November 2021 Visa Bulletin14 Oct 2021
This morning, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the November 2021 Visa Bulletin. This month’s visa bulletin includes some bad, but not unexpected, news regarding retrogression in the employment-based, third preference (EB3) category.
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
The cutoff date for the EB2 category for India advances to December 1, 2011. EB2 China moves up to November 1, 2018. The EB2 category remains current for all other countries of chargeability.
Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category
There is severe retrogression in the EB3 category for India, with the cutoff date falling back to a cutoff date of January 15, 2012. For China, the cutoff date retrogresses to March 22, 2018. 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 ahead to March 1, 2010.
Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category
The cutoff date for EB4 Mexico moves to April 1, 2020. The EB4 cutoff date for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras remains unchanged at March 15, 2019. This category remains current for all other countries of chargeability.
Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category
For non-regional center cases, EB5 China remains at November 22, 2015. This category remains current for all other countries of chargeability.
For regional center cases, EB5 is unavailable because the program has expired. If Congress renews the regional center program, the cutoff dates for regional center cases will match those of non-regional center cases.
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