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April 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

March 12, 2021

The U.S. Department of State released the April 2021 Visa Bulletin.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, the USCIS has not indicated whether it will be using Chart A or Chart B for April 2021. For more information, please visit the USCIS website.

FINAL ACTION DATES (Chart A):
The employment-based categories in the Final Action Dates (Chart A) are current for ALL categories including people born in China and India. 

The Final Action Dates for EB-2, EB-3, EB-4, and EB-5 employment-based categories keep moving forward in April 2021.

The Final Action Dates for the EB-2 category for people born in China advanced by 1 month and 17 days to September 1, 2016. The EB-2 category for people born in India advanced by 3 months and 16 days to May 1, 2010.

The Final Action Dates for the EB-3 category for people born in China advanced by 1 month and 7 days to March 15, 2018. The EB-3 category for people born in India advanced by 2 months to September 1, 2010.

The Final Action Dates for the EB-4 category for people born in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras advanced by 2 months to August 1, 2018. The EB-4 category for people born in Mexico advanced by 1 month to February 1, 2019.

DATES FOR FILING (Chart B):
The Dates of Filing for employment-based visa applications see a movement forward in EB-2 and EB-3 categories for people born in China. The remaining employment-based categories remain largely unchanged compared to March 2021.

The Dates of Filing for the EB-2 category for people born in China advanced by 3 months to January 1, 2017, and for the EB-3 for people born in China advanced by 2 months to August 1, 2018.

The Dates of Filing for the EB-4 category for people born in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras advanced by 2 months to November 1, 2018.

The EIG team is closely monitoring changes to the monthly visa bulletin and determining the best plan of action for each case. We will reach out to individuals whose priority date will be current next month to initiate the next step of the green card process. We have also summarized frequently asked questions in our August 8 Issue of the EIG Dispatch. We encourage you to read this article to have a better grasp of the visa bulletin and to understand what your priority date means.

The April 2021 Visa Bulletin can be found here and is summarized below:

Application Final Action Dates (dates when visas may be issued)

EB-1
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in China, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, or in the worldwide quota are current. 
EB-2
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Vietnam, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of September 1, 2016. This category advanced by 1 month and 17 days.
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of May 1, 2010. This category advanced by 3 months and 16 days. 
EB-3
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Vietnam, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of March 15, 2018. This category advanced by 1 month and 7 days. 
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of September 1, 2010. This category advanced by 2 months. 
EB-4
  • Persons in the EB-4 category born in China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-4 category and born in El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of August 1, 2018. This category advanced by 2 months. 
  • Persons in the EB-4 category and born in Mexico are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of February 1, 2019. This category advanced by 1 month.
EB-5
  • Persons in the EB-5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of August 15, 2015. This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) category and born in Vietnam are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of December 15, 2017. This category advanced by 1 month and 23 days.
  • Persons in the EB-5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) category and born in India, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.

Dates for Filing Applications (earliest dates when applicants may be able to apply)

EB-1

  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in China, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, the Philippines, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.
EB-2
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of January 1, 2017. This category advanced by 3 months.
  • Persons in the EB-2 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of May 15, 2011. This category remains unchanged.
EB-3
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, or in the worldwide quota are now current. These categories remain unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of August 1, 2018. This category advanced by 2 months.
  • Persons in the EB-3 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of January 1, 2014. This category remains unchanged.
EB-4 
  • Persons in the EB-4 category and born in China, India, Mexico, the Philippines, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-4 category and born in El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of November 1, 2018. This category advanced by 2 months.
EB-5
  • Persons in the EB-5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of December 15, 2015. This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the worldwide quota, India, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, or the Philippines are current. These categories remain unchanged.
The complete Visa Bulletin for April 2021 can be found here