What about F1? (Children of U.S. Citizens who are adults, but not married)
🇵🇭Philippines, F1 - February 2021
|F1||Jan 1, 2012||None||When 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)
🇵🇭Philippines, F2A - February 2021
|F2A||Feb 1, 2021||+4 weeks||As long as the Green Card Suspension, which stopped processing of Consular F2A, is in effect, F2A should remain 'current'. How quickly will the Biden Administration remove the suspension, and how quickly will that impact the Visa Bulletin is however an open question. This is important: when F2A Consular Processing resumes however, we are talking about trying to fit ~18 months of demand into at most a 9-month window (which is then likely to lead to a cut-off date being re-established at some point in 2021). As for the near future however, the Feb 2020 Visa Bulletin indicates that F2A should remain 'current' in the coming months.||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)
🇵🇭Philippines, F2B - February 2021
|F2B||Aug 15, 2011||None||Over 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)
🇵🇭Philippines, F3 - February 2021
|F3||Mar 1, 2002||None||In 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)
🇵🇭Philippines, F4 - February 2021
|F4||Feb 1, 2002||None||The 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:
|F1||Oct 22, 2012||+2 weeks||Yes, the Filing Date can be used|
|F2A||Jan 1, 2021||+21 weeks||Yes, the Filing Date can be used|
|F2B||Apr 15, 2012||+2 weeks||Yes, the Filing Date can be used|
|F3||Jan 8, 2003||+2 weeks||Yes, the Filing Date can be used|
|F4||Oct 1, 2002||+4 weeks||Yes, 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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