Mexico – June 2019 Visa Bulletin

What is Visa Bulletin – 🇲🇽Mexico about?
Analysis of the June 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 August 2019

F1Aug 1, 1996NoneSo after generating enough applications through aggressive advancement during Fiscal Year 2018, it looks like U.S. immigration agencies have enough applicants who are 'interview-ready' to meet the annual numerical limits. It is therefore highly unlikely that we will see any positive movement before October 2019.F1 Predictions
F2AAug 1, 2019+4 weeksObviously the State Department thinks it was significantly behind in terms of F2A Green Cards issued for Fiscal Year 2019, and running the risk of not using all their quotas. Moving to 'current' means that interviews for all applicants who are 'interview-ready' can be scheduled. 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 July 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in July 2019 and August 2019.F2A Predictions
F2BJun 1, 1998+6 weeksIt is highly recommended to take advantage of the rapid F2B advancement in this Fiscal Year 2019, as it seems to contain the seeds of a future retrogression. The current pace is significantly above anything we have seen in the last 20 years, so this is unlikely to continue for long.F2B Predictions
F3Dec 1, 1995+21 weeksWe thought the advancement of Fiscal Year 2018 created enough applications that are 'interview-ready' for the annual numerical limits to be reached. And that the focus of U.S. immigration agencies was actually to limit the number of interviews. So August 2019 is a big suprise. If you think this does not make sense, you are not the only one.F3 Predictions
F4Jan 1, 1997NoneIn spite of limited, below-average advancement during the last few years, it looks like F4 - Mexico will shut down for the rest of the Fiscal Year and that we will not see positive movement until October 2019.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 2019

F1Aug 1, 1996NoneSo after generating enough applications through aggressive advancement during Fiscal Year 2018, it looks like U.S. immigration agencies have enough applicants who are 'interview-ready' to meet the annual numerical limits. It is therefore highly unlikely that we will see any positive movement before October 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 - August 2019

F2AAug 1, 2019+4 weeksObviously the State Department thinks it was significantly behind in terms of F2A Green Cards issued for Fiscal Year 2019, and running the risk of not using all their quotas. Moving to 'current' means that interviews for all applicants who are 'interview-ready' can be scheduled. 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 July 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in July 2019 and August 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 - August 2019

F2BJun 1, 1998+6 weeksIt is highly recommended to take advantage of the rapid F2B advancement in this Fiscal Year 2019, as it seems to contain the seeds of a future retrogression. The current pace is significantly above anything we have seen in the last 20 years, so this is unlikely to continue for long.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 2019

F3Dec 1, 1995+21 weeksWe thought the advancement of Fiscal Year 2018 created enough applications that are 'interview-ready' for the annual numerical limits to be reached. And that the focus of U.S. immigration agencies was actually to limit the number of interviews. So August 2019 is a big suprise. If you think this does not make sense, you are not the only one.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 2019

F4Jan 1, 1997NoneIn spite of limited, below-average advancement during the last few years, it looks like F4 - Mexico will shut down for the rest of the Fiscal Year and that we will not see positive movement until October 2019.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 1, 1999+1 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2AJun 1, 2019+12 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BFeb 1, 1999+5 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Jul 15, 2000+1 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4December 15, 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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