USCIS Visa Bulletin Dec 2020 Employment Green Card Dates

India Final Action EB2 Moves Ahead +9 Days, EB3 Slides Forward +14 Days, EB1 Jumps +4 Month 1 Days. China Final Action EB3 Moves Ahead +1 Month 1 Days, EB2 Slides Forward +9 Days, EB1 Jumps +4 Month 1 Days

Am22tech
  By Am22tech    Updated  27 Nov, 20


Dec 2020 Visa Bulletin

Final ActionDate of Filing
EB11 Apr 19
+4 month 1 days
1 Nov 20
+2 month 1 days
EB21 May 16
+9 days
1 Oct 16
0 days
EB31 Nov 17
+1 month 1 days
1 Jun 18
0 days
EB3 other workers15 Feb 09
+1 month 15 days
1 May 09
0 days
EB4current
0 days
current
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workerscurrent
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)15 Aug 15
0 days
15 Dec 15
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)15 Aug 15
0 days
15 Dec 15
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB1current
0 days
current
0 days
EB2current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3 other workerscurrent
0 days
current
0 days
EB41 Feb 18
+3 month 2 days
1 May 18
+2 month 29 days
EB4 Certain religious workers1 Feb 18
+3 month 2 days
1 May 18
+2 month 29 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)current
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)current
0 days
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB11 Apr 19
+4 month 1 days
1 Nov 20
+2 month 1 days
EB21 Oct 09
+9 days
15 May 11
0 days
EB315 Mar 10
+14 days
1 Jan 14
--365 days
EB3 other workers15 Mar 10
+14 days
1 Jan 14
--365 days
EB4current
0 days
current
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workerscurrent
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)current
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)current
0 days
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB1current
0 days
current
0 days
EB2current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3 other workerscurrent
0 days
current
0 days
EB422 Nov 18
+1 month 8 days
current
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workers22 Nov 18
+1 month 8 days
current
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)current
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)current
0 days
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB1current
0 days
current
0 days
EB2current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3 other workerscurrent
0 days
current
0 days
EB4current
0 days
current
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workerscurrent
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)current
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)current
0 days
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB1current
0 days
current
0 days
EB2current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3current
0 days
current
0 days
EB3 other workerscurrent
0 days
current
0 days
EB4current
0 days
current
0 days
EB4 Certain religious workerscurrent
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)current
0 days
current
0 days
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)current
0 days
current
0 days
Final ActionDate of Filing
EB1current
0 days
NA
NA
EB2current
0 days
NA
NA
EB3current
0 days
NA
NA
EB3 other workerscurrent
0 days
NA
NA
EB4current
0 days
NA
NA
EB4 Certain religious workerscurrent
0 days
NA
NA
EB5 Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)1 Sep 17
+17 days
NA
NA
EB5 Regional Center (I5 and R5)1 Sep 17
+17 days
NA
NA

You can file your i485 application for a green card if your GC priority date is older than these dates for your country of birth.

USCIS Visa Bulletin is used to find your US green card priority date. The dates can move forward and go back each month.



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Check the USCIS Visa Bulletin for Family Based Green Cards.

There are two types of chart:

#1 Date of Filing Chart 

If your PD date is current in ‘Date of filing chart’ then you can file:

Your i485 EAD and AP card can be approved but your GC application (i485) stays pending until your PD date gets current in the ‘Final Action’ chart.

This chart shows that USCIS expects a green card number may be available in the near future (like next 8-12 months) for your case and hence invites you to file your green card application.

Note that USCIS decides if you can really use the ‘date of filing’ chart for the current visa bulletin or not every month.

This means:

  • PD Date is current in DOF but USCIS disallows: You cannot do anything. Just keep waiting.
  • Date is current in DOF and USCIS allows: You can file i485, i765, and i131.

#2 Final Action Date Chart

Your green card can only be approved if the PD date is current in the Final action chart.

This chart means that a green card number is available for USCIS to approve your case.

FAQ

When should I file EB2 to EB3 Downgrade?

If your EB2 priority date is current in the EB3 final action chart, we recommend filing EB2 to EB3 downgrade with new i140 and i485 and get your green card faster.

If the EB2 PD date is only current in EB3’s date of filing’ chart, then we suggest waiting.

Can I use Spouse country of Birth for faster Green card?

You can use the spouse country of birth for a whole family’s employment-based green card filing if that country’s queue is moving faster.

Example: 
You are from India and working in the US on an H1B visa.

Your US green card application has been filed by your employer in the EB2 category with priority date as August 2014 which currently has a waiting time of more than 20 years.

You get married to a girl from Pakistan and both are now living in the USA.

You are in luck and can use the Rest of the world’s employment-based final action date, which is CURRENT to file your green card.

You immediately get into fast track green card lane just because of your lucky wife who was born outside India.

What’s the difference between Country of Birth and Country of Passport?

You have a Chinese passport but were born in Dubai.

You come to the US on an H-1B work visa and then are eligible to file your Green card application in the ‘non-Chinese’ queue due to your country of birth being Dubai.

You skip the Chinese long green card queues.

Similarly, Indian passport holder who became Australian, Canadian, UK or Singapore citizen after giving up Indian citizenship is still considered for Indian queue for USA green card as they were born in India.

Employment Based Green Card Categories

#1 First preference (EB-1) – priority workers

Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics are part of EB1-A.

Outstanding professors and researchers are counted in EB1-B.

Certain multinational managers and executives are in EB1-C pool.

Example: Most of L1A workers are eligible for the EB1-C category if they have worked outside the USA as a manager with the same employer.

#2 Second preference (EB-2)

If you are a member of the professions holding advanced degrees or who have exceptional ability (including requests for national interest waivers), then you fall in the EB2 category.

Example: Most H1B workers file their employment-based green cards using EB2.

#3 Third preference (EB-3)

Skilled workers, professionals, or other workers that are not covered in EB1 or EB2 above file their green card in the EB3 category.

Example: An H1B worker with only a bachelor’s degree will qualify for EB3 but can upgrade to EB2 after 5 years of work experience.

Reference: Travel.State.Gov




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Am22tech
  By Am22tech  

Recent discussion on forum

  1. rashedhossen
    rashedhossen

    Hello everyone,
    MY i-140 has been approved on Feb 2020 under EB3 skilled category and my priority date is Aug 2019. At this time there is a retrogression going on. As per the visa bulletin, the current filing date is Apr 2019, and the Final decision date is 15 Apr 2018. Any idea when the filing date will be current?

    Thanks,
    Rashed


  2. gc404
    gc404

    Hello kind folks of am22tech,

    Hope you are well and staying safe. Thank you for reading this post and helping. In the October 2020 visa bulletin, I noticed that the date of filing is now ahead of my PD which seemed liked good news. Given that I have an approved I-140 in EB2 for last few years, I reached out to my employer’s legal team to file for I-485. They said this:

    " USCIS has not yet announced whether it will accept I-485 applications under the October “Dates for Filing Chart”

    On researching, this seems to be true. The October visa bulletin says:

    Blockquote
    Unless otherwise indicated on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo, individuals seeking to file applications for adjustment of status with USCIS in the Department of Homeland Security must use the “Final Action Dates” charts below for determining when they can file such applications. When USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for the fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, USCIS will state on its website that applicants may instead use the “Dates for Filing Visa Applications” charts in this Bulletin.

    Then on going here, it says:

    Blockquote
    For Employment-Based Preference Filings:
    For all employment-based preference categories, you must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for September 2020.

    So it is clear that date of filing is quite useless right now. All that matters is date of final action.I am eagerly waiting for their October 2020 decision but I am curious what other community members have experienced in recent past. Have you see USCIS recently accept applications based on date of filing becoming current? @anil_am22’s article here seems to leave it open ended as far what “date” he is referring to under section I-485 Adjustment of Status when it says

    Blockquote
    Form i485 has to be filed by your employer if your PD date is current.

    Thanks again for your attention to this topic.


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