Key Points
  • The State Department has issued the November 2020 Visa Bulletin
  • The November Bulletin brings significant advancement for final action dates in most categories
  • Filing dates remain unchanged from October 2020
  • USCIS will use the Dates for Filing chart again in November 2020
Overview

The State Department has released the November 2020 Visa Bulletin, which brings advancement for final action dates in most categories. Filing dates are largely unchanged and will be honored by USCIS.

What are the Changes?

For EB-1, all countries will remain current except for China and India. China and India will both move forward six months to December 1, 2018. China EB-2 will advance to April 22, 2016. India EB-2 will progress by three weeks to September 22, 2009, and all other countries will stay current. China EB-3 cutoff dates will move ahead by four months to October 1, 2019. India EB-3 will move ahead six weeks to March 1, 2010. All other countries will remain current. For EB-5, China will stay at August 15, 2015. Vietnam EB-5 will move forward two weeks to August 15, 2017. All other countries will remain current.

Employment-based filing dates will remain unchanged from October 2020. For the second month in a row, USCIS will use the State Department’s Dates for Filing chart for adjustment of status filings in November 2020.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

To be eligible for filing an employment-based adjustment application in November, foreign nationals must have a priority date that is earlier than the date listed for their country and preference category.


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