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
Dec 2020Sep 15, 2014
Jan 2021Oct 22, 2014
Feb 2021Nov 22, 2014
Mar 2021Jan 1, 2015
Apr 2021Feb 8, 2015
May 2021Mar 15, 2015
Jun 2021Apr 22, 2015
Jul 2021May 22, 2015
Aug 2021Jul 1, 2015
Sep 2021Aug 8, 2015
Oct 2021Sep 15, 2015
Nov 2021Oct 22, 2015
Dec 2021Nov 22, 2015
Jan 2022Jan 8, 2016
Feb 2022Feb 8, 2016
Mar 2022Mar 15, 2016
Apr 2022Apr 22, 2016
May 2022May 22, 2016
Jun 2022Jul 8, 2016
Jul 2022Aug 15, 2016
Aug 2022Sep 15, 2016
Sep 2022Oct 22, 2016
Oct 2022Dec 1, 2016
Nov 2022Jan 8, 2017
Dec 2022Feb 15, 2017
Jan 2023Mar 22, 2017
Feb 2023Apr 22, 2017
Mar 2023Jun 1, 2017
Apr 2023Jul 8, 2017
May 2023Aug 15, 2017
Jun 2023Sep 22, 2017
Jul 2023Oct 22, 2017
Aug 2023Dec 1, 2017
Sep 2023Jan 8, 2018
Oct 2023Feb 15, 2018
Nov 2023Mar 22, 2018

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Dec 2020
Chargeability:All Countries
Final Action Date:Sep 15, 2014
In spite of the Green Card suspension, Fiscal Year 2020 (from Oct '19 to Sep '20) was the best of the last 20 years, which did not make much sense. So beyond stability in the next few months, a substantial retrogression is to be feared in the early months of 2021.

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
Dec 2020Sep 15, 2014None
Nov 2020Sep 15, 2014None
Oct 2020Sep 15, 2014None
Sep 2020Sep 15, 2014+4 weeks
Aug 2020Aug 15, 2014+5 weeks
Jun 2020May 22, 2014+8 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
Jul 22, 2015None✔︎ 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?No
Should applicants 'opt-out' of F1?Yes
Where is F1 compared to F2B (in Months)?-9.9
Last update? December 2020

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 18, 2020

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