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USCIS Sets August 2021 Adjustment of Status Filing Charts For the Visa Bulletin

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Following the U.S. Department of State’s recent publication of the August 2021 Visa Bulletin, the USCIS has just formally announced that it will continue to follow the Dates for Filing for Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Applications for the August 2021 Visa Bulletin.

Because the F2A category remains ‘Current’ on the Final Action Dates Chart for Family-sponsored preference cases, this means that applicants in the F2A category (spouses and children of permanent residents) will continue to follow the Final Action Dates chart for August 2021, and this applies to all nationalities once again.

Furthermore, for employment-based visa applicants, the USCIS will continue to follow the Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications chart for the month of August 2021.

Continuing the trend made by the U.S. Department of State as part of their regular briefings given to visa users and stakeholders, the most recent months’ predictions about how the visa availability movements in the employment-based visa preference category by the U.S. Department of State would continue to advance steadily, the employment-based visa categories for both India and China have continued to move ahead once again, although at different speeds for each country.

For example, the August 2021 EB-1 visa preference category continues to remain Current for both China and India, along with all other countries.

As for EB-2 India, the visa availability date actually remained the same as the July 2021 visa bulletin at June 1, 2011 in the August 2021 visa bulletin.

Meanwhile, EB-2 China visa preference category moved ahead from December 1, 2017 in the July 2021 visa bulletin to April 1, 2018 in the August 2021 visa bulletin.

As for EB-3 India, the visa availability movement forward was quite impressive:  from January 1, 2013 to July 1, 2013 in the August 2021 visa bulletin.

As for EB-3 China, the visa date only moved slightly ahead from January 1, 2019 to January 8, 2019 (for Professional Workers), and from December 1, 2009 to January 1, 2010 for Other Workers.

The projections for even further visa date movements ahead in the coming months continues to be quite optimistic, especially for the new fiscal year 2022 (which starts in October 2021) for employment-based visa categories for India and China.  Applicants in those particular visa categories would do well to plan ahead, should applicants think their own visa priority dates become current/available in the coming months.

Once again, with the recent advancements in the visa bulletin dates, we do encourage readers to continue to check back with our site for any updates regarding this and any other latest immigration news and developments. 

Should you wish to discuss your case matter further, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule an appointment so we can assist you further.