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 March 2019

F1Oct 22, 2011+4 weeksWith a 4-week advancement in March 2019, F1-All Countries is in line with our prediction. We maintain our overall prediction of a bit of a 'catch up' in Fiscal Year 2019 with an advancement of about 4 weeks per month (after the two great Fiscal Years of 2016 and 2017, Fiscal Year 2018 was one of the worst of the last 20 years).F1 Predictions
F2AJan 8, 2017+5 weeksThe 5-week advancement is a nice surprise, as we were expecting a 3-week advancement in March 2019. There is so far no sign of the kind of slowdown that has plagued both Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018 for F2A-All Countries (nice starts followed by a pace of advancement that slowed considerably in the second half).F2A Predictions
F2BAug 1, 2012+13 weeksMarch 2019 saw an unpredictable 13-week advancement for F2B-All Countries. Does that mean that USCIS has been unable to build an 'inventory' of applications last year (Fiscal Year 2018 was very strong) and this year (Fiscal Year 2019 has been strong so far)? That is what it looks like. But it also means that they might 'overreach' and we might have a future of prolonged periods of no-advancement, or worse retrogressions.F2B Predictions
F3Sep 8, 2006+2 weeksMarch 2019 is in line with our predictions with a 3-week advancement for F3-All Countries. The two-month streak of below expectations months (Jan 2019 and Feb 2019 with 1-week and 2-week advancements) is broken. F3 remains strong after a very strong Fiscal Year 2018 and a solid start of Fiscal Year 2019.F3 Predictions
F4Sep 22, 2005+13 weeksWith a 13-week advancement in March 2019, the shape of Fiscal Year 2019 is changing drastically for F4-All Countries. Not only does it look like we are definitely over the limited advancement we saw from October 2016 to around March 2018, but Fiscal Year 2019 is shaping up to be a very strong year.F4 Prediction 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 - March 2019

F1Oct 22, 2011+4 weeksWith a 4-week advancement in March 2019, F1-All Countries is in line with our prediction. We maintain our overall prediction of a bit of a 'catch up' in Fiscal Year 2019 with an advancement of about 4 weeks per month (after the two great Fiscal Years of 2016 and 2017, Fiscal Year 2018 was one of the worst of the last 20 years).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 - March 2019

F2AJan 8, 2017+5 weeksThe 5-week advancement is a nice surprise, as we were expecting a 3-week advancement in March 2019. There is so far no sign of the kind of slowdown that has plagued both Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018 for F2A-All Countries (nice starts followed by a pace of advancement that slowed considerably in the second half).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 - March 2019

F2BAug 1, 2012+13 weeksMarch 2019 saw an unpredictable 13-week advancement for F2B-All Countries. Does that mean that USCIS has been unable to build an 'inventory' of applications last year (Fiscal Year 2018 was very strong) and this year (Fiscal Year 2019 has been strong so far)? That is what it looks like. But it also means that they might 'overreach' and we might have a future of prolonged periods of no-advancement, or worse retrogressions.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 - March 2019

F3Sep 8, 2006+2 weeksMarch 2019 is in line with our predictions with a 3-week advancement for F3-All Countries. The two-month streak of below expectations months (Jan 2019 and Feb 2019 with 1-week and 2-week advancements) is broken. F3 remains strong after a very strong Fiscal Year 2018 and a solid start of Fiscal Year 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 - March 2019

F4Sep 22, 2005+13 weeksWith a 13-week advancement in March 2019, the shape of Fiscal Year 2019 is changing drastically for F4-All Countries. Not only does it look like we are definitely over the limited advancement we saw from October 2016 to around March 2018, but Fiscal Year 2019 is shaping up to be a very strong year.F4 Prediction 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
F1Apr 22, 2012+2 weeksUSCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days
F2ADec 8, 2017+1 weeksUSCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days
F2BJun 22, 2014NoneUSCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days
F3Mar 1, 2007+4 weeksUSCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days
F4June 22, 2006+1 weeksUSCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days

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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