but above the average of the last 20 years. We expected a steady 4-week to 5-week advancement per month until the end of the Fiscal Year in September 2019 but got a +16 weeks advancement instead. Most likely to schedule more interviews.F1 Predictions
F2AAug 1, 2019+4 weeksObviously the State Department thinks it was significantly behind in terms of F2A Green Cards issued for Fiscal Year 2019, and running the risk of not using all their quotas. Moving to 'current' means that interviews for all applicants who are 'interview-ready' can be scheduled. 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 July 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in July 2019 and August 2019.F2A Predictions
F2BJan 1, 2014+17 weeksIt looks like Fiscal Year 2019 will be the best of the last 20 years in terms of advancement, as the incredible pace of advancement we have seen since March 2019 is maintained in August 2019. 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.F2B Predictions
F3Jun 22, 2007+15 weeksFiscal Year 2019 is now a solidly an above average year with a year-best +15-week advancement in August 2019. We now expect a 'technical' retrogression near the end of the Fiscal Year (in September 2019).F3 Predictions
F4Oct 1, 2006+15 weeksThe pace of advancement of F4 - All Countries picked up considerably since February 2019. For the first 11 months of the year, Fiscal Year 2019 is in line to be one of the best years of the last twenty years. F4 - All Countries caught up with its 20-year historical trendline, and this is great news for applicants.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 - August 2019

F1Jul 1, 2012+16 weeksFiscal Year 2019 is shaping up to be a solid year for F1 - All Countries. Not as great as FY2016 or FY2017, but above the average of the last 20 years. We expected a steady 4-week to 5-week advancement per month until the end of the Fiscal Year in September 2019 but got a +16 weeks advancement instead. Most likely to schedule more interviews.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 - August 2019

F2AAug 1, 2019+4 weeksObviously the State Department thinks it was significantly behind in terms of F2A Green Cards issued for Fiscal Year 2019, and running the risk of not using all their quotas. Moving to 'current' means that interviews for all applicants who are 'interview-ready' can be scheduled. 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 July 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in July 2019 and August 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 - August 2019

F2BJan 1, 2014+17 weeksIt looks like Fiscal Year 2019 will be the best of the last 20 years in terms of advancement, as the incredible pace of advancement we have seen since March 2019 is maintained in August 2019. 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.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 - August 2019

F3Jun 22, 2007+15 weeksFiscal Year 2019 is now a solidly an above average year with a year-best +15-week advancement in August 2019. We now expect a 'technical' retrogression near the end of the Fiscal Year (in September 2019).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 - August 2019

F4Oct 1, 2006+15 weeksThe pace of advancement of F4 - All Countries picked up considerably since February 2019. For the first 11 months of the year, Fiscal Year 2019 is in line to be one of the best years of the last twenty years. F4 - All Countries caught up with its 20-year historical trendline, and this is great news for applicants.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 1, 2013+16 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2AJun 1, 2019+12 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BSep 1, 2014+2 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Dec 22, 2007+15 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4December 15, 2006NoneYes, 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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