USCIS Sets the February 2021 Adjustment of Status Filing Charts For the Visa Bulletin
Pasricha & Patel
After the U.S. Department of State published the February 2021 visa bulletin, the USCIS has followed up and announced that it will continue to follow the Dates for Filing for Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Applications for the February 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 February 2021, and this applies to all nationalities once again.
And just like the January 2021 visa bulletin, visa applicants will have to utilize the Dates for Filing for Family-Sponsored Adjustment of Status Applications chart for February 2021.
It should also be noted that for employment-based visa applicants, they will also continue to follow the Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications chart for the month of February 2021.
Of interest in this particular chart is that for EB-1 India, the visa availability date progressed quite dramatically, from September 1, 2019 in the January 2021 visa bulletin, to January 1, 2020 in the February 2021 visa bulletin. A corresponding move has also occurred for EB-1 China as well.
In contrast, for EB-2 India, the visa availability date only moved slightly from October 8, 2009 in the January 2021 visa bulletin to October 12, 2009 in the February 2021 visa bulletin. Meanwhile, for EB-3 India, the visa date moved from March 22, 2010 in January 2021 visa bulletin to April 1, 2010 in the February 2021 visa bulletin.
In addition, the U.S. Department of State visa bulletin also provided some predictions for visa availability movement in the coming months:
Of interest is in the Employed-based categories (potential monthly movements):
EB-1 (Worldwide): Current
EB-1 (China): Up to six months
EB-1 (India): Up to six months
EB-2 (Worldwide): Current:
EB-2 (China): Up to three weeks
EB-2 (India): Up to two weeks
EB-3 (Worldwide): Current
EB-3 (China)): Up to one month
EB-3 (India): Up to three weeks
EB-4: Current for most countries (including India and China)
EB-5: The category will remain ‘Current’ for most countries (including
EB-5 (China): No forward movement
From the predictions above, it does appear that the visa movements will be slow and steady in the upcoming months.
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