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Friday, November 19, 2021

December 2021 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 India/China Advance

 



Charles Oppenheim of State Department's Visa Control office already predicted possible advances this month for EB2 India and China in December.  However, EB-3 India and China have no movement. 

The Filing Dates and Final Action Dates for EB-2 India and China have advanced as follows:

The Filing Dates -

  • EB-2 India:  Advancement of 6 months to 07/8/2013
  • EB-2 China: Advancement of 2 months to 04/01/2019

The Final Action Dates -

  • EB-2 India:  Advancement of 5 months to 5/01/2012
  • EB-2 China: Advancement of 1.5 months to 01/01/2019

The Final Action Date and Filing Date of "Other Workers" for China-Mainland have substantially advanced 2.5 years and 5 years respectively. 

The cutoff dates for Family visa categories have mostly stayed the same for most countries, except Mexico which has the 1.5 – 4 months of advancements.

USCIS announced that I-485 adjustment applicants must use the Dates for Filing chart (FD Chart) in both the family-based and employment-based cases, except the F2A category. F2A applicants can use the Final Action Date chart because final action dates are "current".  

Please see below for details.

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

05/08/1999

03/01/2012

FD

05/15/2016

05/15/2016

05/15/2016

12/01/2000

04/22/2015

F2A

AD

      C

      C

      C

      C

      C

FD

09/01/2021

09/01/2021

09/01/2021

09/01/2021

09/01/2021

F2B

AD

09/22/2015

09/22/2015

09/22/2015

07/01/2000

10/22/2011

FD

09/22/2016

09/22/2016

09/22/2016

01/01/2001

10/01/2013

F3

AD

11/22/2008

11/22/2008

11/22/2008

07/15/1997

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

03/15/1999

08/22/2002

FD

10/01/2007

10/01/2007

01/01/2006

08/01/1999

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

EB1

AD

C

C

C

C

C

C

FD

C

C

C

C

C

C

EB2

AD

C

01/01/2019

C

5/01/2012

C

C

FD

C

04/01/2019

C

07/08/2013

C

C

EB3

AD

C

03/22/2018

C

01/15/2012

C

C

FD

C

04/01/2018

C

01/22/2012

C

C

Other Workers

AD

C

 03/01/2012  

C

01/15/2012

C

C

FD

C

05/01/2015

C

01/22/2012

C

C

EB4

AD

C

C

03/15/2019

C

 04/01/2020

C

FD

C

C

05/15/2019

C

C

C

EB5

AD

C

C

C

C

C

C

FD

C

12/15/2015

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) 

China-Mainland Born Employment-Based 5th Preference C5 & T5 Non-Regional Center Visa Categories Become "Current" for December."

 *(I5&R5 are still "Unavailable" in the December visa bulletin)


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


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