Overall, what makes January 2019 different?
January 2019 is the fourth month of Fiscal Year 2019 (October 2018 to September 2019). We see positive movement in all preferences for the Philippines, although not always as much as what we had hoped with the notable exception of F4.
What about F1? (Children of U.S. Citizens who are adults, but not married)
🇵🇭Philippines, F1 - June 2019
|F1||Jun 22, 2007||+5 weeks||F1-Philippines is taking a real step forward in June 2019 with a 5-week advancement in June 2019. This is confirmation that the dynamic of Fiscal Year 2019 is more positive than prior years that were uneven and backloaded (there was limited advancement during the first 6 months of both Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018, and rapid advancement in the second half).||Predictions|
This is an overview of our F1 predictions (see our 3-year prediction)
What about F2A? (Spouses of Green Card holders, or young Children of Green Card holders who are not married)
🇵🇭Philippines, F2A - June 2019
|F2A||Jul 15, 2017||+8 weeks||F2A-Philippines is heading in the right direction with a strong, above prediction 8-week advancement in June 2019.||Predictions|
This is an overview of our F2A predictions (see our 3-year prediction)
What about F2B? (Children of Green Card holders who are adults, but not married)
🇵🇭Philippines, F2B - June 2019
|F2B||Nov 15, 2007||+6 weeks||With a 6-week advancement in June 2019 for F2B-Philippines, we now have two consecutive months of strong advancement. That is good news that can give us hope for the remainder of the year.||Predictions|
This is an overview of our F2B predictions (see our 3-year prediction)
What about F3? (Children of U.S. Citizens who are adults and married)
🇵🇭Philippines, F3 - June 2019
|F3||Feb 1, 1997||+16 weeks||It is hard to believe that with a 16-week advancement, June 2019 is the weakest month for F3-Philippines since February 2019. How could the Department of State create a situation where they have to advance the Final Action Date forward that much to get the number of applications they need? There are no winners. The Department of State is losing a lot of credibility and applicants a chance to get ready in an orderly manner.||Predictions|
This is an overview of our F3 predictions (see our 3-year prediction)
What about F4? (Brothers and Sisters of U.S. Citizens)
🇵🇭Philippines, F4 - June 2019
|F4||Jun 1, 1997||+13 weeks||The joke is on for F4-Philippines with another significant 13-week advancement in June 2019 following prior massive advancements since March 2019. We have to go back to October 2010 to see such a significant advancement over such a short period of time. And, as you might have guessed, it was retrogressions followed from January to March 2011. Is the State Department learning from the past? We shall know soon, but unfortunately most of us feel like they already know the answer to that question.||Predictions|
This is an overview of our F4 predictions (see our 3-year prediction)
If I am going through Adjustment of Status, can I use the Filing Date?
It is generally not easy for applicants from the Philippines (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:
|F1||Apr 22, 2008||+1 weeks||USCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days|
|F2A||Mar 8, 2019||+60 weeks||USCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days|
|F2B||Jul 1, 2008||+6 weeks||USCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days|
|F3||Nov 1, 1997||+4 weeks||USCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days|
|F4||Mar 1, 1998||+2 weeks||USCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days|
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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