F4-Philippines: Visa Bulletin Predictions

What does Immigration Planner predict?

Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F4 for the 🇵🇭Philippines.
Brothers and sisters (siblings) of U.S. Citizens.

F4, the 🇵🇭Philippines – Final Action Dates Predictions FY2019 – FY2021:

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

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Sep 2019
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Jul 1, 1998
Movement:+8 weeks
The period from 2013 to 2018 has been more or less in line with the averages of the last 20 years. But something happened in Fiscal Year 2019 with the State Department looking for documentarily qualified applicants for F4 - Philippines. And like for F3 - Philippines, not finding them. The advancement for FY2019 has been nothing short of spectacular, but the question will soon become what is left of it when the new Fiscal Year begin in October 1st, 2019.

See F4  All CountriesIndia 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 2019Jul 1, 1998+8 weeks
Aug 2019May 1, 1998+17 weeks
Jul 2019Jan 1, 1998+30 weeks
Jun 2019Jun 1, 1997+13 weeks
May 2019Mar 1, 1997+39 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
Dec 22, 1998+1 weeks✔︎ Yes, the Filing Date can be used

Historically, how long did it take for F4-Philippines applicants to become ‘current’?

This is how long we believe it will take for prior F4-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 best of the last 20 years for F4-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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