What is the latest?
|Visa Bulletin Date:||Oct 2018|
|Final Action Date:||Aug 22, 2016|
In October 2018, F2A – All Countries started Fiscal Year 2019 (October 2018 to September 2019) with a solid 4-week advancement. As we had hoped, the lack of movement we saw in September 2018 was just a way to temporarily manage the number of Green Cards issued.
Visa Bulletin Month
Final Action Date
|Oct 2018||Aug 22, 2016||+4 weeks|
|Sep 2018||Jul 22, 2016||None|
|Aug 2018||Jul 22, 2016||+4 weeks|
|Jul 2018||Jun 22, 2016||+2 weeks|
|Jun 2018||Jun 8, 2016||+1 weeks|
|May 2018||Jun 1, 2016||+4 weeks|
What does Immigration Planner predict?
As we had hoped, it looks like the lack of advancement in September 2018 was simply a way for U.S. immigration agencies to manage the number of interviews and stay under annual numerical limits. Our predictions for the Final Action Dates are as follows:
I am going through adjustment of status, what else applies to me?
Applicants going through adjustment of status are allowed to use the following ‘Filing Date’ of the October 2018 Visa Bulletin to determine if they are allowed to file Form I-485:
Dec 1, 2017
Historically, how long did it take for F2A applicants to become ‘current’?
Looking back, this is how long it took for prior applicants to have their priority date become current. For F2A, the latest available data shows it took just under 2 years:
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 thick red line). Fiscal Year 2018 ends up being in the bottom third, just like Fiscal Year 2017. The year started well, but then slowed down:
What happened during Fiscal Year 2017?
Fiscal Year 2017 refers to the period from October 2016 to September 2017. Fiscal Year 2017 was not an impressive year for the advancement of F2A, similarly in the bottom third. The following graph compares the last 20 years of the Visa Bulletin with Fiscal Year 2017 (represented by the thick blue line).
When will Immigration Planner update its predictions and why?
The next update will be around October 10th, 2018 when the Visa Bulletin for November 2018 will be released by U.S. immigration agencies. Immigration Planner is updating its predictions every month based on the latest available Visa Bulletin.