F2A-Philippines: Visa Bulletin Predictions

What does Immigration Planner predict?

Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F2A for the 🇵🇭Philippines.
Spouses of Green Card holders, or young Children of Green Card holders who are not married.

F2A, the 🇵🇭Philippines – Final Action Dates Predictions FY2019 – FY2021 

Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Apr 2019Mar 1, 2017
May 2019May 15, 2017
Jun 2019Jul 15, 2017
Jul 2019Jul 1, 2019
Aug 2019Aug 1, 2019
Sep 2019Sep 1, 2019
Oct 2019Aug 22, 2017
Nov 2019Sep 22, 2017
Dec 2019Oct 22, 2017
Jan 2020Nov 22, 2017
Feb 2020Dec 22, 2017
Mar 2020Jan 22, 2018
Apr 2020Mar 1, 2018
May 2020Apr 1, 2018
Jun 2020May 1, 2018
Jul 2020Jun 1, 2018
Aug 2020Jul 8, 2018
Sep 2020Aug 1, 2018
Oct 2020Sep 8, 2018
Nov 2020Oct 8, 2018
Dec 2020Nov 8, 2018
Jan 2021Dec 8, 2018
Feb 2021Jan 8, 2019
Mar 2021Feb 8, 2019
Apr 2021Mar 8, 2019
May 2021Apr 8, 2019
Jun 2021May 8, 2019
Jul 2021Jun 15, 2019
Aug 2021Jul 15, 2019
Sep 2021Aug 15, 2019
Oct 2021Sep 15, 2019
Nov 2021Oct 15, 2019
Dec 2021Nov 15, 2019
Jan 2022Dec 15, 2019
Feb 2022Jan 15, 2020
Mar 2022Feb 15, 2020

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Sep 2019
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Sep 1, 2019
Movement:+4 weeks
For the third month in a row, F2A is 'current' for all countries of chargeability, including the Philippines. If you can, take advantage of it because it will likely not last into the new Fiscal Year which starts October 1st, 2019. So for those going through Consular Processing, be ready and if you can, file the rest of your documents as soon as possible. Also, for those going through Adjustment of Status, USCIS clarified the Visa Bulletin by announcing that Spouses and Young Children of U.S. Green Card Holders can file concurrently (Form I-130 and I-485) in August and September 2019. Applicants who already filed Form I-130, whether it has been approved or not, can also file Form I-485 in August and September 2019.

See F2A 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 2019Sep 1, 2019+4 weeks
Aug 2019Aug 1, 2019+4 weeks
Jul 2019Jul 1, 2019+102 weeks
Jun 2019Jul 15, 2017+8 weeks
May 2019May 15, 2017+10 weeks
Apr 2019Mar 1, 2017+7 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
Jul 1, 2019+4 weeks✔︎ Yes, the Filing Date can be used

Historically, how long did it take for F2A-Philippines applicants to become ‘current’?

This is how long it took for prior F2A-Philippines applicants to have their priority date become current, plus 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 F2A-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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