Why was there so little movement in the November visa bulletin? Is there any chance that the dates will move more in the coming months?


We are not sure why there was not more movement in the November 2020 Visa Bulletin. Our best guess is that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been receiving a flood of I-485 filings over the past several weeks, and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) – which is in charge of the visa bulletin – is waiting for more data before determining how far to move the cutoff dates. Our hope is that, within the coming months (and perhaps as soon as in next month’s visa bulletin,) the USCIS and the DOS will be able to take stock of the remaining immigrant visa numbers for this fiscal year, and then continue to advance the cutoff dates. In the meantime, we are hoping to hear input from Charles Oppenheim, the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the DOS, as to what we should expect from the coming visa bulletins. (29.Oct.2020)


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