Philippines – September 2019 Visa Bulletin

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Analysis of the September 2019 Visa Bulletin issued by the U.S. State Department for Family Green Card Applicants who were born in the 🇵🇭Philippines.

September 2019 Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇵🇭Philippines Visa Bulletin for September 2019

F1Jun 22, 2008+17 weeksFiscal Year 2019 has been quite an erratic year for F1 - Philippines. After a slow start, we saw a big jump in the last few months of the year. So after undershooting, did the State department overshoot? That will certainly be the key question come October 1st, 2019 and the new Fiscal Year 2020.F1 Predictions
F2ASep 1, 2019+4 weeksFor the third month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, including the Philippines. If you can, take advantage of it because it will likely not last into the new Fiscal Year which starts October 1st, 2019. 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 August and September 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in August and September 2019.F2A Predictions
F2BAug 1, 2008+17 weeksThe pattern of the last few years of a strong second half of the Fiscal Year held true for F2B - Philippines, with another strong advancement in September 2019, propelling Fiscal Year 2019 as one of the best years of the last 20 years.F2B Predictions
F3Feb 1, 1998+17 weeksObviously there is something deeply wrong with the way the State Department handled F3 - Philippines. September 2019 is the 7th month in a row of 'brutal', hardly ever seen before, advancement. We will have to take a deep breath to figure out what might come in Fiscal Year 2020 after a year where the State Department seemed to desparately look for documentarily qualified applicants, and not find them. Come back soon for a detailed analysis.F3 Predictions
F4Jul 1, 1998+8 weeksThe period from 2013 to 2018 has been more or less in line with the averages of the last 20 years. But something happened in Fiscal Year 2019 with the State Department looking for documentarily qualified applicants for F4 - Philippines. And like for F3 - Philippines, not finding them. The advancement for FY2019 has been nothing short of spectacular, but the question will soon become what is left of it when the new Fiscal Year begin in October 1st, 2019.F4 Predictions

For other areas see All Countries, and Mexico.


What about F1? (Children of U.S. Citizens who are adults, but not married)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇵🇭Philippines, F1 - September 2019

F1Jun 22, 2008+17 weeksFiscal Year 2019 has been quite an erratic year for F1 - Philippines. After a slow start, we saw a big jump in the last few months of the year. So after undershooting, did the State department overshoot? That will certainly be the key question come October 1st, 2019 and the new Fiscal Year 2020.F1 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)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇵🇭Philippines, F2A - September 2019

F2ASep 1, 2019+4 weeksFor the third month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, including the Philippines. If you can, take advantage of it because it will likely not last into the new Fiscal Year which starts October 1st, 2019. 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 August and September 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in August and September 2019.F2A 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)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇵🇭Philippines, F2B - September 2019

F2BAug 1, 2008+17 weeksThe pattern of the last few years of a strong second half of the Fiscal Year held true for F2B - Philippines, with another strong advancement in September 2019, propelling Fiscal Year 2019 as one of the best years of the last 20 years.F2B 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)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇵🇭Philippines, F3 - September 2019

F3Feb 1, 1998+17 weeksObviously there is something deeply wrong with the way the State Department handled F3 - Philippines. September 2019 is the 7th month in a row of 'brutal', hardly ever seen before, advancement. We will have to take a deep breath to figure out what might come in Fiscal Year 2020 after a year where the State Department seemed to desparately look for documentarily qualified applicants, and not find them. Come back soon for a detailed analysis.F3 Predictions

This is an overview of our F3 predictions (see our 3-year prediction)


What about F4? (Brothers and Sisters of U.S. Citizens)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇵🇭Philippines, F4 - September 2019

F4Jul 1, 1998+8 weeksThe period from 2013 to 2018 has been more or less in line with the averages of the last 20 years. But something happened in Fiscal Year 2019 with the State Department looking for documentarily qualified applicants for F4 - Philippines. And like for F3 - Philippines, not finding them. The advancement for FY2019 has been nothing short of spectacular, but the question will soon become what is left of it when the new Fiscal Year begin in October 1st, 2019.F4 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:

Preference
Filing Date
Movement
Status
F1Dec 1, 2008+14 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2AJul 1, 2019+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BFeb 1, 2009+13 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Aug 1, 1998+17 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4Jan 1, 1999+8 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used

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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