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
Jun 2022Mar 8, 2003
Jul 2022Apr 22, 2003
Aug 2022Jun 15, 2003
Sep 2022Aug 8, 2003
Oct 2022Sep 22, 2003
Nov 2022Nov 15, 2003
Dec 2022Jan 1, 2004
Jan 2023Feb 22, 2004
Feb 2023Apr 8, 2004
Mar 2023May 22, 2004
Apr 2023Jul 15, 2004
May 2023Sep 8, 2004
Jun 2023Oct 22, 2004
Jul 2023Dec 15, 2004
Aug 2023Feb 8, 2005
Sep 2023Mar 22, 2005
Oct 2023May 15, 2005
Nov 2023Jul 1, 2005
Dec 2023Aug 22, 2005
Jan 2024Oct 15, 2005
Feb 2024Dec 1, 2005
Mar 2024Jan 22, 2006
Apr 2024Mar 8, 2006
May 2024Apr 22, 2006
Jun 2024Jun 15, 2006
Jul 2024Aug 8, 2006
Aug 2024Sep 22, 2006
Sep 2024Nov 15, 2006
Oct 2024Jan 8, 2007
Nov 2024Feb 22, 2007
Dec 2024Apr 15, 2007
Jan 2025Jun 8, 2007
Feb 2025Jul 22, 2007
Mar 2025Sep 8, 2007
Apr 2025Oct 22, 2007
May 2025Dec 15, 2007

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:May 2022
Final Action Date:Aug 22, 2002
The Visa Office set F4-Phil on this crazy upward trajectory since December 2019, making the last two Fiscal Years of 2019 and 2020 very different from anything we had ever seen. We are running out of words to describe the very poor approach and performance of the Visa Office with Phil. It feels like a concerted effort to learn nothing. Here also retrogression / long periods of stagnation are around the corner.

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
May 2022Aug 22, 2002None
Apr 2022Aug 22, 2002None
Mar 2022Aug 22, 2002None
Feb 2022Aug 22, 2002None
Jan 2022Aug 22, 2002None
Dec 2021Aug 22, 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
Mar 1, 2001+9 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:

Jun 23, 2022

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