F2A-All Countries: Visa Bulletin Predictions

What does Immigration Planner predict?

Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F2A for 🌐All Countries.
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F2A, 🌐All Countries – Final Action Dates Predictions FY2019 – FY2021:

Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Oct 2018Aug 22, 2016
Nov 2018Sep 15, 2016
Dec 2018Oct 8, 2016
Jan 2019Nov 8, 2016
Feb 2019Dec 1, 2016
Mar 2019Jan 8, 2017
Apr 2019Feb 8, 2017
May 2019Mar 8, 2017
Jun 2019Apr 8, 2017
Jul 2019May 8, 2017
Aug 2019Jun 8, 2017
Sep 2019Jul 8, 2017
Oct 2019Aug 8, 2017
Nov 2019Sep 1, 2017
Dec 2019Oct 8, 2017
Jan 2020Nov 1, 2017
Feb 2020Dec 1, 2017
Mar 2020Jan 1, 2018
Apr 2020Feb 1, 2018
May 2020Mar 1, 2018
Jun 2020Apr 1, 2018
Jul 2020May 1, 2018
Aug 2020Jun 1, 2018
Sep 2020Jul 1, 2018
Oct 2020Aug 1, 2018
Nov 2020Sep 1, 2018
Dec 2020Oct 1, 2018
Jan 2021Nov 1, 2018
Feb 2021Nov 22, 2018
Mar 2021Dec 22, 2018
Apr 2021Jan 22, 2019
May 2021Feb 22, 2019
Jun 2021Mar 22, 2019
Jul 2021Apr 22, 2019
Aug 2021May 22, 2019
Sep 2021Jun 22, 2019

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Mar 2019
Chargeability:All Countries
Final Action Date:Jan 8, 2017
Movement:+5 weeks
The 5-week advancement is a nice surprise, as we were expecting a 3-week advancement in March 2019. There is so far no sign of the kind of slowdown that has plagued both Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018 for F2A-All Countries (nice starts followed by a pace of advancement that slowed considerably in the second half).

See here for F2A 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 2019Jan 8, 2017+5 weeks
Feb 2019Dec 1, 2016+3 weeks
Jan 2019Nov 8, 2016+4 weeks
Dec 2018Oct 8, 2016+3 weeks
Nov 2018Sep 15, 2016+3 weeks
Oct 2018Aug 22, 2016+4 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
Dec 1, 2017+1 weeksUSCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days

Historically, how long did it take for F2A applicants to become ‘current’?

This is how long it took for prior F2A-All Countries applicants to have their priority date become current, plus our prediction for the next few years:

When will the Interview be scheduled?

The process of scheduling the interview is intiated 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…).

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 ends up being in the bottom third. The year started well, but then slowed down:

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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