Mexico – November 2020 Visa Bulletin

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

Latest Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇲🇽Mexico Visa Bulletin for November 2020

F1Jan 8, 1998NoneThe advancement of the second half of Fiscal Year 2020 was surprinsgly strong considering that Green Card issuance essentially stopped. In hindsight, it looks more like the Visa Office just could not bother adjusting its approach to a totally new situation. Anticipate stagnation in the months ahead.F1 Predictions
F2ANov 1, 2020+4 weeksIt was expected for F2A to stay 'current' considering that it was 'current' before the pandemic and less applicants are being processed since. When F2A Consular Processing resumes however, we are talking about trying to fit 18 months of demand into a 9-month window. This is likely to lead to a cut-off date being re-established in the first few months of 2021.F2A Predictions
F2BApr 8, 1999NoneThe advancement of the second half of Fiscal Year 2020 was surprinsgly strong considering that Green Card issuance essentially stopped. In hindsight, it looks more like the Visa Office just could not bother adjusting its approach to a totally new situation. Anticipate stagnation in the months ahead. F2B Predictions
F3Aug 1, 1996NoneThe advancement of the second half of Fiscal Year 2020 was surprinsgly strong considering that Green Card issuance essentially stopped. In hindsight, it looks more like the Visa Office just could not bother adjusting its approach to a totally new situation. Anticipate stagnation in the months ahead. F3 Predictions
F4Jun 22, 1998NoneThe advancement of the second half of Fiscal Year 2020 was surprinsgly strong considering that Green Card issuance essentially stopped. In hindsight, it looks more like the Visa Office just could not bother adjusting its approach to a totally new situation. Anticipate stagnation in the months ahead. 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 2020

F1Jan 8, 1998NoneThe advancement of the second half of Fiscal Year 2020 was surprinsgly strong considering that Green Card issuance essentially stopped. In hindsight, it looks more like the Visa Office just could not bother adjusting its approach to a totally new situation. Anticipate stagnation in the months ahead.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 2020

F2ANov 1, 2020+4 weeksIt was expected for F2A to stay 'current' considering that it was 'current' before the pandemic and less applicants are being processed since. When F2A Consular Processing resumes however, we are talking about trying to fit 18 months of demand into a 9-month window. This is likely to lead to a cut-off date being re-established in the first few months of 2021.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 2020

F2BApr 8, 1999NoneThe advancement of the second half of Fiscal Year 2020 was surprinsgly strong considering that Green Card issuance essentially stopped. In hindsight, it looks more like the Visa Office just could not bother adjusting its approach to a totally new situation. Anticipate stagnation in the months ahead. 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 2020

F3Aug 1, 1996NoneThe advancement of the second half of Fiscal Year 2020 was surprinsgly strong considering that Green Card issuance essentially stopped. In hindsight, it looks more like the Visa Office just could not bother adjusting its approach to a totally new situation. Anticipate stagnation in the months ahead. 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 2020

F4Jun 22, 1998NoneThe advancement of the second half of Fiscal Year 2020 was surprinsgly strong considering that Green Card issuance essentially stopped. In hindsight, it looks more like the Visa Office just could not bother adjusting its approach to a totally new situation. Anticipate stagnation in the months ahead. 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 22, 2000NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2AAug 1, 2020NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BDec 1, 1999NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Aug 15, 2000NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4April 22, 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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