Philippines – April 2020 Visa Bulletin

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Analysis of the April 2020 Visa Bulletin issued by the U.S. State Department for Family Green Card Applicants who were born in the 🇵🇭Philippines.

April 2020 Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇵🇭Philippines Visa Bulletin for April 2020

F1 Mar 1, 2010+25 weeksSame story as in March and as in preceeding months. It looks like the Visa Office believes that there are not enough Documentarily Qualified candidates to reach the annual numerical limits for Fiscal Year 2020 (which ends in September 2020). It looks like they were expecting more applicants to react to the significant advancement we saw in September 2019, and the rapid one we saw in the Nov '19 - Feb '20 period. They might keep pushing further, even if it means a retrogression in August or September 2020.F1 Predictions
F2AApr 1, 2020+4 weeksFor the 10th month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability. The readjustment that we have been expecting (and that the Visa Office alluded to earlier this year) has still not take place. All the better for Applicants. Applicants who can take advantage of the situation should (Applicants going through Adjustment of Status can file Form I-130 and I-485 concurrently; or file Form I-485 right away if they already filed Form I-130, even if Form I-130 is not approved yet). It is a bit suprising how long this situation has lasted, but it might simply be because less than 5% of F2As go through Adjustment (95% go through Consular Processing where the 'flow' of applicants is still guided by the Welcome Letter, not the Filing Date of the Visa Bulletin).F2A Predictions
F2BFeb 1, 2010+17 weeksSame story as in March. Wait time for F2B - Phil went up a bit from approximately 10.5 year to 11.5 years, but it seems like it had quite an effect. More applicants are either dropping out, or not reacting to the rapid advancement of the Visa Bulletin date (Fiscal Year 2019 that has been one of the best years of the last 20 years, and the advancement is solid to strong advancement since October 2019). At least, that is what this 21-week jump seems to indicate: an attempt at fully using the annual number of available Green Cards before they 'expire' at the end of September 2020.F2B Predictions
F3May 15, 2000+32 weeksSame story as in March. Let's get a little perspective first: F3 - Phil has made as much advancement in the last year as it has in the 10 prior years combined! This tells you how agressive the Visa Office has been in terms of getting enough Documentarily Qualified applicants, to schedule enough interviews, and as a result to issue all the Green Cards available in this category. Once this short-term goal is reached (the current Fiscal Year ends in September 2020), a retrogression seems almost inevitable...F3 Predictions
F4May 1, 2000+21 weeksSame story as in March. F4- Phil does not seem to be different from F1, F2B, and F3. The Visa Office seems to believe that there are just not enough Documentarily Qualified applicants at this point in Fiscal Year 2020 (we are halfway through) to get to the annual numerical limit. As a result, the Visa Office has been pushing the Visa Bulletin date forward aggressively, especially since December 2019. The impressive advancement of Fiscal Year 2019 might not have been enough to get applicants to react last Fall.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 - April 2020

F1 Mar 1, 2010+25 weeksSame story as in March and as in preceeding months. It looks like the Visa Office believes that there are not enough Documentarily Qualified candidates to reach the annual numerical limits for Fiscal Year 2020 (which ends in September 2020). It looks like they were expecting more applicants to react to the significant advancement we saw in September 2019, and the rapid one we saw in the Nov '19 - Feb '20 period. They might keep pushing further, even if it means a retrogression in August or September 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 - April 2020

F2AApr 1, 2020+4 weeksFor the 10th month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability. The readjustment that we have been expecting (and that the Visa Office alluded to earlier this year) has still not take place. All the better for Applicants. Applicants who can take advantage of the situation should (Applicants going through Adjustment of Status can file Form I-130 and I-485 concurrently; or file Form I-485 right away if they already filed Form I-130, even if Form I-130 is not approved yet). It is a bit suprising how long this situation has lasted, but it might simply be because less than 5% of F2As go through Adjustment (95% go through Consular Processing where the 'flow' of applicants is still guided by the Welcome Letter, not the Filing Date of the Visa Bulletin).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 - April 2020

F2BFeb 1, 2010+17 weeksSame story as in March. Wait time for F2B - Phil went up a bit from approximately 10.5 year to 11.5 years, but it seems like it had quite an effect. More applicants are either dropping out, or not reacting to the rapid advancement of the Visa Bulletin date (Fiscal Year 2019 that has been one of the best years of the last 20 years, and the advancement is solid to strong advancement since October 2019). At least, that is what this 21-week jump seems to indicate: an attempt at fully using the annual number of available Green Cards before they 'expire' at the end of September 2020.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 - April 2020

F3May 15, 2000+32 weeksSame story as in March. Let's get a little perspective first: F3 - Phil has made as much advancement in the last year as it has in the 10 prior years combined! This tells you how agressive the Visa Office has been in terms of getting enough Documentarily Qualified applicants, to schedule enough interviews, and as a result to issue all the Green Cards available in this category. Once this short-term goal is reached (the current Fiscal Year ends in September 2020), a retrogression seems almost inevitable...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 - April 2020

F4May 1, 2000+21 weeksSame story as in March. F4- Phil does not seem to be different from F1, F2B, and F3. The Visa Office seems to believe that there are just not enough Documentarily Qualified applicants at this point in Fiscal Year 2020 (we are halfway through) to get to the annual numerical limit. As a result, the Visa Office has been pushing the Visa Bulletin date forward aggressively, especially since December 2019. The impressive advancement of Fiscal Year 2019 might not have been enough to get applicants to react last Fall.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
F1Nov 1, 2010+26 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2AFeb 1, 2020+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BOct 1, 2010+17 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Jan 15, 2001+32 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4Jan 1, 2001+26 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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