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 2018Nov 22, 2011
Nov 2018Jan 1, 2012
Dec 2018Feb 15, 2012
Jan 2019Mar 15, 2012
Feb 2019May 1, 2012
Mar 2019Aug 1, 2012
Apr 2019Sep 1, 2012
May 2019Oct 1, 2012
Jun 2019Nov 1, 2012
Jul 2019Dec 8, 2012
Aug 2019Jan 8, 2013
Sep 2019Feb 8, 2013
Oct 2019Mar 8, 2013
Nov 2019Apr 8, 2013
Dec 2019May 15, 2013
Jan 2020Jun 15, 2013
Feb 2020Jul 15, 2013
Mar 2020Aug 15, 2013
Apr 2020Sep 15, 2013
May 2020Oct 22, 2013
Jun 2020Nov 22, 2013
Jul 2020Dec 22, 2013
Aug 2020Jan 22, 2014
Sep 2020Feb 22, 2014
Oct 2020Mar 22, 2014
Nov 2020Apr 22, 2014
Dec 2020Jun 1, 2014
Jan 2021Jul 1, 2014
Feb 2021Aug 1, 2014
Mar 2021Sep 1, 2014
Apr 2021Oct 1, 2014
May 2021Nov 1, 2014
Jun 2021Dec 8, 2014
Jul 2021Jan 8, 2015
Aug 2021Feb 8, 2015
Sep 2021Mar 15, 2015

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:Aug 1, 2012
Movement:+13 weeks
March 2019 saw an unpredictable 13-week advancement for F2B-All Countries. Does that mean that USCIS has been unable to build an 'inventory' of applications last year (Fiscal Year 2018 was very strong) and this year (Fiscal Year 2019 has been strong so far)? That is what it looks like. But it also means that they might 'overreach' and we might have a future of prolonged periods of no-advancement, or worse retrogressions.

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
Mar 2019Aug 1, 2012+13 weeks
Feb 2019May 1, 2012+6 weeks
Jan 2019Mar 15, 2012+4 weeks
Dec 2018Feb 15, 2012+6 weeks
Nov 2018Jan 1, 2012+5 weeks
October 2018Nov 22, 2011+3 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
Jun 22, 2014NoneUSCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days

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)?-9.5
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 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 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 slightly better than average. This certainly was much better than what anyone could have predicted after such a difficult start of the Fiscal Year:

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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