Visa Bulletin November 2021

Scroll down this page to see the latest Visa Bulletin Final Action Dates and Filing Dates Charts.

The State Department Visa Bulletin November 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 are available now. You can click on the link to the Visa Bulletin Predictions by the State Department’s Charlie Oppenheim.

In the November 2021 Visa Bulletin:

  • EB-1 will remain current for all countries.
  • EB-2 China Final Action dates will move forward by 4 1/2 months to November 15, 2018, and EB-2 India Final Action dates will advance by 3 months to December 1, 2011. Dates for Filing will advance by 5 months for EB-2 China to February 1, 2019, and by 6 months for EB-2 India to January 8, 2013.  All other countries will remain current.
  • EB-3 India Final Action dates will retrogress almost 2 years to January 15, 2012. EB-3 China will retrogress by 9 1/2 months to March 22, 2018. The EB-3 Dates for Filing will retrogress to January 22, 2012 for India, and to April 1, 2018 for China.  All other countries will remain current.

The USCIS has provided information as to when applicants can file for adjustment of status in November 2021 under both the employment-based and family-based preference categories.  

 

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State Department Visa Bulletin November 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.

State Department Visa Bulletin November 2021

EMPLOYMENT-BASED FINAL ACTION DATES

 

Category World China El Salvador,
Guatemala,
Honduras
India Mexico Philippines Vietnam
1st Current Current Current Current Current Current Current
2nd Current 11-15-18 Current 12-01-11 Current Current Current
3rd Current 3-22-18 Current 1-15-12 Current Current Current
Unskilled Current 3-01-10 Current 1-15-12 Current Current Current
4th Current Current 3-15-19 Current 4-01-20 Current Current
5th Current 11-22-15 Current Current Current Current Current

The EB-5 Regional Center program expired on June 30, 2021.

State Department Visa Bulletin November 2021

EMPLOYMENT-BASED FILING DATE CHART

 

Category World China El Salvador,
Guatemala,
Honduras
India Mexico Philippines
1st Current Current Current Current Current Current
2nd Current 2-01-19 Current 1-08-13 Current Current
3rd Current 4-01-18 Current 1-22-12 Current Current
Unskilled Current 5-01-10 Current 1-22-12 Current Current
4th Current Current 5-15-19 Current Current Current
5th Current 12-15-15 Current Current Current Current

The EB-5 Regional Center program expired on June 30, 2021.

State Department Visa Bulletin November 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 November 2021

FAMILY-BASED FINAL ACTION DATES

Category World China India Mexico Philippines
1st 12-01-14 12-01-14 12-01-14 1-15-99 3-01-12
2A Current Current Current Current Current
2B 9-22-15 9-22-15 9-22-15 3-15-00 10-22-11
3rd 11-22-08 11-22-08 11-22-08 5-15-97 6-08-02
4th 3-22-07 3-22-07 9-15-05 2-08-99 8-22-02

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.

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FAMILY-BASED FILING DATE CHART

 

Category World China India Mexico Philippines
1st 5-15-16 5-15-16 5-15-16 8-01-00 4-22-15
2A 6-01-21 6-01-21 6-01-21 6-01-21 6-01-21
2B 9-22-16 9-22-16 9-22-16 10-01-00 10-01-13
3rd 8-22-09 8-22-09 8-22-09 9-08-00 10-01-03
4th 10-01-07 10-01-07 1-01-06 6-01-99 2-01-04

 

@TravelGov will be hosting “Chats with Charlie” on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/TravelGov) to discuss information provided in the monthly Visa Bulletin with our expert Charlie Oppenheim.  This month’s chat is scheduled to take place on October 26, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST to discuss the November Visa Bulletin.

Questions can be emailed to VisaBulletin@state.gov ahead of the event with “Chat with Charlie Question” in the subject line.  Questions will also be taken via the YouTube Live Chat and will be answered in real-time.  The event is intended to address issues of general interest related to the content of the Visa Bulletin, and no policy, case or post specific questions will be accepted. This will be Charlie’s last chat before his retirement, but @TravelGov will continue to host chats on consular related issues.

We link to the State Department Visa Bulletin.

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