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
Oct 2018Dec 22, 2006
Nov 2018Feb 1, 2007
Dec 2018Feb 15, 2007
Jan 2019Mar 1, 2007
Feb 2019Mar 15, 2007
Mar 2019Apr 1, 2007
Apr 2019May 1, 2007
May 2019Jun 1, 2007
Jun 2019Jul 1, 2007
Jul 2019Aug 1, 2007
Aug 2019Sep 1, 2007
Sep 2019Oct 1, 2007
Oct 2019Nov 1, 2007
Nov 2019Dec 1, 2007
Dec 2019Jan 1, 2008
Jan 2020Feb 1, 2008
Feb 2020Mar 1, 2008
Mar 2020Apr 1, 2008
Apr 2020May 1, 2008
May 2020Jun 1, 2008
Jun 2020Jul 1, 2008
Jul 2020Aug 1, 2008
Aug 2020Sep 1, 2008
Sep 2020Oct 1, 2008
Oct 2020Nov 1, 2008
Nov 2020Dec 1, 2008
Dec 2020Jan 1, 2009
Jan 2021Feb 1, 2009
Feb 2021Mar 1, 2009
Mar 2021Apr 1, 2009
Apr 2021May 1, 2009
May 2021Jun 1, 2009
Jun 2021Jul 1, 2009
Jul 2021Aug 1, 2009
Aug 2021Sep 1, 2009
Sep 2021Oct 1, 2009

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:Mar 2019
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Apr 1, 2007
Movement:+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).

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
Mar 2019Apr 1, 2007+2 weeks
Feb 2019Mar 15, 2007+2 weeks
Jan 2019Mar 1, 2007+2 weeks
Dec 2018Feb 15, 2007+2 weeks
Nov 2018Feb 1, 2007+5 weeks
Oct 2018Dec 22, 2006+5 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
Mar 15, 2008+2 weeksUSCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days

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?No
Should applicants 'opt-out' of F1?Yes
Where is F1 compared to F2B (in Months)?-3.7
Last update? March 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:

Mar 14, 2019

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