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Thursday, October 29, 2020

November Visa Bulletin - No Changes with EB Filing Dates

The November Visa Bulletin was finally published today (10/29/2020).   There Filing Date Chart for employment visa categories is almost identical with October's chart.  Hence, downgrading from EB-2 to EB-3 for Indian and Chinese nationals will still be possible. They can also file the I-485 and I-765 applications concurrently.

The Final Action dates have advanced for India and China:

EB1 India: 12/01/18
EB2 India: 09/22/09
EB3 India: 03/01/10

EB1 China: 12/01/18
EB2 China: 04/22/16
EB3 China: 10/01/17


USCIS has decided the following:  

Applicants in the F2A category may file using the Final Action Dates chart for November 2020.

For all the other family-sponsored preference categories, you must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for November 2020. 

For Employment-Based Preference Filings:

For all employment-based preference categories, you must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for November 2020.


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
12/01/2018
C
12/01/2018
C
C
C
FD
C
09/01/2020
C
09/01/2020
C
C
C
EB2
AD
C
04/22/2016
C
09/22/2009
C
C
C
FD
C
10/01/2016
C
05/15/2011
C
C
C
EB3
AD
C
10/01/2017
C
03/01/2010
C
C
C
FD
C
06/01/2018
C
01/01/2015
C
C
C
Other Workers
AD
C
01/01/2009
C
03/01/2010
C
C
C
FD
C
05/01/2009
C
01/01/2015
C
C
C
EB4
AD
C
C
11/01/2017
C
10/15/2018
C
C
FD
C
C
02/01/2018
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
08/15/2015
C
C
C
C
08/15/2017
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)


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