July 2021 – US Visa Bulletin Archive


Jun 27, 2021


Find the archived Visa Bulletin for July 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.

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 July, 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 also 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

General Category15-May-161-Mar-16-2 months, 2 weeks
China15-May-161-Mar-16-2 months, 2 weeks
India15-May-161-Mar-16-2 months, 2 weeks
Mexico1-Aug-0015-May-00-2 months, 2 weeks, 3 days
Philippines22-Apr-1515-May-14-11 months, 1 week

This category sees change for all countries:

  • Two-month advances for the General Category, India, China, and Mexico.
  • Eleven-month advance for the Philippines.

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

General Category22-Sep-1615-Aug-16-1 month, 1 week
China22-Sep-1615-Aug-16-1 month, 1 week
India22-Sep-1615-Aug-16-1 month, 1 week
Mexico8-Aug-008-Aug-00No change
Philippines1-Oct-131-Aug-13-2 months

This category sees movement for all countries, except Mexico:

  • One-month advance for the General Category, India, and China.
  • Two-month advance for the Philippines.
  • No change for Mexico.

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

General Category22-Aug-091-Aug-09-3 weeks
China22-Aug-091-Aug-09-3 weeks
India22-Aug-091-Aug-09-3 weeks
Mexico8-Sep-008-Sep-00No change
Philippines1-Oct-038-Aug-03-1 month, 3 weeks, 2 days

This category sees no change for Mexico but all other countries advance:

  • Three-week advance for the General Category, India, and China.
  • One-month advance for the Philippines.

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-Dec-051-Dec-05No change
Mexico8-May-998-May-99No change
Philippines1-Feb-048-Aug-03-5 months, 3 weeks, 3 days

This category sees no change for all countries except the Philippines, which sees a five-month advance.


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

All countries are current (meaning there is no wait).


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-Dec-171-May-17-7 months
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo change
India1-June-111-Dec-10-6 months
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.
  • Six-month advance for India.
  • Seven-month advance for China.

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
China1-Jan-191-Sep-18-4 months
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo change
India1-Jan-131-Nov-11-2 months
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.
  • Four-month advance for China and two-month 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 and China, which advance.

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 America01Dec1801Nov18-1 month
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo change
Mexico1-Feb-201-Nov-19-3 months
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo change
VietnamNo waitNo waitNo change
EB-5: InvestorsGeneral CategoryNo waitNo waitNo change
China8-Nov-1515-Sep-15-1 month, 3 weeks, 1 day
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo change
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo change
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo change
Vietnam1-Apr-2015-Apr-18-11 months, 2 weeks, 3 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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