F4-India: Visa Bulletin Predictions

What does Immigration Planner predict?

Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F4 for 🇮🇳India.
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F4, 🇮🇳India – Final Action Dates Predictions FY2019 – FY2021:

Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Apr 2021Apr 8, 2005
May 2021Apr 22, 2005
Jun 2021May 15, 2005
Jul 2021Jun 1, 2005
Aug 2021Jun 22, 2005
Sep 2021Jul 8, 2005
Oct 2021Jul 22, 2005
Nov 2021Aug 15, 2005
Dec 2021Sep 1, 2005
Jan 2022Sep 22, 2005
Feb 2022Oct 8, 2005
Mar 2022Oct 22, 2005
Apr 2022Nov 15, 2005
May 2022Dec 8, 2005
Jun 2022Dec 22, 2005
Jul 2022Jan 8, 2006
Aug 2022Jan 22, 2006
Sep 2022Feb 15, 2006
Oct 2022Mar 8, 2006
Nov 2022Mar 22, 2006
Dec 2022Apr 15, 2006
Jan 2023May 1, 2006
Feb 2023May 22, 2006
Mar 2023Jun 8, 2006
Apr 2023Jun 22, 2006
May 2023Jul 15, 2006
Jun 2023Aug 1, 2006
Jul 2023Aug 22, 2006
Aug 2023Sep 8, 2006
Sep 2023Sep 22, 2006
Oct 2023Oct 15, 2006
Nov 2023Nov 8, 2006
Dec 2023Nov 22, 2006
Jan 2024Dec 15, 2006
Feb 2024Jan 1, 2007
Mar 2024Jan 22, 2007

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Apr 2021
Final Action Date:Apr 8, 2005
Movement:+2 weeks
What goes for F4-All Countries generally goes for F4-India. In Feb '20, F4 suffered a retrogression. The Visa Office said at the time that it was due to a 'dramatic increase' in the number of Documentarily Qualified (DQ) applications, and that they felt they had enough application for the entire Fiscal Year (so until September 2020). Considering that very few of these DQ applications ended up having an Interview, that backlog is still there. As a result, if there is any movement in Fiscal Year 2021, it should be very limited (Jan and Feb 2020 are in line with that prediction).

Predictions for F4 All CountriesMexico 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
Apr 2021
Apr 8, 2005
+2 weeks
Mar 2021Mar 22, 2005+1 weeks
Feb 2021Mar 15, 2005None
Jan 2021Mar 15, 2005+1 weeks
Nov 2020Mar 8, 2005None
Oct 2020Mar 8, 2005None

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
F4Dec 1, 2005NoneYes, 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-India 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, …).

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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 middle:

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:

Apr 22, 2020

Form I-485 Adjustment of Status.