What to Expect? — Visa Lawyer Blog — May 20, 2021

Welcome back to Visalawyerblog! The Department of State recently released the visa bulletin for June 2021 outlining the availability of immigrant visa numbers for the upcoming month.

Don’t forget to tune in to the next “Chats with Charlie” on the DOS YouTube Channel on May 24, 2021, at 10:00 am (PT) 1:00 pm (ET) to discuss the June Visa Bulletin. Questions about the June 2021 Visa Bulletin can be emailed to VisaBulletin@state.gov ahead of the event with “Chat with Charlie Question” in the subject line.


NOTE: Adjustment of Status Filing Charts June 2021


For Family-Sponsored Filings:

Per USCIS, applicants falling within the F2A category, may use the Final Action Dates Chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for June 2021. While there is a cutoff date on the Dates for Filing chart, the category is “current” on the Final Action Dates chart, allowing F2A applicants to rely on it.

All other family-sponsored preference categories (other than F2A), must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for June 2021.

For Employment-Based Preference Filings:

All applicants falling under employment-based preference categories, must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for June 2021.


June 2021 Visa Bulletin Cutoff Dates


Employment Based Categories

According to the Department of State’s June 2021 Visa Bulletin, the following cutoff dates will apply for the issuance of an immigrant visa for employment-based categories:

  • EB-1: All countries, including China and India, will remain current in the month of June.
  • EB-2: China will advance by five months, to May 1, 2017, and India will advance by four months, to December 1, 2010. All other countries will remain current.
  • EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers: Cutoff dates for EB-3 China will advance three and a half months to September 15, 2018, while EB-3 India will advance nine months to November 1, 2011. All other countries will remain current in the month of June.
  • EB-5: The Regional and Non-Regional Center programs will remain current for all countries apart from China and Vietnam. EB-5 China will advance by one month to September 15, 2015, while EB-5 Vietnam will advance by two months to April 15, 2018.

FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

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DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

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Family Sponsored Categories


According to the Department of State’s June 2021 Visa Bulletin, the following cutoff dates will apply for the issuance of an immigrant visa for family-sponsored categories:

FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES

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DATES FOR FILING OF FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONS

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Impact of President Biden’s Rescission of Proclamation 10014 on the Issuance of Immigrant Visas


In February of this year, President Biden made the decision to rescind Presidential Proclamation 10014 and lift the temporary suspension on the issuance of visas for most immigrant and nonimmigrant visa categories, however the operational capacity at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide remains limited due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

The Department of State has said that while some Embassies are prioritizing immigrant visa scheduling for spouses of U.S. Citizens, public health and safety concerns remain paramount. Moreover, U.S. Embassies and Consulates are facing substantial backlogs due to the suspension of most visa operations.

Applicants who were previously subject to the immigrant visa ban under Proclamation 10014 may continue with pre-processing of their applications, however their cases will not be scheduled for an interview until Embassies and Consulates return to routine operational capacity. This will likely take time therefore applicants should expect long delays.


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