All Countries – Latest Visa Bulletin

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

Latest Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🌐All Countries Visa Bulletin for February 2022

F1Dec 1, 2014NoneFebruary 2022 did not yield any advancement for F1-All Countries, as expected. We are not expecting any forward movement until at least July 2022 and most likely October 2022. This is because the Visa Bullein dates advanced at a very rapid pace during the Covid-19 pandemic when Interviews were simply not taking place. Because the 'lost' Green Cards of the last 2 years are not coming back, expect 'time-to-current' to go up.

At the same time, the number of F1 interviews is going up, and we are about 75% of the way back, according to our analysis.
F1 Predictions
F2AFeb 1, 2022+4 weeksF2A analysis and predictions are in the process of being updated. The update by Immigration Planner should be released at the end of January 2022 Please check back soon.F2A Predictions
F2BSep 22, 2015NoneFiscal Year 2020 and 2021 have essentially been on par with the average of the last decade, even when the number of F2B interviews was severely reduced by the pandemic. As a consequence, there is a backlog of worldwide F2B applications that are either already ‘documentarily qualified’ at the National Visa Center (NVC) and the State Department will need to go through that backlog before we can see the dates move forward again.F2B Predictions
F3Nov 22, 2008NoneFebruary 2022 did not yield any advancement for F3-All Countries, as expected. As with most 'preference' categories, we are not expecting any forward movement for F3 until at least the end of the current Fiscal Year in September 2022. This is because the Final Action Date for F3 has moved forward at an incredible pace since October 2017. Fiscal Year 2020 (from October 2019 to September 2020) was even the best of the last 20 years, and half of that year was during pandemic yeasr when when almost no F3 interviews were taking place.

We are expecting 'time to current' to increase, because of the 'lost' Green Cards of the last 2 years.

Of important and immediate concerns is whether all the F3 Green Cards are going to be issued this current fiscal year (from October 2021 to September 2022). We are doing better in terms of Consular Interviews taking place and F3 Green Cards being issued, but we are only 70% of the way back, and F3 seems to be lagging other preferences (see our full analysis for details).
F3 Predictions
F4Mar 22, 2007NoneIn February 2020, the Final Action Date of F4-All Countries retrogressed considerably. This was due to a massive miscalculation from the Visa Office of the State Department: they were worried about unused F4 visas (because of a low response rate to the NVC's Welcome Letters), but advanced the VB dates too much, creating a significant backlog of interview-ready applications and forcing them to limit the number of interviews that could take place by retrogressing the F.A.D.

This was terrible, but at least it set wordwide F4 dates on a different trajectory as a lot of other preferences. When the Visa Office kept advancing dates for other preferences (such as F1, F2B, or F3) even when almost no Consular Interviews were taking place, they did not do that for F4 because they knew they already had a backlog of interviews to schedule. In other words, F4- All Countries VB dates better reflect the reality of the current situation than other preferences and, as a result, we are expecting to see these dates move sooner and with more momentum than others.

This hope is strengthened by the fact that F4-Interviews are, according to Immigration Planner's detailed analysis of State Department data, getting to 80%+ pre-pandemic levels. There will however be a price to pay for recent and future applicants in terms of 'time-to-current' because the lost Green Cards of the last 2 years are gone for good and are not coming back.
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 2022

F1Dec 1, 2014NoneFebruary 2022 did not yield any advancement for F1-All Countries, as expected. We are not expecting any forward movement until at least July 2022 and most likely October 2022. This is because the Visa Bullein dates advanced at a very rapid pace during the Covid-19 pandemic when Interviews were simply not taking place. Because the 'lost' Green Cards of the last 2 years are not coming back, expect 'time-to-current' to go up.

At the same time, the number of F1 interviews is going up, and we are about 75% of the way back, according to our analysis.
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 2022

F2AFeb 1, 2022+4 weeksF2A analysis and predictions are in the process of being updated. The update by Immigration Planner should be released at the end of January 2022 Please check back soon.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 2022

F2BSep 22, 2015NoneFiscal Year 2020 and 2021 have essentially been on par with the average of the last decade, even when the number of F2B interviews was severely reduced by the pandemic. As a consequence, there is a backlog of worldwide F2B applications that are either already ‘documentarily qualified’ at the National Visa Center (NVC) and the State Department will need to go through that backlog before we can see the dates move forward again.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 2022

F3Nov 22, 2008NoneFebruary 2022 did not yield any advancement for F3-All Countries, as expected. As with most 'preference' categories, we are not expecting any forward movement for F3 until at least the end of the current Fiscal Year in September 2022. This is because the Final Action Date for F3 has moved forward at an incredible pace since October 2017. Fiscal Year 2020 (from October 2019 to September 2020) was even the best of the last 20 years, and half of that year was during pandemic yeasr when when almost no F3 interviews were taking place.

We are expecting 'time to current' to increase, because of the 'lost' Green Cards of the last 2 years.

Of important and immediate concerns is whether all the F3 Green Cards are going to be issued this current fiscal year (from October 2021 to September 2022). We are doing better in terms of Consular Interviews taking place and F3 Green Cards being issued, but we are only 70% of the way back, and F3 seems to be lagging other preferences (see our full analysis for details).
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 2022

F4Mar 22, 2007NoneIn February 2020, the Final Action Date of F4-All Countries retrogressed considerably. This was due to a massive miscalculation from the Visa Office of the State Department: they were worried about unused F4 visas (because of a low response rate to the NVC's Welcome Letters), but advanced the VB dates too much, creating a significant backlog of interview-ready applications and forcing them to limit the number of interviews that could take place by retrogressing the F.A.D.

This was terrible, but at least it set wordwide F4 dates on a different trajectory as a lot of other preferences. When the Visa Office kept advancing dates for other preferences (such as F1, F2B, or F3) even when almost no Consular Interviews were taking place, they did not do that for F4 because they knew they already had a backlog of interviews to schedule. In other words, F4- All Countries VB dates better reflect the reality of the current situation than other preferences and, as a result, we are expecting to see these dates move sooner and with more momentum than others.

This hope is strengthened by the fact that F4-Interviews are, according to Immigration Planner's detailed analysis of State Department data, getting to 80%+ pre-pandemic levels. There will however be a price to pay for recent and future applicants in terms of 'time-to-current' because the lost Green Cards of the last 2 years are gone for good and are not coming back.
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:

Status
Yes, the Filing Date can be used
Yes, the Filing Date can be used
Yes, the Filing Date can be used
Yes, the Filing Date can be used
Yes, 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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