A blog about U.S. immigration matters by Paul Szeto, a former INS attorney and an experienced immigration lawyer. We serve clients in all U.S. states and overseas countries. (All information is not legal advice and is subject to change without prior notice.)

Contact: 732-632-9888, http://www.1visa1.com/

Follow by Email

Friday, September 25, 2020

October Visa Bulletin: EB3 India Filing Date Advances 5 Years

 


(UPDATE:   USCIS has decided to use Filing Date Chart for Employment-Based categories.  Hence, downgrading from EB-2 to EB-3 will be extremely beneficial for many Indian and Chinese applicants. )

Finally the October 2020 Visa Bulletin has been released last night.  

As expected, there is little or no movement at all with the Family-Based visa categories.

For Employment-Based categories, there are substantial movements in the Filing Dates Chart.  

  • EB-1:  China and India advanced 2 years and 2 months
  • EB-2: China advances 2 months; India 1 year and 9 months
  • EB-3:  China advances 1 year 1 month; India almost 5 years; Worldwide, Mexico, Philippines all current
Interestingly, the Final Action Date Charts have movements but not as substantial.  
  • EB-1:  China advances 3 months; India 3 months
  • EB-2 China advances 1.5 months; India 2 months
  • EB-3: China advances 4.5 months; India 3.5 months; Worldwide, Mexico, Philippines all current
  • EB-4: Unavailable for Religious Workers for all countries
  • EB-5 (Regional Centers): Unavailable for Religious Workers for all countries

It appears that although visa numbers are plentiful, the State Department does not want to advance the Final Action Dates as much. Instead, it allows USCIS to control the number of green card applications to accept.  If USCIS decided to accept more I-485 adjustment applications, it would choose to use the Filing Date Chart.  

AD: Dates for Final Action (Green Card Approval)              FD: Dates for Filing Applications Only


      Family
Other Countries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
09/15/2014
09/15/2014
09/15/2014
01/08/1998
12/15/2011
FD
07/22/2015
07/22/2015
07/22/2015
02/22/2000
10/08/2012
F2A
AD
      C
      C
      C
      C
      C
FD
08/01/2020
08/01/2020
08/01/2020
08/01/2020
08/01/2020
F2B
AD
07/08/2015
07/08/2015
07/08/2015
04/08/1999
08/01/2011
FD
05/01/2016
05/01/2016
05/01/2016
12/01/1999
04/01/2012
F3
AD
06/15/2008
06/15/2008
06/15/2008
08/01/1996
02/15/2002
FD
06/01/2009
06/01/2009
06/01/2009
08/15/2000
12/22/2002
F4
AD
09/22/2006
09/22/2006
03/08/2005
06/22/1998
01/01/2002
FD
09/15/2007
09/15/2007
11/22/2005
04/22/1999
09/01/2002

1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,400 per year).
2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.
2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.
3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,400 per year)
4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens. (about 65,000 per year)


Employment
Other Countries
China
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Mexico
Philippines

Vietnam
EB1
AD
C
06/01/2018
C
06/01/2018
C
C
C
FD
C
09/01/2020
C
09/01/2020
C
C
C
EB2
AD
C
03/01/2016
C
09/01/2009
C
C
C
FD
C
10/01/2016
C
05/15/2011
C
C
C
EB3
AD
C
07/01/2017
C
01/15/2010
C
C
C
FD
C
06/01/2018
C
01/01/2015
C
C
C
Other Workers
AD
C
12/01/2008
C
01/15/2010
C
C
C
FD
C
10/01/2008
C
01/01/2015
C
C
C
EB4
AD
C
C
08/01/2017
C
09/01/2018
C
C
FD
C
C
02/01/2018
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
08/15/2015
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
12/15/2015
C
C
C
C
C

1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding 
prof./researchers)
2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others)    
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)


(Immigration laws and policies change regularly.  If you have any questions regarding this article, please visit www.1visa1.com to schedule legal consultation.) 

No comments: