Today, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the June 2021 Visa Bulletin. All cutoff dates listed refer to the dates in the final action chart (i.e., Chart A) except if in any case specified. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not shown yet whether stakeholders will actually want to utilize the dates for the filings chart (i.e., Chart B) in June for purposes of applying for adjustment of status.
Impact of President Biden’s decision to rescind the immigrant visa ban
Despite President Joe Biden’s 24th February 2021 order to repeal the Trump-era proclamation that suspended certain immigrant entries, visa application backlogs combined with reduced consular tasks because of COVID-19 public health measures will continue to limit the issuance of immigrant visas by U.S. consulates abroad. Immigrant visa (IV) candidates who are no longer subject to the immigrant ban may see their cases push ahead, but should expect delays as consulates continue to phase in routine services and work through backlogs. Those recently denied under the IV ban should await further instruction from the U.S. consulate that handled their application.
June 2021 Visa Bulletin Summary
As per the State Department’s June Visa Bulletin 2021, final action cutoff dates for the issuance of an immigrant visa will be as per the following:
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 EB2 India advances to 1st December 2010. EB2 China moves up to 1st May 2017. The EB2 category stays current for any remaining nations of chargeability.
Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category
EB3 India catapults ahead to 1st November 2011. EB3 China’s cutoff date advances to 1st September 2018. The EB3 category stays current for any remaining nations of chargeability.
EB3 Other Workers
Except for China, the cutoff dates for EB3 other workers are the same for every country as its particular EB3 cutoff dates. For China, the cutoff date for EB3 different workers moves to 1st October 2009.
Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category
The cutoff date for EB4 Mexico advances to 1st November 2019. The EB4 cutoff date for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras pushes forward to 1st November 2018. This category stays current for any remaining nations of chargeability.
Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category
The EB5 category stays current for all nations of chargeability, other than China and Vietnam. For China, the EB5 cutoff date moves up to 15th September 2015. For Vietnam, the EB5 cutoff date advances to 15th April 2018.