What does Immigration Planner predict?
Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F2A for 🇲🇽Mexico.
Spouses of Green Card holders, or young Children of Green Card holders who are not married.
What is the latest?
|Visa Bulletin Date:||Feb 2021|
|Final Action Date:||Feb 1, 2021|
As long as the Green Card Suspension, which stopped processing of Consular F2A, is in effect, F2A should remain 'current'. How quickly will the Biden Administration remove the suspension, and how quickly will that impact the Visa Bulletin is however an open question. This is important: when F2A Consular Processing resumes however, we are talking about trying to fit ~18 months of demand into at most a 9-month window (which is then likely to lead to a cut-off date being re-established at some point in 2021). As for the near future however, the Feb 2020 Visa Bulletin indicates that F2A should remain 'current' in the coming months.
Note: U.S. immigration agencies ‘Fiscal Year’ is from October to the following September. It is different from a ‘Calendar’ year. For example Fiscal Year 2018 is from October 2017 to September 2018, and Fiscal Year 2019 is from October 2018 to September 2019.
|Feb 2021||Feb 1, 2021||+4 weeks|
|Jan 2021||Jan 1, 2021||+4 weeks|
|Dec 2020||Dec 1, 2020||+4 weeks|
|Nov 2020||Nov 1, 2020||+4 weeks|
|Oct 2020||Oct 1, 2020||+4 weeks|
|Sep 2020||Sep 1, 2020||+4 weeks|
I am going through adjustment of status, what else applies to me?
Applicants going through Adjustment of Status are often allowed to use the ‘Filing Date’ of the Visa Bulletin to determine when they are allowed to file Form I-485. Here is the latest:
|Jan 1, 2021||+21 weeks||✔︎ Yes, the Filing Date can be used|
Historically, how long did it take for F2A-Mexico applicants to become ‘current’?
This is how long it took for prior F2A-Mexico applicants to have their priority date become current, plus our prediction for the next few years:
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.
What happened during Fiscal Year 2018?
Fiscal Year 2018 refers to the period from October 2017 to September 2018. The following graph compares the last 20 years of the Visa Bulletin with Fiscal Year 2018 (represented by the annotated line). Fiscal Year 2018 was below the average of the last 20 years for F2A-Mexico:
When will Immigration Planner update its predictions?
We expect to update our predictions the day after the next Visa Bulletin is released. Our best guess as to when we will update these predictions is as follows:
Feb 19, 2020