All Countries – November 2019 Visa Bulletin

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

November 2019 Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🌐All Countries Visa Bulletin for November 2019

F1Mar 1, 2013+6 weeksAfter 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 the beginning of Fiscal Year 2020. But the Visa Office indicated in October 2019 that short-term movement was going to be 'up to 2 months', and that was certainly true in November. The specter of a retrogression is disappearing...F1 Predictions
F2ANov 1, 2019+4 weeksFor the fifth month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability. According to comments published by the Visa Office in October 2019, this situation should last until until February 2020 included. 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).F2A Predictions
F2BJul 8, 2014+5 weeksFiscal 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 in October 2019 that short-term movement would be 'up to 6 weeks' and November 2019 delivered on that promise. Prospects are solid.F2B Predictions
F3Oct 15, 2007+4 weeksWe 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 in October 2019 that short-term movement of 'up to a month' and November 2019 delivered on that promise. No retrogression on the horizon.F3 Predictions
F4Jan 1, 2007+5 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 were hoping that a retrogression could be avoided. So far, so good. And by indicating in October 2019 short-term movement 'up to 6 weeks', the Visa Office is sent positive signals and delivered in November 2019.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 - November 2019

F1Mar 1, 2013+6 weeksAfter 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 the beginning of Fiscal Year 2020. But the Visa Office indicated in October 2019 that short-term movement was going to be 'up to 2 months', and that was certainly true in November. The specter of a retrogression is disappearing...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 - November 2019

F2ANov 1, 2019+4 weeksFor the fifth month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability. According to comments published by the Visa Office in October 2019, this situation should last until until February 2020 included. 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).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 - November 2019

F2BJul 8, 2014+5 weeksFiscal 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 in October 2019 that short-term movement would be 'up to 6 weeks' and November 2019 delivered on that promise. Prospects are solid.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 - November 2019

F3Oct 15, 2007+4 weeksWe 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 in October 2019 that short-term movement of 'up to a month' and November 2019 delivered on that promise. No retrogression on the horizon.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 - November 2019

F4Jan 1, 2007+5 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 were hoping that a retrogression could be avoided. So far, so good. And by indicating in October 2019 short-term movement 'up to 6 weeks', the Visa Office is sent positive signals and delivered in November 2019.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
F1Sep 1, 2013+6 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2ASep 1, 2019+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BJan 8, 2015+5 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Apr 15, 2008+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4July 1, 2007+6 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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