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:||Aug 2019|
|Final Action Date:||Aug 1, 2019|
Obviously 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.
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.
|Aug 2019||Aug 1, 2019||+4 weeks|
|Jul 2019||Jul 1, 2019||+104 weeks|
|Jun 2019||Jul 1, 2017||+8 weeks|
|May 2019||May 1, 2017||+10 weeks|
|Apr 2019||Feb 15, 2017||+8 weeks|
|Mar 2019||Dec 15, 2016||+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:
|Jun 1, 2019||+12 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:
Aug 13, 2019