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
Oct 2019Jul 8, 1998
Nov 2019Sep 1, 1998
Dec 2019Dec 15, 1998
Jan 2020Mar 1, 1999
Feb 2020Jul 1, 1999
Mar 2020Dec 1, 1999
Apr 2020May 1, 2000
May 2020Jun 8, 2000
Jun 2020Jul 15, 2000
Jul 2020Aug 22, 2000
Aug 2020Oct 8, 2000
Sep 2020Nov 15, 2000
Oct 2020Dec 22, 2000
Nov 2020Jan 22, 2001
Dec 2020Mar 8, 2001
Jan 2021Apr 22, 2001
Feb 2021May 22, 2001
Mar 2021Jul 8, 2001
Apr 2021Aug 15, 2001
May 2021Sep 22, 2001
Jun 2021Oct 22, 2001
Jul 2021Dec 8, 2001
Aug 2021Jan 15, 2002
Sep 2021Feb 22, 2002
Oct 2021Apr 8, 2002
Nov 2021May 15, 2002
Dec 2021Jun 22, 2002
Jan 2022Aug 1, 2002
Feb 2022Sep 8, 2002
Mar 2022Oct 15, 2002
Apr 2022Nov 22, 2002
May 2022Jan 8, 2003
Jun 2022Feb 15, 2003
Jul 2022Mar 22, 2003
Aug 2022May 1, 2003
Sep 2022Jun 8, 2003

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What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Apr 2020
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:May 1, 2000
Movement:+21 weeks
Same story as in March. F4- Phil does not seem to be different from F1, F2B, and F3. The Visa Office seems to believe that there are just not enough Documentarily Qualified applicants at this point in Fiscal Year 2020 (we are halfway through) to get to the annual numerical limit. As a result, the Visa Office has been pushing the Visa Bulletin date forward aggressively, especially since December 2019. The impressive advancement of Fiscal Year 2019 might not have been enough to get applicants to react last Fall.

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 2020May 1, 2000+21 weeks
Mar 2020Dec 1, 1999+21 weeks
Feb 2020Jul 1, 1999+17 weeks
Jan 2020Mar 1, 1999+10 weeks
Dec 2019Dec 15, 1998+15 weeks
Nov 2019Sep 1, 1998+7 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
Jan 15, 1999+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:

Apr 13, 2020

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