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
Aug 2020Nov 15, 2001
Sep 2020Jan 1, 2002
Oct 2020Feb 22, 2002
Nov 2020Apr 15, 2002
Dec 2020Jun 8, 2002
Jan 2021Jul 22, 2002
Feb 2021Sep 15, 2002
Mar 2021Nov 8, 2002
Apr 2021Dec 22, 2002
May 2021Feb 15, 2003
Jun 2021Apr 8, 2003
Jul 2021Jun 1, 2003
Aug 2021Jul 22, 2003
Sep 2021Sep 15, 2003
Oct 2021Nov 1, 2003
Nov 2021Dec 22, 2003
Dec 2021Feb 15, 2004
Jan 2022Apr 8, 2004
Feb 2022May 22, 2004
Mar 2022Jul 15, 2004
Apr 2022Sep 8, 2004
May 2022Oct 22, 2004
Jun 2022Dec 15, 2004
Jul 2022Feb 8, 2005
Aug 2022Apr 1, 2005
Sep 2022May 22, 2005
Oct 2022Jul 15, 2005
Nov 2022Sep 1, 2005
Dec 2022Oct 22, 2005
Jan 2023Dec 15, 2005
Feb 2023Feb 1, 2006
Mar 2023Mar 22, 2006
Apr 2023May 15, 2006
May 2023Jul 8, 2006
Jun 2023Aug 22, 2006
Jul 2023Oct 15, 2006

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Aug 2020
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Nov 15, 2001
Movement:+13 weeks
Same story in August as in the March to July period.

Let's get a little perspective first: F3 - Phil has made as much advancement in the last year as it has in the 10 prior years combined!

This tells you how agressive the Visa Office has been in terms of getting enough Documentarily Qualified applicants, to schedule enough interviews, and as a result to issue all the Green Cards available in this category. Once this short-term goal is reached (the current Fiscal Year ends in September 2020), a retrogression seems almost inevitable...

These erratic movements are not helpful to applicants, that is a certainty.

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
Aug 2020Nov 15, 2001+13 weeks
Jul 2020Aug 15, 2001+17 weeks
Jun 2020Apr 15, 2001+21 weeks
May 2020Nov 15, 2000+26 weeks
Apr 2020May 15, 2000+32 weeks
Mar 2020Oct 1, 1999+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 22, 2002+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:

Aug 20, 2020

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