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February 2021 Visa Bulletin Updates

According to the Department of State Visa Bulletin, the employment-based Final Action cutoff dates will advance in February 2021. The USCIS has announced that it will honor the “Final Action Dates” for all the employment-based Adjustment of Status applications, which means the USCIS will keep the “Dates for Filing” closed in February 2021. The EB-1, Eb-2, and EB-3 Final Action dates for countries except China and India are still current. The details are as follows:

  • EB-1 Final Action dates: China and India will move forward to 01/01/2020, advancing by 4 months. All other countries will remain current.

  • EB-2 Final Action dates: China will move forward to 06/15/2016, advancing by 2 weeks; India will move forward to 10/12/2009, advancing by 4 days. All other countries will remain current.

  • EB-3 Final Action dates: China will move forward 01/01/2018, advancing by 2 weeks; India will move forward to 04/01/2010, advancing by 10 days. All other countries will remain current.

  • EB-5 Final Action dates: China will remain unchanged at 08/15/2015. Applicants outside of the U.S. may start preparing for the consular processing application with the cutoff date 12/15/2015 listed on the “Dates for Filing” chart.

The DOS has made the following projections for Final Action dates movement through May 2021. However, actual cutoff dates in each month will be subject to fluctuation and change. According to the projections, EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Final Action dates for all countries except China and India will remain current through May 2021. EB-1 Final Action dates for China and India may advance up to six months. EB-2 final action dates for China and India may advance up to 2-3 weeks. EB-3 final action dates for China and India may advance up to 1-3 months. EB-5 Final Action dates for China will remain unchanged.

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