Mexico – January 2020 Visa Bulletin

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

January 2020 Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇲🇽Mexico Visa Bulletin for February 2020

F1Aug 22, 1997+2 weeksFinally a sign of life in February 2020. 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
F2AFeb 1, 2020+4 weeksFor the 8th month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, but this situation will end soon, and anybody who can take advantage of the situation should. 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
F2BSep 15, 1998+3 weeksAfter a two-month pause in Dec '19 and Jan '20, Feb '20 is showing advancement again. Fiscal Year 2019 has been the best of the last 20 years for F2B - Mexico, and we had a good start of Fiscal Year 2020 with a solid advancement in both October and November 2019. Times are generally still better for F2B-Mexico as 5 of the last 6 years (2016 being the exception) having been above average.F2B Predictions
F3Mar 22, 1996+3 weeksFiscal Year 2019 was a year to forget, and there is early indication that Fiscal Year 2020 will be similarly disappointing. 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 11-week advancement in October 2019 that put us back where we were before retrogressions. But there was no advancement in November or December 2019, and January 2020 is limited to one week.F3 Predictions
F4Jan 15, 1998+1 weeksEven if the 'technical retrogression' from July to September 2019 is over, Fiscal Year 2020 did not start well. January 2020 and February 2020 are good news though. Generally, F4 has been slower these last 10 years and it has not looked so far that Fiscal Year 2020 will change that, but this is a positive sign.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 - February 2020

F1Aug 22, 1997+2 weeksFinally a sign of life in February 2020. 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 - February 2020

F2AFeb 1, 2020+4 weeksFor the 8th month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, but this situation will end soon, and anybody who can take advantage of the situation should. 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 - February 2020

F2BSep 15, 1998+3 weeksAfter a two-month pause in Dec '19 and Jan '20, Feb '20 is showing advancement again. Fiscal Year 2019 has been the best of the last 20 years for F2B - Mexico, and we had a good start of Fiscal Year 2020 with a solid advancement in both October and November 2019. Times are generally still 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 - February 2020

F3Mar 22, 1996+3 weeksFiscal Year 2019 was a year to forget, and there is early indication that Fiscal Year 2020 will be similarly disappointing. 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 11-week advancement in October 2019 that put us back where we were before retrogressions. But there was no advancement in November or December 2019, and January 2020 is limited to one week.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 - February 2020

F4Jan 15, 1998+1 weeksEven if the 'technical retrogression' from July to September 2019 is over, Fiscal Year 2020 did not start well. January 2020 and February 2020 are good news though. Generally, F4 has been slower these last 10 years and it has not looked so far that Fiscal Year 2020 will change that, but this is a positive sign.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
F2ADec 1, 2019+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BMay 15, 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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