F3-Philippines: Visa Bulletin Predictions

What does Immigration Planner predict?

Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F3 for the 🇵🇭Philippines.
Children of U.S. Citizens who are adults and married.

F3, the Philippines – Final Action Dates Predictions FY2019 – FY2021:

Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Oct 2019Apr 1, 1998
Nov 2019Jun 1, 1998
Dec 2019Sep 1, 1998
Jan 2020Jan 1, 1999
Feb 2020May 1, 1999
Mar 2020Jun 8, 1999
Apr 2020Jul 15, 1999
May 2020Aug 22, 1999
Jun 2020Sep 22, 1999
Jul 2020Nov 1, 1999
Aug 2020Dec 8, 1999
Sep 2020Jan 15, 2000
Oct 2020Feb 22, 2000
Nov 2020Apr 1, 2000
Dec 2020May 8, 2000
Jan 2021Jun 15, 2000
Feb 2021Jul 22, 2000
Mar 2021Aug 22, 2000
Apr 2021Oct 1, 2000
May 2021Nov 8, 2000
Jun 2021Dec 15, 2000
Jul 2021Jan 22, 2001
Aug 2021Mar 1, 2001
Sep 2021Apr 8, 2001
Oct 2021May 15, 2001
Nov 2021Jun 22, 2001
Dec 2021Jul 22, 2001
Jan 2022Sep 8, 2001
Feb 2022Oct 8, 2001
Mar 2022Nov 15, 2001
Apr 2022Dec 22, 2001
May 2022Jan 22, 2002
Jun 2022Mar 8, 2002
Jul 2022Apr 15, 2002
Aug 2022May 22, 2002
Sep 2022Jun 22, 2002

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:Feb 2020
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:May 1, 1999
Movement:+17 weeks
F3 - Philippines continues its rapid advancement in this beginning of Fiscal Year 2020 with 8-week advancement in both Oct and Nov '19, 13-week in Dec '19, and now 17-week in both Jan '20 and Feb '20. It looks like the quest for documentarily qualified candidates continues... An unsual situation for sure.

See F3 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
Feb 2020May 1, 1999+17 weeks
Jan 2020Jan 1, 1999+17 weeks
Dec 2019Sep 1, 1998+13 weeks
Nov 2019Jun 1, 1998+8 weeks
Oct 2019Apr 1, 1998+8 weeks
Sep 2019Feb 1, 1998+17 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
Nov 1, 1999+8 weeks✔︎ Yes, the Filing Date can be used

Historically, how long did it take for F3-Philippines applicants to become ‘current’?

This is how long we believe it will take for prior F3-Philippines applicants to have their priority date become current:

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 one of the worst of the last 20 years for F3-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:

Jan 15, 2020

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