F1-Philippines: Visa Bulletin Predictions

What does Immigration Planner predict?

Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F1 for 🇵🇭Philippines.
Children of U.S. Citizens who are adults, but not married.

F1, the Philippines – Final Action Dates Predictions FY2019 – FY2021:

Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Apr 2019Apr 8, 2007
May 2019May 15, 2007
Jun 2019Jun 22, 2007
Jul 2019Aug 22, 2007
Aug 2019Feb 22, 2008
Sep 2019Jun 22, 2008
Oct 2019Jul 22, 2008
Nov 2019Aug 22, 2008
Dec 2019Sep 22, 2008
Jan 2020Oct 22, 2008
Feb 2020Nov 22, 2008
Mar 2020Dec 22, 2008
Apr 2020Jan 22, 2009
May 2020Feb 22, 2009
Jun 2020Mar 22, 2009
Jul 2020Apr 22, 2009
Aug 2020May 22, 2009
Sep 2020Jun 22, 2009
Oct 2020Jul 22, 2009
Nov 2020Aug 22, 2009
Dec 2020Sep 22, 2009
Jan 2021Oct 22, 2009
Feb 2021Nov 22, 2009
Mar 2021Dec 22, 2009
Apr 2021Jan 22, 2010
May 2021Feb 22, 2010
Jun 2021Mar 22, 2010
Jul 2021Apr 22, 2010
Aug 2021May 22, 2010
Sep 2021Jul 1, 2010
Oct 2021Aug 1, 2010
Nov 2021Aug 22, 2010
Dec 2021Oct 1, 2010
Jan 2022Nov 1, 2010
Feb 2022Dec 1, 2010
Mar 2022Jan 1, 2011

Don’t see your Priority Date? Want to know when your Interview will take place? Get more details with Immigration Planner.

What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Sep 2019
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Jun 22, 2008
Movement:+17 weeks
Fiscal Year 2019 has been quite an erratic year for F1 - Philippines. After a slow start, we saw a big jump in the last few months of the year. So after undershooting, did the State department overshoot? That will certainly be the key question come October 1st, 2019 and the new Fiscal Year 2020.

See F1 for All Countries and Mexico.

Note: U.S. immigration agencies ‘Fiscal Year’ is from October to the following September. It is different from a ‘Calendar’ year. For example Fiscal Year 2018 is from October 2017 to September 2018, and Fiscal Year 2019 is from October 2018 to September 2019.

Last Six
Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Sep 2019Jun 22, 2008+17 weeks
Aug 2019Feb 22, 2008+26 weeks
Jul 2019Aug 22, 2007+8 weeks
Jun 2019Jun 22, 2007+5 weeks
May 2019May 15, 2007+5 weeks
Apr 2019Apr 8, 2007+1 weeks

I am going through adjustment of status, what else applies to me?

Applicants going through Adjustment of Status are often allowed to use the ‘Filing Date’ of the Visa Bulletin to determine when they are allowed to file Form I-485. Here is the latest:

Filing Date
Dec 1, 2008+14 weeks✔︎ Yes, the Filing Date can be used

Historically, how long did it take for F1-Philippines applicants to become ‘current’?

This is how long it took for prior F1-Philippines applicants to have their priority date become current, plus our prediction for the next few years:

If you can, should you ‘opt-out’ of F1 right now?

When sponsors who were Green Card holders become U.S. Citizen, their over-21-year-old unmarried children are moved from F2B to F1. But these applicants can also ‘opt-out’ from F1 and stay in F2B. Should they? That is what we are trying to help applicants determine here:

Does F1 have an advantage over F2B?Yes
Should applicants 'opt-out' of F1?No
Where is F1 compared to F2B (in Months)?
Last update? September 2019

This is how F1 compared to F2B historically, and our prediction for the next few years:

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 (Philippines, 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.

What happened during Fiscal Year 2018?

Fiscal Year 2018 refers to the period from October 2017 to September 2018. The following graph compares the last 20 years of the Visa Bulletin with Fiscal Year 2018 (represented by the annotated line). Fiscal Year 2018 was below the average of the last 20 years for F1-Philippines:

When will Immigration Planner update its predictions?

We expect to update our predictions the day after the next Visa Bulletin is released. Our best guess as to when we will update these predictions is as follows:

Sep 12, 2019

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