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 2021Jan 22, 2012
May 2021Feb 22, 2012
Jun 2021Mar 22, 2012
Jul 2021May 1, 2012
Aug 2021Jun 8, 2012
Sep 2021Jul 15, 2012
Oct 2021Aug 15, 2012
Nov 2021Sep 22, 2012
Dec 2021Oct 22, 2012
Jan 2022Nov 22, 2012
Feb 2022Jan 1, 2013
Mar 2022Feb 8, 2013
Apr 2022Mar 8, 2013
May 2022Apr 15, 2013
Jun 2022May 22, 2013
Jul 2022Jun 22, 2013
Aug 2022Jul 22, 2013
Sep 2022Sep 1, 2013
Oct 2022Oct 8, 2013
Nov 2022Nov 8, 2013
Dec 2022Dec 15, 2013
Jan 2023Jan 22, 2014
Feb 2023Feb 22, 2014
Mar 2023Mar 22, 2014
Apr 2023May 1, 2014
May 2023Jun 1, 2014
Jun 2023Jul 8, 2014
Jul 2023Aug 15, 2014
Aug 2023Sep 15, 2014
Sep 2023Oct 22, 2014
Oct 2023Nov 22, 2014
Nov 2023Dec 22, 2014
Dec 2023Feb 1, 2015
Jan 2024Mar 8, 2015
Feb 2024Apr 15, 2015
Mar 2024May 15, 2015

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:Apr 2021
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Jan 22, 2012
Movement:+2 weeks
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).

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
Apr 2021Jan 22, 2012+2 weeks
Mar 2021Jan 8, 2012+1 weeks
Feb 2021Jan 1, 2012None
Jan 2021Jan 1, 2012+2 weeks
Nov 2020Dec 15, 2011None
Oct 2020Dec 15, 2011None

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
Sep 1, 2013+44 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?#VALUE!
Should applicants 'opt-out' of F1?#VALUE!
Where is F1 compared to F2B (in Months)?#VALUE!
Last update? April 2021

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:

Apr 22, 2020

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