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 September 2019

F1Aug 1, 1996NoneSo 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. We will have to wait for October 1st, 2019 and the new Fiscal Year for the technical retrogression of the last few months to hopefully disappear.F1 Predictions
F2ASep 1, 2019+4 weeksFor the third month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, including Mexico. If you can, take advantage of it because it will likely not last into the new Fiscal Year which starts October 1st, 2019. So for those going through Consular Processing, be ready and if you can, file the rest of your documents as soon as possible. Also, for those going through Adjustment of Status, USCIS clarified the Visa Bulletin by announcing that Spouses and Young Children of U.S. Green Card Holders can file concurrently (Form I-130 and I-485) in August and September 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in August and September 2019.F2A Predictions
F2BJul 1, 1998+4 weeksFiscal Year 2019 has been the best of the last 20 years for F2B - Mexico. Times are generally better with 5 of the last 6 years (2016 being the exception) have been above average. We will update our analysis for FY2020 in the coming weeks, see if this trend can keep going.F2B Predictions
F3Dec 1, 1995NoneFiscal 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. This year was all about managing scarcity, a situation that will hopefully end in October 2019.F3 Predictions
F4Jan 1, 1997NoneAs expected, F4 - Mexico has been shut down for the year, and we saw no advancement in September 2019. The last 10 years have now been below the average of the last 20 years. Is that a sign of tougher times to come for F4 - Mexico. Come back for our updated predictions for FY 2020 and beyond in the next few weeks.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 - September 2019

F1Aug 1, 1996NoneSo 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. We will have to wait for October 1st, 2019 and the new Fiscal Year for the technical retrogression of the last few months to hopefully disappear.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 - September 2019

F2ASep 1, 2019+4 weeksFor the third month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, including Mexico. If you can, take advantage of it because it will likely not last into the new Fiscal Year which starts October 1st, 2019. So for those going through Consular Processing, be ready and if you can, file the rest of your documents as soon as possible. Also, for those going through Adjustment of Status, USCIS clarified the Visa Bulletin by announcing that Spouses and Young Children of U.S. Green Card Holders can file concurrently (Form I-130 and I-485) in August and September 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in August and September 2019.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 - September 2019

F2BJul 1, 1998+4 weeksFiscal Year 2019 has been the best of the last 20 years for F2B - Mexico. Times are generally better with 5 of the last 6 years (2016 being the exception) have been above average. We will update our analysis for FY2020 in the coming weeks, see if this trend can keep going.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 - September 2019

F3Dec 1, 1995NoneFiscal 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. This year was all about managing scarcity, a situation that will hopefully end in October 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 - September 2019

F4Jan 1, 1997NoneAs expected, F4 - Mexico has been shut down for the year, and we saw no advancement in September 2019. The last 10 years have now been below the average of the last 20 years. Is that a sign of tougher times to come for F4 - Mexico. Come back for our updated predictions for FY 2020 and beyond in the next few weeks.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 8, 1999+1 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2AJul 1, 2019+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BMar 1, 1999+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Jul 15, 2000NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4December 22, 1998+1 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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