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 2018Jun 1, 2011
Nov 2018Jun 22, 2011
Dec 2018Aug 8, 2011
Jan 2019Aug 22, 2011
Feb 2019Sep 22, 2011
Mar 2019Oct 22, 2011
Apr 2019Nov 22, 2011
May 2019Dec 22, 2011
Jun 2019Jan 22, 2012
Jul 2019Feb 22, 2012
Aug 2019Apr 1, 2012
Sep 2019May 1, 2012
Oct 2019Jun 8, 2012
Nov 2019Jul 8, 2012
Dec 2019Aug 8, 2012
Jan 2020Sep 8, 2012
Feb 2020Oct 15, 2012
Mar 2020Nov 15, 2012
Apr 2020Dec 15, 2012
May 2020Jan 15, 2013
Jun 2020Feb 22, 2013
Jul 2020Mar 22, 2013
Aug 2020Apr 22, 2013
Sep 2020May 22, 2013
Oct 2020Jul 1, 2013
Nov 2020Aug 1, 2013
Dec 2020Sep 1, 2013
Jan 2021Oct 8, 2013
Feb 2021Nov 8, 2013
Mar 2021Dec 8, 2013
Apr 2021Jan 8, 2014
May 2021Feb 8, 2014
Jun 2021Mar 15, 2014
Jul 2021Apr 15, 2014
Aug 2021May 22, 2014
Sep 2021Jun 22, 2014

Don’t see your Priority Date? Want to know when your Interview will take place? Get more details with Immigration Planner.

What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Mar 2019
Chargeability:All Countries
Final Action Date:Oct 22, 2011
Movement:+4 weeks
With 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).

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
Mar 2019Oct 22, 2011+4 weeks
Feb 2019Sep 22, 2011+4 weeks
Jan 2019Aug 22, 2011+2 weeks
Dec 2018Aug 8, 2011+6 weeks
Nov 2018Jun 22, 2011+3 weeks
Oct 2018Jun 1, 2011+7 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
Apr 8, 2012+2 weeksUSCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days

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)?-9.5
Last update? March 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 2018?

Fiscal Year 2018 refers to the period from October 2017 to September 2018. The following graph compares the last 20 years of the Visa Bulletin with Fiscal Year 2018 (represented by the annotated line). Fiscal Year 2018 was one of the worst of the last 20 years for F1-All Countries:

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:

Mar 14, 2019

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