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
Nov 2020Nov 1, 2020
Dec 2020Dec 1, 2020
Jan 2021Jan 1, 2021
Feb 2021Feb 1, 2021
Mar 2021Mar 1, 2021
Apr 2021Apr 1, 2021
May 2021May 1, 2021
Jun 2021Jun 1, 2021
Jul 2021Jul 1, 2021
Aug 2021Aug 1, 2021
Sep 2021Sep 1, 2021
Oct 2021Mar 8, 2020
Nov 2021Apr 8, 2020
Dec 2021May 15, 2020
Jan 2022Jun 22, 2020
Feb 2022Jul 22, 2020
Mar 2022Aug 22, 2020
Apr 2022Sep 22, 2020
May 2022Nov 1, 2020
Jun 2022Dec 8, 2020
Jul 2022Jan 8, 2021
Aug 2022Feb 15, 2021
Sep 2022Mar 22, 2021
Oct 2022Apr 22, 2021
Nov 2022May 22, 2021
Dec 2022Jul 1, 2021
Jan 2023Aug 8, 2021
Feb 2023Sep 8, 2021
Mar 2023Oct 15, 2021
Apr 2023Nov 15, 2021
May 2023Dec 22, 2021
Jun 2023Jan 22, 2022
Jul 2023Mar 1, 2022
Aug 2023Apr 8, 2022
Sep 2023May 8, 2022
Oct 2023Jun 15, 2022

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:Nov 2020
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Nov 1, 2020
Movement:+4 weeks
It was expected for F2A to stay 'current' considering that it was 'current' before the pandemic and less applicants are being processed since. When F2A Consular Processing resumes however, we are talking about trying to fit 18 months of demand into a 9-month window. This is likely to lead to a cut-off date being re-established in the first few months of 2021.

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
Nov 2020Nov 1, 2020+4 weeks
Oct 2020Nov 1, 2020+4 weeks
Sep 2020Sep 1, 2020+4 weeks
Aug 2020Aug 1, 2020+4 weeks
Jul 2020Jul 1, 2020+4 weeks
Jun 2020Jun 1, 2020+4 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
Aug 1, 2020None✔︎ 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:

Nov 19, 2020

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