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USCIS Sets the September 2020 Adjustment of Status Filing Charts from the Visa Bulletin

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For the September 2020 Visa Bulletin published by the U.S. Department of State, the USCIS has decided to continue to follow the previous months’ filing procedure and set that for family-sponsored filings, filers should once again follow the Dates for Filing Chart for the September 2020 Visa Bulletin.

And just like in previous months, 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) may continue to use the Final Action Dates chart for September 2020, and this applies to all nationalities.

Furthermore, just like in the last few months, the USCIS continues to permit all filers in the employment-based preference filings should follow the Final Action Dates for employment-based preference cases for the September 2020 visa bulletin. By continuing this trend, the assumption is that the visa number usage in the employment-based preference filings continue to be strong, and the USCIS wants to hold the line on the EB-preference case numbers for a while more.

However, unlike in recent months, there is little to no movement in the employment-based visa categories. 

For example, in the EB-1 visa category, besides India and China, all countries remain current. And for India and China, both of their dates moved from February 8, 2018 to March 1, 2018.

In the EB-2 visa category, both India and China’s dates remain the same as the August 2020 dates, while all other countries remain current.

And in the EB-3 visa category, India’s date remains at October 1, 2019, and China’s date remains at February 15, 2017. All other countries remain at April 1, 2019.

Due to the fluid nature of the visa number movement in these months, and coupled by the uncertainties posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we do advise readers to refer back to our site regularly for any updates and new developments about the monthly visa bulletin.

Should you have any further questions about the different visa preference categories and filing procedures, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns further.