F1-All Countries: Visa Bulletin Predictions

What does Immigration Planner predict?

Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F1 for 🌐All Countries.
Children of U.S. Citizens who are adults, but not married.

F1, All Countries – Final Action Dates Predictions FY2019 – FY2021:

Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Oct 2019Jan 15, 2013
Nov 2019Mar 1, 2013
Dec 2019Apr 1, 2013
Jan 2020May 15, 2013
Feb 2020Jul 1, 2013
Mar 2020Aug 8, 2013
Apr 2020Sep 8, 2013
May 2020Oct 15, 2013
Jun 2020Nov 15, 2013
Jul 2020Dec 22, 2013
Aug 2020Jan 22, 2014
Sep 2020Mar 1, 2014
Oct 2020Apr 8, 2014
Nov 2020May 8, 2014
Dec 2020Jun 15, 2014
Jan 2021Jul 15, 2014
Feb 2021Aug 15, 2014
Mar 2021Sep 22, 2014
Apr 2021Oct 22, 2014
May 2021Nov 22, 2014
Jun 2021Jan 1, 2015
Jul 2021Feb 8, 2015
Aug 2021Mar 15, 2015
Sep 2021Apr 15, 2015
Oct 2021May 22, 2015
Nov 2021Jun 22, 2015
Dec 2021Jul 22, 2015
Jan 2022Sep 1, 2015
Feb 2022Oct 1, 2015
Mar 2022Nov 8, 2015
Apr 2022Dec 8, 2015
May 2022Jan 15, 2016
Jun 2022Feb 15, 2016
Jul 2022Mar 22, 2016
Aug 2022Apr 22, 2016
Sep 2022May 22, 2016

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Nov 2019
Chargeability:All Countries
Final Action Date:Mar 1, 2013
Movement:+6 weeks
After 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...

See F1 Mexico and the Philippines.

Note: U.S. immigration agencies ‘Fiscal Year’ is from October to the following September. It is different from a ‘Calendar’ year. For example Fiscal Year 2018 is from October 2017 to September 2018, and Fiscal Year 2019 is from October 2018 to September 2019.

Last Six
Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Nov 2019Mar 1, 2013+6 weeks
Oct 2019Jan 15, 2013+2 weeks
Sep 2019Jan 1, 2013+26 weeks
Aug 2019Jul 1, 2012+16 weeks
Jul 2019Mar 8, 2012+3 weeks
Jun 2019Feb 15, 2012+5 weeks

I am going through adjustment of status, what else applies to me?

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:

Filing Date
Sep 1, 2013+6 weeks✔︎ Yes, the Filing Date can be used

Historically, how long did it take for F1 applicants to become ‘current’?

This is how long it took for prior F1-All Countries applicants to have their priority date become current, plus our prediction for the next few years:

If you can, should you ‘opt-out’ of F1 right now?

When sponsors who were Green Card holders become U.S. Citizen, their over-21-year-old unmarried children are moved from F2B to F1. But these applicants can also ‘opt-out’ from F1 and stay in F2B. Should they? That is what we are trying to help applicants determine here:

Does F1 have an advantage over F2B?Yes
Should applicants 'opt-out' of F1?No
Where is F1 compared to F2B (in Months)?
Last update? November 2019

This is how F1 compared to F2B historically, and our prediction for the next few years:

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.

What happened during Fiscal Year 2019?

Fiscal Year 2019 refers to the period from October 2018 to September 2019 and is represented by the bright green line. Fiscal Year 2019 was a very strong year, comparable to 2016, and significantly better than the average of the last 20 years:

When will Immigration Planner update its predictions?

We expect to update our predictions the day after the next Visa Bulletin is released. Our best guess as to when we will update these predictions is as follows:

Dec 12, 2019

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