Visa Bulletin for September 2020

Basics for Visa Bulletin

Every month, the United States Department of States publishes a visa bulletin. The bulletin indicates the availability of immigrant visa number for each month. There are two dates in the bulletin, one is Final Action Dates, and another is Dates for Filing.

If you apply for immigration through National Visa Center (NVC)/Consular Processing:

  • Final Action Dates means U.S. consulate/embassy can schedule an immigrant visa appointment for you if your priority date is the same as or earlier than this date.
  • Dates for Filing means NVC can notify you to assemble and submit required documentation to NVC if your priority date is the same as or earlier than this date.

If you apply for immigration through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) (which means you are in the United States with legal status and will submit an I-485 adjustment of status application to USCIS):

  • Final Action Dates means USCIS can schedule an I-485 interview appointment for you if your priority date is the same as or earlier than this date.
  • Dates for Filing means you can submit the I-485 adjustment of status application to USCIS if your priority date is the same as or earlier than this date.
  • However, sometimes, USCIS will determine to adopt Final Action Dates as the dates that people may file the I-485 adjustment of status application to USCIS.


Family-Based Applications

F1

Unmarried children of U.S. citizen

F2A

Spouses and children under 21 years of age of green card holder

F2B

Unmarried children 21 years of age or older

F3

Married children of U.S. citizen

F4

Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizen

A.  Final Action Dates for Family-Based Applications

Category

World except listed

China-mainland born

India

Mexico

Philippines

F1

2014-09-15

2014-09-15

2014-09-15

1998-01-08

2011-12-15

F2A

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

F2B

2015-07-08

2015-07-08

2015-07-08

1999-04-08

2011-08-01

F3

2008-06-15

2008-06-15

2008-06-15

1996-08-01

2002-02-15

F4

2006-09-22

2006-09-22

2005-03-08

1998-06-22

2002-01-01

B.  Dates for Filing for Family-Based Applications

 

Category

World except listed

China-mainland born

India

Mexico

Philippines

F1

2015-07-22

2015-07-22

2015-07-22

2000-02-22

2012-10-08

F2A

2020-08-01

2020-08-01

2020-08-01

2020-08-01

2020-08-01

F2B

2016-05-01

2016-05-01

2016-05-01

1999-12-01

2012-04-01

F3

2009-06-01

2009-06-01

2009-06-01

2000-08-15

2002-12-22

F4

2007-09-15

2007-09-15

2005-11-22

1999-04-22

2002-09-01

USCIS’s Adoption for Family-Based Applications in September 2020:

USCIS has determined to adopt Dates for Filing that people may file the I-485 adjustment of status application to USCIS.

Applicants under F2A shall use Final Action Dates to file the I-485 adjustment of status application to USCIS.


Employment-Based Applications

EB1

Workers with extraordinary ability

EB2

Workers holding advanced degrees or persons of exceptional ability

EB3

Skilled workers, professionals, and other workers

EB3-Other Workers

Unskilled workers

EB4

Certain special immigrants

EB4-Certain Religious Workers

Non-minister religious workers

EB5-Non-Regional Center

Immigrants through investment in non-regional center

EB5-Regional Center

Immigrants through investment in regional center

A.  Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Applications

Category

World except listed

China-mainland born

El Salvador

Guatemala

Honduras

India

Mexico

Philippines

Vietnam

EB1

Current

2018-03-01

Current

2018-03-01

Current

Current

Current

EB2

Current

2016-01-15

Current

2009-07-08

Current

Current

Current

EB3

2019-04-01

2017-02-15

2019-04-01

2009-10-01

2019-04-01

2019-04-01

2019-04-01

EB3-Other Workers

2019-04-01

2008-08-01

2019-04-01

2009-10-01

2019-04-01

2019-04-01

2019-04-01

EB4

Current

Current

2017-04-01

Current

2018-06-15

Current

Current

EB4-Certain Religious Workers

Current

Current

2017-04-01

Current

2018-06-15

Current

Current

EB5-Non-Regional Center

Current

2015-08-15

Current

Current

Current

Current

2017-08-01

EB5-Regional Center

Current

2015-08-15

Current

Current

Current

Current

2017-08-01

B.  Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Applications

Category

World except listed

China-mainland born

El Salvador

Guatemala

Honduras

India

Mexico

Philippines

EB1

Current

2018-07-01

Current

2018-07-01

Current

Current

EB2

Current

2016-08-01

Current

2009-08-15

Current

Current

EB3

2020-04-01

2017-05-01

2020-04-01

2010-02-01

2020-04-01

2020-04-01

EB3-Other Workers

2020-04-01

2008-10-01

2020-04-01

2010-02-01

2020-04-01

2020-04-01

EB4

Current

Current

2017-10-01

Current

Current

Current

EB4-Certain Religious Workers

Current

Current

2017-10-01

Current

Current

Current

EB5-Non-Regional Center

Current

2015-12-15

Current

Current

Current

Current

EB5-Regional Center

Current

2015-12-15

Current

Current

Current

Current

USCIS’s Adoption for Employment -Based Applications in September 2020:

USCIS has determined to adopt Final Action Dates that people may file the I-485 adjustment of status application to USCIS.

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