October Visa Bulletin: Significant Advancement in Employment-Based Categories

October Visa Bulletin: Significant Advancement in Employment-Based Categories

September 24, 2020

Summary:

USCIS will accept employment-based adjustment applications in October from foreign nationals with a priority date that is earlier than the Dates for Filing (Chart B) listed in the State Department’s October Visa Bulletin. There are significant advances in most employment-based visa categories.  USCIS has announced that F2A applicants may file using the Final Action Dates chart. Applicants in all other family-sponsored preference categories must use the Dates for Filing chart.

Key Insights:

  • EB-1: China and India advance to September 1, 2020. All other countries remain current.
  • EB-2: India advances to May 15, 2011, while China advances by 2 months. All other countries remain current.
  • EB-3: The All Other Countries” category becomes current. India advances to January 1, 2015, and China advances to June 1, 2018.
  • Other workers: India advances to January 15, 2015, but China does not move forward. All other countries remain current.
  • EB-5: All countries, except China, are current.  If in the United States and otherwise eligible, Vietnamese nationals can submit an adjustment application based on an approved EB-5 petition.

Regarding Final Action Dates:

  • Family-sponsored categories saw forward movement up to several weeks. The F2A category remains current.
  • Employment-based categories saw the potential for rapid forward movement, particularly for China and India across EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 (professional) categories.
  • EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Worldwide categories are current.

October Dates for Filing – Employment-Based Visas 

EB All Other      China           El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
 
India          Mexico      Philippines
1st C 01SEP20 C 01SEP20 C C
2nd C 01OCT16 C 15MAY11 C C
3rd C 01JUN18 C 01JAN15 C C
Other
Workers
 
C 01OCT08 C 01JAN15 C C
4th C C 01FEB18 C C C
Certain
Religious
Workers
C C 01FEB18 C C C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
C 15DEC15 C C C C
5th
Regional
Center
C 15DEC15 C C C C
To file an Adjustment of Status application, please contact your WR attorney.
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