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
Apr 2019Dec 1, 1997
May 2019Feb 15, 1998
Jun 2019Mar 15, 1998
Jul 2019Apr 15, 1998
Aug 2019Jun 1, 1998
Sep 2019Jul 1, 1998
Oct 2019Aug 1, 1998
Nov 2019Sep 1, 1998
Dec 2019Oct 1, 1998
Jan 2020Nov 8, 1998
Feb 2020Dec 8, 1998
Mar 2020Jan 8, 1999
Apr 2020Feb 8, 1999
May 2020Mar 8, 1999
Jun 2020Apr 8, 1999
Jul 2020May 15, 1999
Aug 2020Jun 15, 1999
Sep 2020Jul 15, 1999
Oct 2020Aug 15, 1999
Nov 2020Sep 15, 1999
Dec 2020Oct 22, 1999
Jan 2021Nov 22, 1999
Feb 2021Dec 22, 1999
Mar 2021Jan 22, 2000
Apr 2021Feb 22, 2000
May 2021Mar 22, 2000
Jun 2021Apr 22, 2000
Jul 2021May 22, 2000
Aug 2021Jul 1, 2000
Sep 2021Aug 1, 2000
Oct 2021Sep 1, 2000
Nov 2021Oct 1, 2000
Dec 2021Nov 1, 2000
Jan 2022Dec 8, 2000
Feb 2022Jan 1, 2001
Mar 2022Feb 8, 2001

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:Sep 2019
Final Action Date:Jul 1, 1998
Movement:+4 weeks
Fiscal Year 2019 has been the best of the last 20 years for F2B - Mexico. Times are generally better with 5 of the last 6 years (2016 being the exception) have been above average. We will update our analysis for FY2020 in the coming weeks, see if this trend can keep going.

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
Sep 2019Jul 1, 1998+4 weeks
Aug 2019Jun 1, 1998+6 weeks
Jul 2019Apr 15, 1998+4 weeks
Jun 2019Mar 15, 1998+4 weeks
May 2019Feb 15, 1998+10 weeks
Apr 2019Dec 1, 1997+10 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
Mar 1, 1999+4 weeks✔︎ Yes, the Filing Date can be used

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?Yes
Should applicants 'opt-out' of F1?No
Where is F1 compared to F2B (in Months)?
Last update? September 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:

Sep 12, 2019

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