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
Apr 2019Jun 1, 1996
May 2019Oct 8, 1996
Jun 2019Feb 1, 1997
Jul 2019Aug 1, 1997
Aug 2019Oct 1, 1997
Sep 2019Feb 1, 1998
Oct 2019Feb 22, 1998
Nov 2019Mar 22, 1998
Dec 2019Apr 15, 1998
Jan 2020May 8, 1998
Feb 2020Jun 1, 1998
Mar 2020Jun 22, 1998
Apr 2020Jul 22, 1998
May 2020Aug 15, 1998
Jun 2020Sep 8, 1998
Jul 2020Oct 1, 1998
Aug 2020Oct 22, 1998
Sep 2020Nov 22, 1998
Oct 2020Dec 15, 1998
Nov 2020Jan 8, 1999
Dec 2020Feb 1, 1999
Jan 2021Mar 1, 1999
Feb 2021Mar 22, 1999
Mar 2021Apr 15, 1999
Apr 2021May 15, 1999
May 2021Jun 8, 1999
Jun 2021Jul 1, 1999
Jul 2021Jul 22, 1999
Aug 2021Aug 22, 1999
Sep 2021Sep 15, 1999
Oct 2021Oct 8, 1999
Nov 2021Nov 1, 1999
Dec 2021Nov 22, 1999
Jan 2022Dec 22, 1999
Feb 2022Jan 15, 2000
Mar 2022Feb 8, 2000

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:Sep 2019
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Feb 1, 1998
Movement:+17 weeks
Obviously there is something deeply wrong with the way the State Department handled F3 - Philippines. September 2019 is the 7th month in a row of 'brutal', hardly ever seen before, advancement. We will have to take a deep breath to figure out what might come in Fiscal Year 2020 after a year where the State Department seemed to desparately look for documentarily qualified applicants, and not find them. Come back soon for a detailed analysis.

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
Sep 2019Feb 1, 1998+17 weeks
Aug 2019Oct 1, 1997+8 weeks
Jul 2019Aug 1, 1997+25 weeks
Jun 2019Feb 1, 1997+16 weeks
May 2019Oct 8, 1996+18 weeks
Apr 2019Jun 1, 1996+21 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, 1998+17 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:

Sep 12, 2019

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