US State Department Announces Cutoff Dates For Employment-based Visas

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April 5, 2021

The May 2021 Visa Bulletin was released along with Dates for Filing for employment-based visa categories. The cutoff dates remain current for EB-1 and minimal advancement for EB-2 and EB-3. China and India advance three months for EB-2 while for EB-3 China moves two months and India advances by 5 months. For EB-5, China does not show an advanced date while Vietnam moves about two months. The Bulletin outlines the priority cutoff dates that regulate the availability of immigrant visas. 

It includes an Application Final Action Dates chart as well as the  Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart. The former refers to when the status application or immigrant visa applications are approved and a permanent residence is granted. The latter explains when intending immigrants can file for adjustments of their application status.    

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) chose the Final Action chart to follow for the month of May. The eligibility to file an EB adjustment application depends on the priority date. This must be earlier than the date listed in the chart based on the preference category and country.  In the chart ‘C’ refers to current, which means applications can be filed regardless of the priority date.   

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