Philippines – August 2019 Visa Bulletin

What is Visa Bulletin – Philippines about?
Analysis of the August 2019 Visa Bulletin issued by the U.S. State Department for Family Green Card Applicants who were born in the 🇵🇭Philippines.

August 2019 Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇵🇭Philippines Visa Bulletin for August 2019

F1Feb 22, 2008+26 weeksWith the jump in advancement of August 2019, F1 - Philippines is getting closer to being in line with the averages of the last 20 years.F1 Predictions
F2AAug 1, 2019+4 weeksObviously the State Department thinks it was significantly behind in terms of F2A Green Cards issued for Fiscal Year 2019, and running the risk of not using all their quotas. Moving to 'current' means that interviews for all applicants who are 'interview-ready' can be scheduled. 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 July 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in July 2019 and August 2019.F2A Predictions
F2BApr 1, 2008+13 weeksThe momentum is still on for F2B - Philippines, which seems to follow the pattern of the last few years with a strong second half of the Fiscal Year.F2B Predictions
F3Oct 1, 1997+8 weeksWe have seen the kind of progress that is usually followed by a brutal retrogression. So it is highly recommended to try to benefit from it if you can...F3 Predictions
F4May 1, 1998+17 weeksIt looks like U.S. immigration agencies undershot, and are trying to schedule as many interviews as possible before the end of the Fiscal Year. Again, try to benefit from it if you can...F4 Predictions

For other areas see All Countries, and Mexico.


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)

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇵🇭Philippines, F1 - August 2019

F1Feb 22, 2008+26 weeksWith the jump in advancement of August 2019, F1 - Philippines is getting closer to being in line with the averages of the last 20 years.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 - August 2019

F2AAug 1, 2019+4 weeksObviously the State Department thinks it was significantly behind in terms of F2A Green Cards issued for Fiscal Year 2019, and running the risk of not using all their quotas. Moving to 'current' means that interviews for all applicants who are 'interview-ready' can be scheduled. 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 July 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in July 2019 and August 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 - August 2019

F2BApr 1, 2008+13 weeksThe momentum is still on for F2B - Philippines, which seems to follow the pattern of the last few years with a strong second half of the Fiscal Year.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 - August 2019

F3Oct 1, 1997+8 weeksWe have seen the kind of progress that is usually followed by a brutal retrogression. So it is highly recommended to try to benefit from it if you can...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 - August 2019

F4May 1, 1998+17 weeksIt looks like U.S. immigration agencies undershot, and are trying to schedule as many interviews as possible before the end of the Fiscal Year. Again, try to benefit from it if you can...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
F1Aug 22, 2008+16 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2AJun 1, 2019+12 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BNov 1, 2008+13 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Apr 1, 1998+8 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4Nov 1, 1998+17 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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