August 2021 Visa Bulletin

This afternoon, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the August 2021 Visa Bulletin. All cutoff dates listed refer to the dates in the final action chart (i.e., Chart A), unless otherwise specified. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not yet indicated whether stakeholders will be able to use the dates for filings chart (i.e., Chart B) in August for purposes of applying for adjustment of status.

Visa Bulletin Summary

Employment-Based, First Preference (EB1) Category

The EB1 category remains current for all countries of chargeability.

Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2) Category

Surprisingly, the cutoff date for the EB2 category for India remains unchanged, with a June 1, 2011, cutoff date. EB2 China advances to April 1, 2018. The EB2 category remains current for all other countries of chargeability.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category

EB3 India advances by six months, to a cutoff date of July 1, 2013. EB3 China’s cutoff date inches ahead to January 8, 2019. The EB3 category remains current for all other countries of chargeability.

EB3 Other Workers

With the exception of China, the cutoff dates for EB3 other workers are the same for each country as its respective EB3 cutoff dates. For China, the cutoff date for EB3 other workers moves to January 1, 2010.

Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category

The cutoff date for EB4 Mexico sees no forward movement in August. The EB4 cutoff date for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras moves ahead to January 1, 2019. This category remains current for all other countries of chargeability.

Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category

For non-regional center cases, EB5 China advances to November 15, 2015, while EB5 Vietnam is now current, along with all other countries of chargeability. For regional center cases, EB5 is listed as unavailable because the program has expired. If Congress renews the regional center program before the end of Augusts 2021, the cutoff dates for regional center cases will match those of non-regional center cases.


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