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EB3 India Filing Date Advances 5 Years: October Visa Bulletin

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USCIS has decided to utilize the Filing Date Chart for Employment-Based classes. Hence, devaluating from EB-2 to EB-3 will be extremely useful for numerous Indian and Chinese candidates.

According to Visa Bulletin October 2020, there is no movement at all for the family-based visa categories. But for employment-based categories, there are considerable movements in the filing dates chart. Check below.

  • EB-1: India and China advanced 2 years & 2 months
  • EB-2: India 1 year and 9 months; China advances 2 months
  • EB-3: India almost 5 years; China advances 1 year 1 month; Worldwide, Mexico, Philippines all current

Strangely, the Final Action Date Charts have movements however not as significant.

  • EB-1: India 3 months; China advances 3 months
  • EB-2: India 2 months; China advances 1.5 months
  • EB-3: India 3.5 months; China advances 4.5 months; Worldwide, Mexico, Philippines all current
  • EB-4: Unavailable for Religious Workers for all countries
  • EB-5 (Regional Centers): Unavailable for Religious Workers for all countries

Even though visa numbers are plenty, the State Department would not like to advance the Final Action Dates as much. Rather, it permits USCIS to control the number of green card applications to accept. If USCIS decided to accept more I-485 adjustment applications, it would decide to utilize the Filing Date Chart.

Filing Date for EB-2 to EB-3

AD: Dates for Final Action (Green Card Approval)              FD: Dates for Filing Applications Only

  Family Other Countries       China India Mexico Philippines
F1 AD 09/15/2014 09/15/2014 09/15/2014 01/08/1998 12/15/2011
FD 07/22/2015 07/22/2015 07/22/2015 02/22/2000 10/08/2012
F2A AD       C       C       C       C       C
FD 08/01/2020 08/01/2020 08/01/2020 08/01/2020 08/01/2020
F2B AD 07/08/2015 07/08/2015 07/08/2015 04/08/1999 08/01/2011
FD 05/01/2016 05/01/2016 05/01/2016 12/01/1999 04/01/2012
F3 AD 06/15/2008 06/15/2008 06/15/2008 08/01/1996 02/15/2002
FD 06/01/2009 06/01/2009 06/01/2009 08/15/2000 12/22/2002
F4 AD 09/22/2006 09/22/2006 03/08/2005 06/22/1998 01/01/2002
FD 09/15/2007 09/15/2007 11/22/2005 04/22/1999 09/01/2002
  • 1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,400 per year).
  • 2A: The 2 “A” preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR’s.
  • 2B: The 2 “B” Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR’s.
  • 3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,400 per year)
  • 4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens. (about 65,000 per year)
Employment Other Countries China El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras India Mexico Philippines Vietnam
EB1 AD C 06/01/2018 C 06/01/2018 C C C
FD C 09/01/2020 C 09/01/2020 C C C
EB2 AD C 03/01/2016 C 09/01/2009 C C C
FD C 10/01/2016 C 05/15/2011 C C C
EB3 AD C 07/01/2017 C 01/15/2010 C C C
FD C 06/01/2018 C 01/01/2015 C C C
Other Workers AD C 12/01/2008 C 01/15/2010 C C C
FD C 10/01/2008 C 01/01/2015 C C C
EB4 AD C C 08/01/2017 C 09/01/2018 C C
FD C C 02/01/2018 C C C C
EB5 AD C 08/15/2015 C C C C C
FD C 12/15/2015 C C C C C
  • 1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding
  • 2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
  • 3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
  • 4th: “Special Immigrants” (Religious & others)
  • 5th: Employment Creation (Investors)

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