Philippines – November 2020 Visa Bulletin

What is Visa Bulletin – Philippines about?
Analysis of the November 2020 Visa Bulletin issued by the U.S. State Department for Family Green Card Applicants who were born in the 🇵🇭Philippines.

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Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇵🇭Philippines Visa Bulletin for November 2020

F1 Dec 15, 2011NoneWhen making a point of the remarkable ineptitude of the Visa Office, observers often point to its treatment of PHIL cutoff dates. The incredible advancement of F1 in Fiscal Year 2020 will certainly give critics more ammunition. Who would advance a Final Action Date (FAD) during a pandemic year as much as the prior 5 years combined? Well, the same people who had the same FAD in early 2015 as in early 2018, but managed to have two massive retrogressions in-between (including a 5-year retrogression).F1 Predictions
F2ANov 1, 2020+4 weeksIt was expected for F2A to stay 'current' considering that it was 'current' before the pandemic and less applicants are being processed since. When F2A Consular Processing resumes however, we are talking about trying to fit 18 months of demand into a 9-month window. This is likely to lead to a cut-off date being re-established in the first few months of 2021.F2A Predictions
F2BAug 1, 2011NoneOver the last 20 years, the best advancement for F2B-Phil was 2012 with 16 months. Then, came the pandemic year of 2020 when the Visa Office thought it would be a good idea to advance F2B by 36 months.... Just like mad Doctors packing the waiting room with patients that they will never be able to see.F2B Predictions
F3Feb 15, 2002NoneIn the last two Fiscal Years of 2019 and 2020, F3 has moved forward as much as it did between 2004 and 2018. Even compared to their comrades F1-Phil and F2B-Phil, this might 'take the cake', as they say in the United States. This is clearly another reckless attempt by the Visa Office at creating Documentarily Qualified candidates that they did not even bother altering in the second half of a pandemic year. The timing of the retrogression is hard to time with that kind of erratic behavior, but it is going to be brutal and felt for years.F3 Predictions
F4Jan 1, 2002NoneThe Visa Office set F4-Phil on this crazy upward trajectory since December 2019, making the last two Fiscal Years of 2019 and 2020 very different from anything we had ever seen. We are running out of words to describe the very poor approach and performance of the Visa Office with Phil. It feels like a concerted effort to learn nothing. Here also retrogression / long periods of stagnation are around the corner.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 - November 2020

F1 Dec 15, 2011NoneWhen making a point of the remarkable ineptitude of the Visa Office, observers often point to its treatment of PHIL cutoff dates. The incredible advancement of F1 in Fiscal Year 2020 will certainly give critics more ammunition. Who would advance a Final Action Date (FAD) during a pandemic year as much as the prior 5 years combined? Well, the same people who had the same FAD in early 2015 as in early 2018, but managed to have two massive retrogressions in-between (including a 5-year retrogression).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 - November 2020

F2ANov 1, 2020+4 weeksIt was expected for F2A to stay 'current' considering that it was 'current' before the pandemic and less applicants are being processed since. When F2A Consular Processing resumes however, we are talking about trying to fit 18 months of demand into a 9-month window. This is likely to lead to a cut-off date being re-established in the first few months of 2021.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 - November 2020

F2BAug 1, 2011NoneOver the last 20 years, the best advancement for F2B-Phil was 2012 with 16 months. Then, came the pandemic year of 2020 when the Visa Office thought it would be a good idea to advance F2B by 36 months.... Just like mad Doctors packing the waiting room with patients that they will never be able to see.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 - November 2020

F3Feb 15, 2002NoneIn the last two Fiscal Years of 2019 and 2020, F3 has moved forward as much as it did between 2004 and 2018. Even compared to their comrades F1-Phil and F2B-Phil, this might 'take the cake', as they say in the United States. This is clearly another reckless attempt by the Visa Office at creating Documentarily Qualified candidates that they did not even bother altering in the second half of a pandemic year. The timing of the retrogression is hard to time with that kind of erratic behavior, but it is going to be brutal and felt for years.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 - November 2020

F4Jan 1, 2002NoneThe Visa Office set F4-Phil on this crazy upward trajectory since December 2019, making the last two Fiscal Years of 2019 and 2020 very different from anything we had ever seen. We are running out of words to describe the very poor approach and performance of the Visa Office with Phil. It feels like a concerted effort to learn nothing. Here also retrogression / long periods of stagnation are around the corner.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
F1Oct 8, 2012NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2AAug 1, 2020NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BApr 1, 2012NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Dec 22, 2002NoneYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4Sep 1, 2002NoneYes, 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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