February, 2021 US Visa Bulletin Archive


Jan 28, 2021


Find the archived Visa Bulletin for April 2020 below, or check out the most recent 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 February, 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, 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

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category 8-Aug-15 22-Jul-15 -2 weeks, 3 days
China 8-Aug-15 22-Jul-15 -2 weeks, 3 days
India 8-Aug-15 22-Jul-15 -2 weeks, 3 days
Mexico 1-Mar-00 22-Feb-00 -1 week, 1 day
Philippines 22-Oct-12 8-Oct-12 -2 weeks
  • This category sees movement for all countries:
    • Two week advances for all countries except Mexico, which sees a one-month advance.

    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 22-May-16 1-May-16 -3 weeks
    China 22-May-16 1-May-16 -3 weeks
    India 22-May-16 1-May-16 -3 weeks
    Mexico 22-Dec-99 1-Dec-99 -3 weeks
    Philippines 15-Apr-12 1-Apr-12 -2 weeks

This category sees movement for all countries:

  • All countries advance this month by three weeks, except for the Philippines, which advances two weeks.

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

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category 22-Jun-09 1-Jun-09 -3 weeks
China 22-Jun-09 1-Jun-09 -3 weeks
India 22-Jun-09 1-Jun-09 -3 weeks
Mexico 8-Sep-00 15-Aug-00 -3 weeks, 1 day
Philippines 8-Jan-03 22-Dec-02 -2 weeks, 3 days
  • All countries advance this month:
    • Most countries see three-week advances, except the Philippines, which sees a two-week advance.

F-4: siblings of U.S. citizens

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category 1-Oct-07 15-Sep-07 -2 weeks, 2 days
China 1-Oct-07 15-Sep-07 -2 weeks, 2 days
India 1-Dec-05 22-Nov-05 -1 week, 2 days
Mexico 8-May-99 22-Apr-99 -2 weeks, 2 days
Philippines 1-Oct-02 1-Sep-02 -1 month
  • This category sees movement for all countries:
    • The Philippines advances by one month, and all other countries advance by two weeks.

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-Jan-20 1-Sep-19 -4 months
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India 01Jan20 01Sep19 -4 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.
  • Four-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 15-Jun-16 1-Jun-16 -2 weeks
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India 12-Oct-09 8-Oct-09 -4 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.
  • Four-day advance for India and two-week 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 1-Jan-18 15-Dec-17 -2 weeks, 3 days
Central America No wait 01Apr19 No Change
India 1-Apr-10 22-Mar-10 -1 week, 3 days
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-week advance for China and one-week advance for India.

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, except for Vietnam, which sees a one-month advance, while China remains static.

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 15Apr18 01Mar18 -1 month, 2 weeks
India No wait No wait No Change
Mexico 15-Dec-18 1-Dec-18 -2 weeks
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 1-Oct-17 15-Sep-17 -2 weeks, 2 days

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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