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 - March 2019
|F1||Apr 1, 2007||+2 weeks||We are having a 4th consecutive month of steady 2-week advancement for F1-Philippines. Even if we would like to see a bit more, 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 - March 2019
|F2A||Jan 8, 2017||+5 weeks||We seem to be dancing around our predicted 3 to 4 week-advancement per month for F2A-Philippines with a 5-week advancement in March 2019. Nice and compensating a bit for months that were under target.||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 - March 2019
|F2B||Jul 22, 2007||+3 weeks||The 3-week advancement in March 2019 of F2B-Philippines might be an indication that the 9-week advancement that we saw in September 2018 has been fully 'digested'. But we will need confirmation in April.||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 - March 2019
|F3||Jan 1, 1996||+18 weeks||In one may turn out to be one of the biggest surprises of the year, March 2019 produced a 19-week jump for F3-Philippines. It is great news, but at the same time raises the fear of future retrogressions, or prolonged periods of no-advancement. Obviously nobody, including the Visa Bulletin office, knows how this will turn out...||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 - March 2019
|F4||Jan 1, 1996||+13 weeks||Fiscal Year 2018 was one of the best of the last 20 years, and a lingering question was when would the inventory of application which was created as a result be fully processed. With an 18-week advancement in March 2019 for F4-Philippines, the answer is a resounding 'now'. This is great news and let's see what happens in the coming months.||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 1, 2008||+2 weeks||USCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days|
|F2A||Dec 8, 2017||+1 weeks||USCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days|
|F2B||Jan 22, 2008||+1 weeks||USCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days|
|F3||Sep 1, 1997||+4 weeks||USCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days|
|F4||Jan 8, 1998||+4 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.