October 2021 Visa Bulletin Archive


Sep 14, 2021


Find the archived version of the October 2021 Visa Bulletin below, or check out the most recent Visa Bulletin.

If you don’t know what a “visa bulletin” or a “priority date” is, we’ve got you covered. Start by checking out the Boundless guide on How to Read the Visa Bulletin.

If you’re already familiar with those terms, scroll down to our summary of key developments or to the filing category that’s most relevant to you:

Family-based categories

Employment-based categories


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Every month, USCIS announces whether applicants already living in the United States should file their “adjustment of status” applications based on the “Final Action Dates” or the “Dates for Filing.”

For October, family-based applicants — except those in the F-2A category — must use the “Dates for Filing” (available on the State Department’s website), whereas F-2A must use the “Final Action Dates.” Employment-based visa applicants must use the Dates for Filing, as must applicants filing from outside the United States.

Family-Based Green Card Backlogs

F-1: UNMARRIED CHILDREN (AGE 21 AND OLDER) OF U.S. CITIZENS

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category15-May-1615-May-16No Change
China15-May-1615-May-16No Change
India15-May-1615-May-16No Change
Mexico1-Aug-001-Aug-00No Change
Philippines22-Apr-1522-Apr-15No Change

This category sees no change for all countries.

F-2A: SPOUSES AND UNMARRIED CHILDREN (UNDER AGE 21) OF U.S. GREEN CARD HOLDERS

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General CategoryNo waitNo waitNo Change
ChinaNo waitNo waitNo Change
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo Change
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo Change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo Change

This category sees no change, with all countries remaining current.

F-2B: unmarried children (age 21 or older) of U.S. green card holders

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category22-Sep-1622-Sep-16No Change
China22-Sep-1622-Sep-16No Change
India22-Sep-1622-Sep-16No Change
Mexico1-Oct-001-Oct-00No Change
Philippines1-Oct-131-Oct-13No Change

This category sees no change for all countries.

F-3: married children of U.S. citizens

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category22-Aug-0922-Aug-09No Change
China22-Aug-0922-Aug-09No Change
India22-Aug-0922-Aug-09No Change
Mexico8-Sep-008-Sep-00No Change
Philippines1-Oct-031-Oct-03No Change

This category sees no change for all countries.

F-4: siblings of U.S. citizens

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category1-Oct-071-Oct-07No Change
China1-Oct-071-Oct-07No Change
India1-Jan-061-Jan-06No Change
Mexico1-Jun-991-Jun-99No Change
Philippines1-Feb-041-Feb-04No Change

This category sees no change for all countries.

EB-1: extraordinary people, outstanding researchers and professors, and multinational executives and managers

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General CategoryNo waitNo waitNo Change
ChinaNo waitNo waitNo Change
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo Change
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo Change
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo Change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo Change
VietnamNo waitNo waitNo Change

This category sees no change for all countries.

EB-2: exceptional people and advanced degree holders

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General CategoryNo waitNo waitNo change
China1-Sept-181-Jul-18-7 months
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo change
India8-Jul-111-Sept-11-8 months, 1 week
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo change

Most countries remain current (meaning there is no wait) and two see movement in this category:

  • No wait for the General Category, Central America, Mexico, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
  • Seven-month change for China and eight-month change for India.

EB-3: bachelor’s degree holders, skilled workers, and unskilled workers

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General CategoryNo waitNo waitNo change
China15-Jan-198-Jan-19-1 week
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo change
India8-Jan-141-Jan-14-1 week
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo change

Most countries remain current (meaning there is no wait) and two see movement in this category:

  • No wait for the General Category, Central America, Mexico, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
  • One-week advance for India and China.

In the EB-4 “special immigrants” category, most countries remain current, and Central America and Mexico advance.

In the EB-5 category, almost all countries remain current, while Central America and Mexico advance by at least one month.

CategoryCountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
EB-4: Special ImmigrantsGeneral CategoryNo waitNo waitNo change
ChinaNo waitNo waitNo change
Central America15-May-1915-Mar-19-2 months
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo change
MexicoNo wait1-Mar-20-1 year, 7 months
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo change
VietnamNo waitNo waitNo change
EB-5: InvestorsGeneral CategoryNo waitNo waitNo change
China15-Dec-1522-Nov-15-5 weeks
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo change
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo change
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo change
VietnamNo wait1-Apr-20-1 year, 4 months

Why This Matters

If you’re in line for a green card, it’s important to keep track of actual changes (and likely future developments) in the Visa Bulletin. It’s always a good idea to prepare all the documents needed for your green card application ahead of time, so you can be ready to file as quickly as possible once the Visa Bulletin shows that a green card is available to you. By failing to file in a month when a green card is available, you risk facing a surprise backward movement (“retrogression”) in the next Visa Bulletin, which would close your window of opportunity for filing a green card application. Stay tuned for next month’s update! As always, we’ll highlight all the important changes for you.


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