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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

October 2021 Visa Bulletin: USCIS will use Dates for Filing Chart

 

October is the first month of the Fiscal Year 2022, which means a new batch of visa numbers has been released. 

As previously predicted, USCIS announced that they are going to use the Dates for Filing chart in both the family-based and employment-based cases, with an exception for the F2A category under family-based petition. F2A applicants can use the Final Action Date chart because final action dates are "current". 

The cut-off dates for family categories stay the same. 

In employment-based categories, the filing date for EB-2 India advances 7 months, but EB-3 India and China filing dates retrogress for a few months. 

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

      Family    
Other Countries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
12/01/2014
12/01/2014
12/01/2014
01/15/1999
03/01/2012
FD
05/15/2016
05/15/2016
05/15/2016
08/01/2000
04/22/2015
F2A
AD
      C
      C
      C
      C
      C
FD
06/01/2021
06/01/2021
06/01/2021
06/01/2021
06/01/2021
F2B
AD
09/22/2015
09/22/2015
09/22/2015
03/15/2000
10/22/2011
FD
09/22/2016
09/22/2016
09/22/2016
10/01/2000
10/01/2013
F3
AD
11/22/2008
11/22/2008
11/22/2008
05/15/1997
06/08/2002
FD
08/22/2009
08/22/2009
08/22/2009
09/08/2000
10/01/2003
F4
AD
03/22/2007
03/22/2007
09/15/2005
02/08/1999
08/22/2002
FD
10/01/2007
10/01/2007
01/01/2006
06/01/1999
02/01/2004

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
C
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
EB2
AD
C
07/01/2018
C
09/01/2011
C
C
C
FD
C
09/01/2018
C
07/08/2012
C
C
C
EB3
AD
C
01/08/2019
C
01/01/2014
C
C
C
FD
C
01/15/2019
C
01/08/2014
C
C
C
Other Workers
AD
C
02/01/2010  
C
01/01/2014
C
C
C
FD
C
05/01/2010
C
01/08/2014
C
C
C
EB4
AD
C
C
03/15/2019
C
03/01/2020
C
C
FD
C
C
05/15/2019
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
11/22/2015
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) 
 *(IR&R5 are "Unavailable in the October visa bulletin)


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