Mexico – September 2019 Visa Bulletin

What is Visa Bulletin – 🇲🇽Mexico about?
Analysis of the September 2019 Visa Bulletin issued by the U.S. State Department for Family Green Card Applicants who were born in Mexico.

June 2019 Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇲🇽Mexico Visa Bulletin for November 2019

F1Aug 8, 1997NoneAfter generating enough applications through aggressive advancement during Fiscal Year 2018, U.S. immigration agencies simply had enough applicants 'interview-ready' for the entirety of Fiscal Year 2019. As expected, 'technical retrogression' ended with the begining of the new Fiscal Year but the backlog has still not been fully digested and there was no positive movement in November 2019.F1 Predictions
F2ANov 1, 2019+4 weeksFor the fifth month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, including Mexico. According to comments published by the Visa Office in October 2019, this situation should last until until February 2020 included. Documentarily qualified candidates going through Consular Processing may hope for faster interviews. Applicants going through Adjustment of Status can file Form I-130 and I-485 concurrently; or file Form I-485 right away if they already filed Form I-130 (even if Form I-130 is not approved yet).F2A Predictions
F2BAug 22, 1998+3 weeksFiscal Year 2019 had been the best of the last 20 years for F2B - Mexico, we have a good start of Fiscal Year 2020 with a solid advancement in both October and November 2019. Times are generally better for F2B-Mexico as 5 of the last 6 years (2016 being the exception) having been above average.F2B Predictions
F3Feb 22, 1996NoneFiscal Year 2019 is a year to forget for F3 - All Countries. Obviously the advancement of Fiscal Year 2018 created enough applications that were 'interview-ready' for the entirety of the year. It was great news to see the new Fiscal Year begin with a strong 11-week advancement in October 2019, but that was followeed by a disappointing pause in November 2019.F3 Predictions
F4Dec 15, 1997NoneAs expected, it is the end of the 'technical retrogression' we had to endure from July to September 2019. The last 10 years have now been long-term historical trends. And now Fiscal Year 2020 is not starting well raising the specter of more of the same.F4 Predictions

For other areas see All Countries, and the Philippines.

What about F1? (Children of U.S. Citizens who are adults, but not married)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇲🇽Mexico, F1 - November 2019

F1Aug 8, 1997NoneAfter generating enough applications through aggressive advancement during Fiscal Year 2018, U.S. immigration agencies simply had enough applicants 'interview-ready' for the entirety of Fiscal Year 2019. As expected, 'technical retrogression' ended with the begining of the new Fiscal Year but the backlog has still not been fully digested and there was no positive movement in November 2019.F1 Predictions

This is an overview of our F1 predictions (see our 3-year predictions).


What about F2A? (Spouses of Green Card holders, or young Children of Green Card holders who are not married)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇲🇽Mexico, F2A - November 2019

F2ANov 1, 2019+4 weeksFor the fifth month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, including Mexico. According to comments published by the Visa Office in October 2019, this situation should last until until February 2020 included. Documentarily qualified candidates going through Consular Processing may hope for faster interviews. Applicants going through Adjustment of Status can file Form I-130 and I-485 concurrently; or file Form I-485 right away if they already filed Form I-130 (even if Form I-130 is not approved yet).F2A Predictions

This is an overview of our F2A predictions (see our 3-year predictions).


What about F2B? (Children of Green Card holders who are adults, but not married)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇲🇽Mexico, F2B - November 2019

F2BAug 22, 1998+3 weeksFiscal Year 2019 had been the best of the last 20 years for F2B - Mexico, we have a good start of Fiscal Year 2020 with a solid advancement in both October and November 2019. Times are generally better for F2B-Mexico as 5 of the last 6 years (2016 being the exception) having been above average.F2B Predictions

This is an overview of our F2B predictions (see our 3-year predictions).


What about F3? (Children of U.S. Citizens who are adults and married)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇲🇽Mexico, F3 - November 2019

F3Feb 22, 1996NoneFiscal Year 2019 is a year to forget for F3 - All Countries. Obviously the advancement of Fiscal Year 2018 created enough applications that were 'interview-ready' for the entirety of the year. It was great news to see the new Fiscal Year begin with a strong 11-week advancement in October 2019, but that was followeed by a disappointing pause in November 2019.F3 Predictions

This is an overview of our F3 predictions (see our 3-year predictions).


What about F4? (Brothers and Sisters of U.S. Citizens)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇲🇽Mexico, F4 - November 2019

F4Dec 15, 1997NoneAs expected, it is the end of the 'technical retrogression' we had to endure from July to September 2019. The last 10 years have now been long-term historical trends. And now Fiscal Year 2020 is not starting well raising the specter of more of the same.F4 Predictions

This is an overview of our F4 predictions (see our 3-year predictions).


If I am going through Adjustment of Status, can I use the Filing Date?

It is generally not easy for applicants from Mexico (except F2A) to use the ‘Filing Date’ of the Visa Bulletin because of how long they need to maintain legal status in the United States before they can file their Form I-485. Here is the latest:

Preference
Filing Date
Movement
Status
F1Nov 15, 1999NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2ASep 1, 2019+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BApr 22, 1999+3 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Jul 15, 2000NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4January 1, 1999NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used

When will the Interview be scheduled?

The process of scheduling the interview is initiated 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.

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