F2B-All Countries: Visa Bulletin Predictions

What does Immigration Planner predict?

Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F2B for 🌐All Countries.
Children of Green Card holders who are adults, but not married.

F2B, All Countries – Final Action Dates Predictions FY2019 – FY2021:

Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Oct 2021Oct 22, 2015
Nov 2021Nov 22, 2015
Dec 2021Jan 1, 2016
Jan 2022Feb 8, 2016
Feb 2022Mar 8, 2016
Mar 2022Apr 15, 2016
Apr 2022May 22, 2016
May 2022Jun 22, 2016
Jun 2022Jul 22, 2016
Jul 2022Sep 1, 2016
Aug 2022Oct 8, 2016
Sep 2022Nov 8, 2016
Oct 2022Dec 15, 2016
Nov 2022Jan 15, 2017
Dec 2022Feb 22, 2017
Jan 2023Mar 22, 2017
Feb 2023May 1, 2017
Mar 2023Jun 8, 2017
Apr 2023Jul 8, 2017
May 2023Aug 15, 2017
Jun 2023Sep 15, 2017
Jul 2023Oct 22, 2017
Aug 2023Nov 22, 2017
Sep 2023Jan 1, 2018
Oct 2023Feb 8, 2018
Nov 2023Mar 8, 2018
Dec 2023Apr 15, 2018
Jan 2024May 22, 2018
Feb 2024Jun 22, 2018
Mar 2024Jul 22, 2018
Apr 2024Sep 1, 2018
May 2024Oct 8, 2018
Jun 2024Nov 8, 2018
Jul 2024Dec 15, 2018
Aug 2024Jan 22, 2019
Sep 2024Feb 22, 2019

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Sep 2021
Chargeability:All Countries
Final Action Date:Sep 22, 2015
F2B progressed more after the pandemic (from Apr '20 to Sep '20) than before (from Oct '19 to Mar '20), which was very surprising. Especially after a Fiscal Year 2019 which was by far the best of the last 20 years. This seems to indicate that there is difficulty generating enough documentarily qualified candidates in this category. Which might in turn limit risks of retrogressions if any. In any instance, we are seeing here advancement again, and the Feb 2020 Visa Bulletin indicates that potential monthly movement in the near future might be 'up to two weeks'.

See here for F2B 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
Sep 2021Sep 22, 2015None
Aug 2021Sep 22, 2015+1 weeks
Jul 2021Sep 15, 2015+3 weeks
Jun 2021Aug 22, 2015+1 weeks
May 2021Aug 15, 2015+1 weeks
Apr 2021Aug 8, 2015+2 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
Jan 8, 2015+5 weeks✔︎ Yes, the Filing Date can be used

Historically, how long did it take for F2B applicants to become ‘current’?

This is how long it took for prior F2B-All Countries applicants to have their priority date become current, plus our prediction for the next few years:

Should you stay in F2B by ‘opting out’ of F1?

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)?-9.8
Last update? September 2021

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 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…).

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. It was clearly an incredible year for F2B 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:

Oct 22, 2021

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