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 2021Aug 8, 2002
Nov 2021Oct 8, 2002
Dec 2021Dec 8, 2002
Jan 2022Feb 8, 2003
Feb 2022Apr 1, 2003
Mar 2022Jun 1, 2003
Apr 2022Aug 1, 2003
May 2022Oct 1, 2003
Jun 2022Dec 1, 2003
Jul 2022Feb 1, 2004
Aug 2022Apr 1, 2004
Sep 2022Jun 1, 2004
Oct 2022Aug 1, 2004
Nov 2022Sep 22, 2004
Dec 2022Nov 22, 2004
Jan 2023Jan 22, 2005
Feb 2023Mar 22, 2005
Mar 2023May 22, 2005
Apr 2023Jul 22, 2005
May 2023Sep 22, 2005
Jun 2023Nov 22, 2005
Jul 2023Jan 22, 2006
Aug 2023Mar 22, 2006
Sep 2023May 22, 2006
Oct 2023Jul 22, 2006
Nov 2023Sep 22, 2006
Dec 2023Nov 22, 2006
Jan 2024Jan 22, 2007
Feb 2024Mar 22, 2007
Mar 2024May 22, 2007
Apr 2024Jul 22, 2007
May 2024Sep 22, 2007
Jun 2024Nov 22, 2007
Jul 2024Jan 22, 2008
Aug 2024Mar 22, 2008
Sep 2024May 22, 2008

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 2021
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Feb 15, 2002
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
Sep 2021Feb 15, 2002None
Aug 2021Feb 15, 2002None
Jul 2021Feb 15, 2002None
Jun 2021Feb 15, 2002+5 weeks
May 2021Feb 15, 2002+4 weeks
Apr 2021Feb 15, 2002+3 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
Oct 1, 2003None✔︎ 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:

Oct 22, 2021

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