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 2018Jun 8, 1995
Nov 2018Jun 22, 1995
Dec 2018Jul 8, 1995
Jan 2019Jul 22, 1995
Feb 2019Aug 22, 1995
Mar 2019Jan 1, 1996
Apr 2019Jan 15, 1996
May 2019Feb 1, 1996
Jun 2019Feb 22, 1996
Jul 2019Mar 8, 1996
Aug 2019Mar 22, 1996
Sep 2019Apr 15, 1996
Oct 2019May 1, 1996
Nov 2019May 22, 1996
Dec 2019Jun 8, 1996
Jan 2020Jun 22, 1996
Feb 2020Jul 15, 1996
Mar 2020Aug 1, 1996
Apr 2020Aug 15, 1996
May 2020Sep 8, 1996
Jun 2020Sep 22, 1996
Jul 2020Oct 8, 1996
Aug 2020Oct 22, 1996
Sep 2020Nov 15, 1996
Oct 2020Dec 1, 1996
Nov 2020Dec 22, 1996
Dec 2020Jan 8, 1997
Jan 2021Jan 22, 1997
Feb 2021Feb 8, 1997
Mar 2021Mar 1, 1997
Apr 2021Mar 22, 1997
May 2021Apr 8, 1997
Jun 2021Apr 22, 1997
Jul 2021May 8, 1997
Aug 2021May 22, 1997
Sep 2021Jun 15, 1997

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Mar 2019
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Jan 1, 1996
Movement:+18 weeks
In one may turn out to be one of the biggest surprises of the year, March 2019 produced a 19-week jump for F3-Philippines. It is great news, but at the same time raises the fear of future retrogressions, or prolonged periods of no-advancement. Obviously nobody, including the Visa Bulletin office, knows how this will turn out...

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
Mar 2019Jan 1, 1996+18 weeks
Feb 2019Aug 22, 1995+4 weeks
Jan 2019Jul 22, 1995+2 weeks
Dec 2018Jul 8, 1995+2 weeks
Nov 2018Jun 22, 1995+2 weeks
Oct 2018Jun 8, 1995+1 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, 1997+4 weeksUSCIS has not decided yet. Check back in a few days

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:

Mar 14, 2019

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