F4-All Countries: Visa Bulletin Predictions

What does Immigration Planner predict?

Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F4 for 🌐All Countries.
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F4, All Countries – Final Action Dates Predictions FY2019 – FY2021:

Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Aug 2020Sep 8, 2006
Sep 2020Oct 1, 2006
Oct 2020Oct 22, 2006
Nov 2020Nov 22, 2006
Dec 2020Dec 15, 2006
Jan 2021Jan 15, 2007
Feb 2021Feb 1, 2007
Mar 2021Mar 1, 2007
Apr 2021Mar 22, 2007
May 2021Apr 22, 2007
Jun 2021May 15, 2007
Jul 2021Jun 15, 2007
Aug 2021Jul 8, 2007
Sep 2021Aug 1, 2007
Oct 2021Aug 22, 2007
Nov 2021Sep 22, 2007
Dec 2021Oct 15, 2007
Jan 2022Nov 15, 2007
Feb 2022Dec 8, 2007
Mar 2022Jan 1, 2008
Apr 2022Jan 22, 2008
May 2022Feb 22, 2008
Jun 2022Mar 15, 2008
Jul 2022Apr 8, 2008
Aug 2022May 8, 2008
Sep 2022Jun 1, 2008
Oct 2022Jun 22, 2008
Nov 2022Jul 22, 2008
Dec 2022Aug 15, 2008
Jan 2023Sep 8, 2008
Feb 2023Oct 1, 2008
Mar 2023Oct 22, 2008
Apr 2023Nov 22, 2008
May 2023Dec 22, 2008
Jun 2023Jan 15, 2009
Jul 2023Feb 8, 2009

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Aug 2020
Chargeability:All Countries
Final Action Date:Sep 8, 2006
Movement:+2 weeks
There has been positive movement in the May - August 2020 period, and that is a bit of a surprise.

The assumption was that, after the retrogression of February, there would not be any advancement before October 2020. The Visa Office itself was saying so, talking about a 'dramatic increase' in F4 applications in recent months to explain the retrogression and imply that, because advancement picked up considerably since February 2019, they had enough Documentarily Qualified applicants to reach the Annual Numerical limits for F4.

So why the positive advancement? It feels more and more like a 'technical' adjustment, and we are wondering if the advancement of the date has any real impact on applicants.

Predictions for F4 IndiaMexico 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
Aug 2020Sep 8, 2006+2 weeks
Jul 2020Aug 22, 2006+2 weeks
Jun 2020Aug 8, 2006+2 weeks
May 2020Jul 22, 2006+3 weeks
Apr 2020Jul 1, 2006None
Mar 2020Jul 1, 2006None

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
Sep 1, 2007+2 weeks✔︎ Yes, the Filing Date can be used

Historically, how long did it take for F4 applicants to become ‘current’?

This is how long it took for prior F4-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 2019?

Fiscal Year 2019 refers to the period from October 2018 to September 2019 and is represented by the bright green line. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that is certainly the case here. After a pedestrian start of the year, F4-All Countries just skyrocketed into one of its best years ever:

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:

Aug 20, 2020

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