The Department of State publishes immigrant visa availability information in a monthly Visa Bulletin which establishes cut off dates for filing of adjustment of status applications or immigrant visa applications. The cut-off dates are determined based on predictions of immigrant visa demand.
The Visa Bulletin contains two different charts, the Application Final Action Dates and Dates for Filing Applications. When USCIS determines there are immigrant visas available for the filing of additional adjustment of status applications, the Dates for Filing Applications chart may be used to determine when to file an adjustment of status application with USCIS. Otherwise, adjustment of status applicants must use the Application Final Action Date charts for filing.
For the month of November 2021, USCIS has determined that the Dates for Filing Applications chart should be used for filing applications for adjustment of status with USCIS. It is important to note that priority dates for both Indian and Chinese nationals in the EB-3 (employment based third preference) category are retrogressing in November, moving back by nearly two years in the case of India and by more than nine months in the case of China.
For more information on the Visa Bulletin, download our Client Flyer on the Visa Bulletin: Understanding the Basics.
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