Visa Bulletin for December 2020


The latest green card waiting lists as of December 2020

Nov 29, 2020


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The U.S. Department of State released its Visa Bulletin for December 2020. That’s a big deal if you’re waiting for your priority date to be current so that your green card application can move forward.

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 December, all family-based — except those in the F-2A category — and employment-based visa applicants must use the “Dates for Filing” (available on the State Department’s website), whereas F-2A 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

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category22-Jul-1522-Jul-15No Change
China22-Jul-1522-Jul-15No Change
India22-Jul-1522-Jul-15No Change
Mexico22-Feb-0022-Feb-00No Change
Philippines8-Oct-128-Oct-12No 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

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
  • 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

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category1-May-161-May-16No Change
China1-May-161-May-16No Change
India1-May-161-May-16No Change
Mexico1-Dec-991-Dec-99No Change
Philippines1-Apr-121-Apr-12No Change
  • No countries advance this month, therefore all countries retain the same priority date.

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

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category1-Jun-091-Jun-09No Change
China1-Jun-091-Jun-09No Change
India1-Jun-091-Jun-09No Change
Mexico15-Aug-0015-Aug-00No Change
Philippines22-Dec-0222-Dec-02No Change
  • No countries advance this month, therefore all countries retain the same priority date.

F-4: siblings of U.S. citizens

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category15-Sep-0715-Sep-07No Change
China15-Sep-0715-Sep-07No Change
India22-Nov-0522-Nov-05No Change
Mexico22-Apr-9922-Apr-99No Change
Philippines1-Sep-021-Sep-02No 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

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General CategoryNo waitNo waitNo Change
China1-Nov-201-Sep-20-2 months
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo Change
India1-Nov-201-Sep-20-2 months
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo Change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo Change
VietnamNo waitNo waitNo Change

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

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

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-Oct-161-Oct-16No Change
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo Change
India15-May-1115-May-11No Change
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo Change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo Change
VietnamNo waitNo waitNo Change
  • No change for this category

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-Jun-181-Jun-18No change
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo change
India1-Jan-141-Jan-15+1 year
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo change
VietnamNo waitNo waitNo Change
  • No change for this category, except for India, which sees a one-year retrogression.

In the EB-4 “special immigrants” category, all countries remain current, except Central America, which sees a three-month advance. In the EB-5 category, almost all countries remain current or see no advances.

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 America1-May-181-Feb-18-3 months
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo Change
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo Change
VietnamNo waitNo waitNo Change
EB-5: InvestorsGeneral CategoryNo waitNo waitNo Change
China15-Dec-1515-Dec-15No Change
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo Change
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo Change
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo Change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo Change
VietnamNo waitNo waitNo Change

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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