What is the latest?
|Visa Bulletin Date:||Oct 2018|
|Final Action Date:||Nov 22, 2011|
In October 2018, F2B – All Countries started Fiscal Year 2019 (October 2018 to September 2019) with a 3-week advancement. This is a good sign after what has been a very strong last 6 months.
|Oct 2018||Nov 22, 2011||+3 weeks|
|Sep 2018||Nov 1, 2011||+1 weeks|
|Aug 2018||Oct 22, 2011||+9 weeks|
|Jul 2018||Aug 15, 2011||+7 weeks|
|Jun 2018||Jun 22, 2011||+5 weeks|
|May 2018||May 15, 2011||+5 weeks|
What does Immigration Planner predict?
With no regression in September 2018 and a 3-week advancement in October 2018, U.S. immigration agencies seem to indicate that they do not believe that they have built too much ‘inventory’ (pending application) with the rapid advancement that we witnessed over the last 6 months. 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:
Mar 22, 2014
Historically, how long did it take for F2B applicants to become ‘current’?
Looking back, this is how long it took for prior applicants to have their priority date become current. For F2B, the latest available data shows it took just under 7 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 stay in F2B by ‘opting-out’ of F1. Should they stay? Right now, they should strongly consider it. For ‘all countries’, F2B is currently ‘ahead’ of F1 by almost 7 months:
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 slightly better than average. This certainly is much better than what anyone could have predicted after such a difficult start of the Fiscal Year:
What happened during Fiscal Year 2017?
Fiscal Year 2017 refers to the period from October 2016 to September 2017. Fiscal year 2017 was a weak year for the advancement of F2B. After a ‘normal’ start of the fiscal year, things stalled. 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.