Visa Bulletin for May 2021


The latest green card waiting lists as of May 2021

Apr 25, 2021


The U.S. Department of State released its Visa Bulletin for May 2021. 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 May, 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

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category1-Oct-1515-Sep-15-2 weeks, 2 days
China1-Oct-1515-Sep-15-2 weeks, 2 days
India1-Oct-1515-Sep-15-2 weeks, 2 days
Mexico1-Mar-001-Mar-00No change
Philippines1-Nov-131-Sep-13-2 months

This category sees some change, except Mexico, which sees none:

  • Two-week advances for the General Category, India, and China
  • Two-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 has seen 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-Jun-1615-Jun-16-1 week
China22-Jun-1615-Jun-16-1 week
India22-Jun-1615-Jun-16-1 week
Mexico8-Aug-008-Jul-00-1 month
Philippines8-Jan-138-Nov-12-2 months

This category sees movement for all countries:

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

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

CountryNew
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category22-Jun-0922-Jun-09No change
China22-Jun-0922-Jun-09No change
India22-Jun-0922-Jun-09No change
Mexico8-Sep-008-Sep-00No change
Philippines1-July-031-May-3-2 months

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


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-July-031-May-03-2 months

This category sees no change for all countries except the Philippines, which sees a two-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 now 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-Jul-171-Jan-17-6 months
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo change
India15-May-1115-May-11No change
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.
  • Three-month advance for India and 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-Sep-181-Aug-18-1 month
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo change
India1-Jan-141-Jan-14No change
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.
  • Two-month advance for China and five-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, which sees a two-month advance, while China remains static.

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-Sept-181-Aug-18-1 month
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo Change
Mexico15-Mar-191-Feb-19-1 month, 2 weeks
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo Change
VietnamNo waitNo waitNo Change
EB-5: InvestorsGeneral CategoryNo waitNo waitNo Change
China15-Aug-1515-Aug-15No Change
Central AmericaNo waitNo waitNo Change
IndiaNo waitNo waitNo Change
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo Change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo Change
Vietnam15-Feb-1815-Dec-17-2 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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