January 2021: U.S. Visa Bulletin Archive


January, 2021 U.S. Visa Bulletin Archives - Boundless Immigration

Jan 4, 2021


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Find the archived Visa Bulletin for January 2021 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.

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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 January, all 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 “Final Action Dates.” Applicants filing from outside the United States must follow the Final Action Dates.

Family-Based Green Card Backlogs

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

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category 22-Jul-15 22-Jul-15 No Change
China 22-Jul-15 22-Jul-15 No Change
India 22-Jul-15 22-Jul-15 No Change
Mexico 22-Feb-00 22-Feb-00 No Change
Philippines 8-Oct-12 8-Oct-12 No Change
  • No countries advance this month, therefore all countries retain the same priority date.

F-2A: spouses and unmarried children (under age 21) of U.S. green card holders

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category No wait No wait No Change
China No wait No wait No Change
India No wait No wait No Change
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
  • No countries advance this month, therefore all countries retain the same priority date.

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

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category 1-May-16 1-May-16 No Change
China 1-May-16 1-May-16 No Change
India 1-May-16 1-May-16 No Change
Mexico 1-Dec-99 1-Dec-99 No Change
Philippines 1-Apr-12 1-Apr-12 No Change
  • No countries advance this month, therefore all countries retain the same priority date.

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

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category 1-Jun-09 1-Jun-09 No Change
China 1-Jun-09 1-Jun-09 No Change
India 1-Jun-09 1-Jun-09 No Change
Mexico 15-Aug-00 15-Aug-00 No Change
Philippines 22-Dec-02 22-Dec-02 No Change
  • No countries advance this month, therefore all countries retain the same priority date.

F-4: siblings of U.S. citizens

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category 15-Sep-07 15-Sep-07 No Change
China 15-Sep-07 15-Sep-07 No Change
India 22-Nov-05 22-Nov-05 No Change
Mexico 22-Apr-99 22-Apr-99 No Change
Philippines 1-Sep-02 1-Sep-02 No Change
  • No countries advance this month, therefore all countries retain the same priority date.

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

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category No wait No wait No Change
China 1-Sep-19 1-Dec-18 -9 months
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India 01Sep19 1-Dec-18 -9 months
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
Vietnam No wait No wait No 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.
  • Nine-month advance for India and China

EB-2: exceptional people and advanced degree holders

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category No wait No wait No Change
China 1-Jun-16 22-Apr-16 -1 month, 1 week, 3 days
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India 8-Oct-09 22-Sep-09 -2 weeks, 2 days
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
Vietnam No wait No wait No 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.
  • Two-week advance for India and one-month advance for China.

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

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category No wait 01Apr19 No Change
China 15-Dec-17 1-Oct-17 -2 months, 2 weeks
Central America No wait 01Apr19 No Change
India 22-Mar-10 1-Mar-10 -3 weeks
Mexico No wait 01Apr19 No Change
Philippines No wait 01Apr19 No Change
Vietnam No wait 01Apr19 No 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.
  • Two-month advance for China and three-week advance for India.

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

In the EB-5 category almost all countries remain current, including China, except for Vietnam, which sees a one-month advance.

Category Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
EB-4: Special Immigrants General Category No wait No wait No Change
China No wait No wait No Change
Central America 01Mar18 01Nov17 -4 months
India No wait No wait No Change
Mexico 1-Dec-18 15Oct18 -1 month, 2 weeks, 2 days
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
Vietnam No wait No wait No Change
EB-5: Investors General Category No wait No wait No Change
China 15-Aug-15 15-Aug-15 No Change
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India No wait No wait No Change
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
Vietnam 15-Sep-17 15-Aug-17 -1 month

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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