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November 2020 Visa Bulletin Released

October 29, 2020

November 2020 Visa Bulletin Released

 

USCIS has indicated that it will adopt Chart B – Date of Filing Chart for the Month of November. For more information, please visit the USCIS websiteThe Final Action Dates for employment-based categories see slight movement and the Dates of Filing for employment-based visa application remain unchanged in comparison to October 2020 visa bulletin.

FINAL ACTION DATES (Chart A):
The cut-off date for the EB-1 category for persons born in China and India has advanced by 6 months. All other countries in the EB-1 category are current.

The cut-off date for the EB-2 category for persons born in China has advanced by 52 days and the cut-off date for persons born in India has advanced by 21 days. All other countries in the EB-2 category are current.

The cut-off date for the EB-3 category for Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Vietnam, and the worldwide quota is current. The cut-off date for persons born in China has advanced by 3 months and the cut-off date for persons born in India has advanced by 45 days.

In the EB-4 category, the cut-off date for persons born in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras has advanced by 3 months and for persons born in Mexico by 44 days. The cut-off dates for China, India, Philippines, Vietnam, or in the worldwide quota are current.

The cut-off date for EB-5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) for persons born in India, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, or in the worldwide quota is current. The cut-off date for EB-5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) for persons born in China remains unchanged and the cut-off date for persons born in Vietnam has advanced by 14 days.

DATES FOR FILING (Chart B):
The cut-off dates for all employment-based categories remain unchanged in comparison to the October 2020 visa bulletin.

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 November 2020 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 Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Vietnam, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged. 
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of December 1, 2018. This category advanced by 6 months.
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of December 1, 2018. This category advanced by 6 months.
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 April 22, 2016. This category advanced by 52 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 September 22, 2009. This category advanced by 21 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 October 1, 2017. This category advanced by 3 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 March 1, 2010. This category advanced by 45 days. 
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 November 1, 2017. This category advanced by 3 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 October 15, 2018. This category advanced by 44 days.
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 August 15, 2017. This category advanced by 14 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 Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, or in the worldwide quota are current. These categories remain unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in China are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of September 1, 2020. This category remains unchanged.
  • Persons in the EB-1 category and born in India are current if they have a priority date before the cut-off date of September 1, 2020. This category remains 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 October 1, 2016. This category remains unchanged.
  • 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 June 1, 2018. This category remains unchanged.
  • 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, 2015. 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 February 1, 2018. This category remains unchanged.
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 November 2020 can be found here

Contributors: 
Kristina Gancarova, Law Clerk