F2B-Mexico: Visa Bulletin Predictions

What does Immigration Planner predict?

Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F2B for 🇲🇽Mexico.
Children of Green Card holders who are adults, but not married.

F2B, Mexico – Final Action Dates Predictions FY2019 – FY2021:

Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Oct 2018May 15, 1997
Nov 2018Jun 8, 1997
Dec 2018Jun 8, 1997
Jan 2019Jun 8, 1997
Feb 2019Jul 22, 1997
Mar 2019Sep 22, 1997
Apr 2019Oct 1, 1997
May 2019Oct 22, 1997
Jun 2019Nov 22, 1997
Jul 2019Dec 15, 1997
Aug 2019Jan 15, 1998
Sep 2019Feb 8, 1998
Oct 2019Mar 8, 1998
Nov 2019Apr 1, 1998
Dec 2019Apr 22, 1998
Jan 2020May 22, 1998
Feb 2020Jun 22, 1998
Mar 2020Jul 15, 1998
Apr 2020Aug 15, 1998
May 2020Sep 8, 1998
Jun 2020Oct 1, 1998
Jul 2020Oct 22, 1998
Aug 2020Nov 22, 1998
Sep 2020Dec 22, 1998
Oct 2020Jan 15, 1999
Nov 2020Feb 15, 1999
Dec 2020Mar 15, 1999
Jan 2021Apr 8, 1999
Feb 2021May 1, 1999
Mar 2021May 22, 1999
Apr 2021Jun 22, 1999
May 2021Jul 22, 1999
Jun 2021Aug 15, 1999
Jul 2021Sep 8, 1999
Aug 2021Oct 8, 1999
Sep 2021Nov 1, 1999

Don’t see your Priority Date? Want to know when your Interview will take place? Get more details with Immigration Planner.

What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Mar 2019
Final Action Date:Sep 22, 1997
Movement:+8 weeks
February and March 2019 completely the shape of Fiscal Year 2019 for F2B-Mexico with an 8-week advancement following a 6-week advancement. So we are back on solid ground, more in line with the solid advancement we saw from June to November 2018.

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.

Last Six
Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Mar 2019Sep 22, 1997+8 weeks
Feb 2019Jul 22, 1997+6 weeks
Jan 2019Jun 8, 1997None
Dec 2018Jun 8, 1997None
Nov 2018Jun 8, 1997+3 weeks
October 2018May 15, 1997+3 weeks

For other F2B areas see All Countries and the Philippines.

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:

Filing Date
Oct 8, 1997+17 weeksUSCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days

Historically, how long did it take for F2B-Mexico applicants to become ‘current’?

This is how long it took for prior F2B-Mexico applicants to have their priority date become current, plus our prediction for the next few years:

If you can, should you ‘opt-out’ of F1 right now?

When sponsors who were Green Card holders become U.S. Citizen, their over-21-year-old unmarried children are moved from F2B to F1. But these applicants can also ‘opt-out’ from F1 and stay in F2B. Should they? That is what we are trying to help applicants determine here:

Does F1 have an advantage over F2B?No
Should applicants 'opt-out' of F1?Yes
Where is F1 compared to F2B (in Months)?-1.7
Last update? March 2019

This is how F1 compared to F2B historically, and 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 one of the best of the last 20 years for F2B-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:

Mar 14, 2019

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