Mexico – August 2020 Visa Bulletin

What is Visa Bulletin – 🇲🇽Mexico about?
Analysis of the August 2020 Visa Bulletin issued by the U.S. State Department for Family Green Card Applicants who were born in Mexico.

August 2020 Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇲🇽Mexico Visa Bulletin for August 2020

F1Dec 22, 1997+2 weeksSign of life that we have now seen since February are again confirmed in the May to August period. After 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. It is good that the backlog has still not been fully digested.F1 Predictions
F2AAug 1, 2020+4 weeksF2A has now been 'current' for all countries of chargeability (including Mexico and the Philippines for more than a year.

We never expected this 'current' situation to last that long, and we were even lead by the Visa Office to expect a cutoff date to be re-established in the first few months of 2020.

Now, however, with the combination of Covid-19 and the Green Card suspension, we have every reason to believe that F2A will remain 'current' at least until the end of the present Fiscal Year in September 2020 --> only the 5% of F2A applicants who file from within the United States can have an interview scheduled at the moment, so that is not going to use many of the available Green Cards.

In any instance, all applicants who can take advantage of the situation should (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
F2BMar 22, 1999+2 weeksAre the better times that we have seen over the last few years (5 of the last 6 years have seen an advancement that is above average) definitely back?

It does look like it.

The advancement has been solid since the beginning of the Fiscal Year in October- except for a brief pause in December and January.
F2B Predictions
F3Jul 15, 1996+1 weeksThe 'backlog' of application created during Fiscal Year 2018 has finally been processed.

The advancement that we are seeing since January 2020 clearly indicates that. Even if the advancement in the June to August 2020 period is not as strong as what we have see in April and May, there is no cause for re-evaluating that assessment

So an indication of better things to come.
F3 Predictions
F4Jun 15, 1998+2 weeksThe rate of advancement has been progressing in March, April, May, and to a lesser extent in June, July, and August- which is great news.

1) The 'technical retrogression' from July to September 2019 is over;
2) The 'backlog' of applications might be fully processed;
3) F4-Mex has been slower these last 10 years, and is due for a bit of a rebound.
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 - August 2020

F1Dec 22, 1997+2 weeksSign of life that we have now seen since February are again confirmed in the May to August period. After 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. It is good that the backlog has still not been fully digested.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 - August 2020

F2AAug 1, 2020+4 weeksF2A has now been 'current' for all countries of chargeability (including Mexico and the Philippines for more than a year.

We never expected this 'current' situation to last that long, and we were even lead by the Visa Office to expect a cutoff date to be re-established in the first few months of 2020.

Now, however, with the combination of Covid-19 and the Green Card suspension, we have every reason to believe that F2A will remain 'current' at least until the end of the present Fiscal Year in September 2020 --> only the 5% of F2A applicants who file from within the United States can have an interview scheduled at the moment, so that is not going to use many of the available Green Cards.

In any instance, all applicants who can take advantage of the situation should (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 - August 2020

F2BMar 22, 1999+2 weeksAre the better times that we have seen over the last few years (5 of the last 6 years have seen an advancement that is above average) definitely back?

It does look like it.

The advancement has been solid since the beginning of the Fiscal Year in October- except for a brief pause in December and January.
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 - August 2020

F3Jul 15, 1996+1 weeksThe 'backlog' of application created during Fiscal Year 2018 has finally been processed.

The advancement that we are seeing since January 2020 clearly indicates that. Even if the advancement in the June to August 2020 period is not as strong as what we have see in April and May, there is no cause for re-evaluating that assessment

So an indication of better things to come.
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 - August 2020

F4Jun 15, 1998+2 weeksThe rate of advancement has been progressing in March, April, May, and to a lesser extent in June, July, and August- which is great news.

1) The 'technical retrogression' from July to September 2019 is over;
2) The 'backlog' of applications might be fully processed;
3) F4-Mex has been slower these last 10 years, and is due for a bit of a rebound.
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
F1Feb 1, 2000+3 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2AJul 1, 2020+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BNov 8, 1999+3 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Aug 1, 2000+2 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4April 1, 1999+3 weeksYes, 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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