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January 2021 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The January 2021 visa bulletin has been released. It is available here.

Employment-based petitions must refer to the Final Action chart, not the Dates for Filing chart. This means that dates for EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 applicants from China or India have retrogressed.

The employment-based dates are as follows: EB-1 is current for all countries except China (Sep 1, 2019) and India (Sep 1, 2019).  EB-2 is current for all countries except China (Jun 1, 2016) and India (Oct 8, 2009). EB-3 is current for all countries except China (Dec 15, 2017) and India (Mar 22, 2010). EB-3 Other Workers is current for all countries except China (Mar 1, 2009) and India (Mar 22, 2010). EB-4 is current for all countries except El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (Mar 1, 2018) and Mexico (Dec 1, 2018). EB-5 non-regional centers are current for all countries except China (Aug 15, 2015) and Vietnam (Sep 15, 2017).

For family-based petitions, applicants in the F2A category may file using the Final Action Dates chart. All other applicants must use the Dates for Filing chart. Family-based dates have not changed from the December visa bulletin.

The dates are as follows: the F1 date is July 22, 2015 for all areas except Mexico (Feb 22, 2000) and the Philippines (Oct 8, 2012). The F2A date is current for all areas. The F2B date is May 1, 2016 for all areas except Mexico (Dec 1, 1999) and the Philippines (April 1, 2012). F3 is at Jun 1, 2009 for all countries except Mexico (Aug 15, 2000) and the Philippines (Dec 22, 2002). The F4 date is Sept 15, 2007 for all countries except India (Nov 22, 2005), Mexico (April 22, 1999), and the Philippines (Sept 1, 2002).

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