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 2021Apr 1, 2002
May 2021May 22, 2002
Jun 2021Jul 22, 2002
Jul 2021Sep 22, 2002
Aug 2021Nov 22, 2002
Sep 2021Jan 22, 2003
Oct 2021Mar 22, 2003
Nov 2021May 22, 2003
Dec 2021Jul 22, 2003
Jan 2022Sep 22, 2003
Feb 2022Nov 15, 2003
Mar 2022Jan 15, 2004
Apr 2022Mar 15, 2004
May 2022May 15, 2004
Jun 2022Jul 15, 2004
Jul 2022Sep 8, 2004
Aug 2022Nov 8, 2004
Sep 2022Jan 8, 2005
Oct 2022Mar 8, 2005
Nov 2022May 8, 2005
Dec 2022Jul 8, 2005
Jan 2023Sep 8, 2005
Feb 2023Nov 1, 2005
Mar 2023Jan 1, 2006
Apr 2023Mar 1, 2006
May 2023May 1, 2006
Jun 2023Jun 22, 2006
Jul 2023Aug 22, 2006
Aug 2023Oct 22, 2006
Sep 2023Dec 22, 2006
Oct 2023Feb 22, 2007
Nov 2023Apr 22, 2007
Dec 2023Jun 22, 2007
Jan 2024Aug 22, 2007
Feb 2024Oct 22, 2007
Mar 2024Dec 22, 2007

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Apr 2021
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Feb 15, 2002
Movement:+3 weeks
In the last two Fiscal Years of 2019 and 2020, F3 has moved forward as much as it did between 2004 and 2018. Even compared to their comrades F1-Phil and F2B-Phil, this might 'take the cake', as they say in the United States. This is clearly another reckless attempt by the Visa Office at creating Documentarily Qualified candidates that they did not even bother altering in the second half of a pandemic year. The timing of the retrogression is hard to time with that kind of erratic behavior, but it is going to be brutal and felt for years.

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
Apr 2021Feb 15, 2002+3 weeks
Mar 2021Feb 15, 2002+1 weeks
Feb 2021Feb 15, 2002None
Jan 2021Feb 15, 2002+2 weeks
Nov 2020Feb 15, 2002None
Oct 2020Feb 15, 2002None

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
May 1, 2003+16 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:

Apr 22, 2020

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