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

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Apr 2021
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Jan 1, 2002
Movement:+5 weeks
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
Apr 2021Jan 1, 2002+5 weeks
Mar 2021Jan 1, 2002+4 weeks
Feb 2021Jan 1, 2002None
Jan 2021Jan 1, 2002+4 weeks
Nov 2020Jan 1, 2002None
Oct 2020Jan 1, 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 8, 1999None✔︎ 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:

Apr 22, 2020

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