Philippines – February 2020 Visa Bulletin

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

February 2020 Visa Bulletin

Preference
Final Action
Movement
Remark

🇵🇭Philippines Visa Bulletin for February 2020

F1 Apr 1, 2009+10 weeksFiscal Year 2019 has been quite an erratic year for F1 - Philippines. After a slow start, we saw a big jump and we were certainly worried about the beginning of Fiscal Year 2020. But the period from Nov '19 to Feb '20 alleviated fears of retrogression with unexpected strong advancement.F1 Predictions
F2AFeb 1, 2020+4 weeksFor the 8th month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, but this situation will end soon, and anybody who can take advantage of the situation should. Documentarily qualified candidates going through Consular Processing may hope for faster interviews. 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).F2A Predictions
F2BMay 1, 2009+12 weeksAfter a Fiscal Year 2019 that has been one of the best years of the last 20 years, F2B - Philippines is starting Fiscal Year 2020 with solid to strong advancement since October 2019. And now another jump in Feb '20. To be taken advantage of, because we know what's coming...F2B Predictions
F3May 1, 1999+17 weeksF3 - Philippines continues its rapid advancement in this beginning of Fiscal Year 2020 with 8-week advancement in both Oct and Nov '19, 13-week in Dec '19, and now 17-week in both Jan '20 and Feb '20. It looks like the quest for documentarily qualified candidates continues... An unsual situation for sure.F3 Predictions
F4Jul 1, 1999+17 weeksAfter a Fiscal Year 2019 that has been spectacular, it is good news to have such a strong advancement in November and December 2019, and now January and February 2020. The State Department is not getting enough candidates...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 - February 2020

F1 Apr 1, 2009+10 weeksFiscal Year 2019 has been quite an erratic year for F1 - Philippines. After a slow start, we saw a big jump and we were certainly worried about the beginning of Fiscal Year 2020. But the period from Nov '19 to Feb '20 alleviated fears of retrogression with unexpected strong advancement.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 - February 2020

F2AFeb 1, 2020+4 weeksFor the 8th month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, but this situation will end soon, and anybody who can take advantage of the situation should. Documentarily qualified candidates going through Consular Processing may hope for faster interviews. 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).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 - February 2020

F2BMay 1, 2009+12 weeksAfter a Fiscal Year 2019 that has been one of the best years of the last 20 years, F2B - Philippines is starting Fiscal Year 2020 with solid to strong advancement since October 2019. And now another jump in Feb '20. To be taken advantage of, because we know what's coming...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 - February 2020

F3May 1, 1999+17 weeksF3 - Philippines continues its rapid advancement in this beginning of Fiscal Year 2020 with 8-week advancement in both Oct and Nov '19, 13-week in Dec '19, and now 17-week in both Jan '20 and Feb '20. It looks like the quest for documentarily qualified candidates continues... An unsual situation for sure.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 - February 2020

F4Jul 1, 1999+17 weeksAfter a Fiscal Year 2019 that has been spectacular, it is good news to have such a strong advancement in November and December 2019, and now January and February 2020. The State Department is not getting enough candidates...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 1, 2009+2 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2ADec 1, 2019+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F2BNov 1, 2009+4 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F3Nov 1, 1999+8 weeksYes, the Filing Date can be used
F4Jan 1, 2000+8 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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