Visa Bulletin April 2021

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The State Department Visa Bulletin April 2021 shows backlogs in getting green cards in both the family and the employment-based categories. The time that it will take you to get a green card depends on the category of your petition and your country of birth. The Visa Bulletin is updated on a monthly basis.

How rapidly will your priority date in the Visa Bulletin advance or retrogress in the coming months? The new visa bulletin predictions will be available next week. You can click on the link to the Visa Bulletin Predictions by the State Department’s Charlie Oppenheim.

The USCIS has determined that F2A beneficiaries may file for adjustment of status using the Final Action Dates chart in the April 2021 Visa Bulletin. Applicants for adjustment of status in all other family-sponsored preference categories must use the Dates for Filing chart, and those in the employment-based preference categories must use the Final Action Dates chart.

You can stay up-to-date with the waiting times in the Visa Bulletin by subscribing to our Free E-Mail Newsletter. Also, see our Coronavirus – Immigration Updates page.

 

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All Worldwide EB categories will remain current in April 2021.

  • EB-1 for all countries including India and China will be current;
  • EB-2 India will move forward by 3 1/2 months while China will advance by 7 weeks;
  • EB-3 India will advance by 2 months while China will move ahead by 5 weeks;
  • EB-5 Vietnam will move forward by 2 months while China will remain frozen.

State Department Visa Bulletin April 2021

EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES

The employment-based (EB) categories in the Visa Bulletin are as follows:

An applicant’s priority date is the day that the government receives the employer’s PERM application. If a PERM application is not required, the priority date is the date the government receives an EB visa petition (Form I-140 or Form I-526).

Watch our EB videos to see various methods of shortening your waiting time for a green card.

All of the worldwide employment-based categories remain current (no backlogs) in April.

State Department Visa Bulletin April 2021

EB FINAL ACTION DATES

 

Category World China El Salvador,
Guatemala,
Honduras
India Mexico Philippines Vietnam
1st Current Current Current Current Current Current Current
2nd Current 9-01-16 Current 5-01-10 Current Current Current
3rd Current 3-15-18 Current 9-01-10 Current Current Current
Unskilled Current 6-01-09 Current 9-01-10 Current Current Current
4th Current Current 8-01-18 Current 2-01-19 Current Current
5th Current 8-15-15 Current Current Current Current 12-15-17

 

State Department Visa Bulletin April 2021

EB FILING DATE CHART

 

Category World China El Salvador,
Guatemala,
Honduras
India Mexico Philippines
1st Current Current Current Current Current Current
2nd Current 1-01-17 Current 5-15-11 Current Current
3rd Current 8-01-18 Current 1-01-14 Current Current
Unskilled Current 9-01-09 Current 1-01-14 Current Current
4th Current Current 11-01-18 Current Current Current
5th Current 12-15-15 Current Current Current Current

 

State Department Visa Bulletin April 2021

FAMILY CATEGORIES

The family-based categories in the visa bulletin are as follows:

An applicant’s priority date is the day that the government receives the I-130 Petition. Watch our family-based video to see various methods of shortening your waiting time for a green card.

The word “Current” in the Visa Bulletin indicates that no backlog presently exists in a particular category. Alternately, “U” or the word “Unavailable” indicates that it is not possible to apply for permanent residence in that category.

State Department Visa Bulletin April 2021

FB FINAL ACTION DATES

Category World China India Mexico Philippines
1st 10-08-14 10-08-14 10-08-14 2-22-98 1-22-12
2A Current Current Current Current Current
2B 8-08-15 8-08-15 8-08-15 7-22-99 9-01-11
3rd 8-08-08 8-08-08 8-08-08 10-01-96 4-01-02
4th 11-01-06 11-01-06 4-08-05 7-22-98 4-08-02

B. FAMILY-SPONSORED FILING DATE CHART – The chart below reflects dates for filing visa applications within a time frame justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions. The application date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa.

State Department Visa Bulletin April 2021

FB FILING DATE CHART

Category World China India Mexico Philippines
1st 9-15-15 9-15-15 9-15-15 3-01-00 9-01-13
2A 3-01-21 3-01-21 3-01-21 3-01-21 3-01-21
2B 6-15-16 6-15-16 6-15-16 7-08-00 11-08-12
3rd 6-22-09 6-22-09 6-22-09 9-08-00 5-01-03
4th 10-01-07 10-01-07 12-01-05 5-08-99 5-01-03

 

We link to the State Department Visa Bulletin.

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