January 2021 Visa Bulletin Predictions

Change:
For official August 2020 Visa Bulletin and Analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-august-2020.aspx

Please see January 2021 Visa Bulletin Predictions below (for both Family Based and Employment Based categories for all countries):

Family Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F108MAY1508MAY1508MAY1508AUG9808FEB13
F2ACCCCC
F2B22NOV1522NOV1522NOV1522JUL9915JUN12
F301OCT0801OCT0801OCT0822OCT9608AUG03
F422DEC0622DEC0601MAY0508FEB9908FEB03
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F122MAY1622MAY1622MAY1608MAR0015JAN14
F2A15DEC2015DEC2015DEC2015DEC2015DEC20
F2B01NOV1601NOV1601NOV1601MAR0015MAR13
F308DEC0908DEC0908DEC0915SEP0022JUN04
F422NOV0722NOV0722JAN0615MAY9915NOV03

Employment Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Employment-
based
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICO PHILIPPINES
1stC22DEC1901JUL18CC
2ndC22MAR1608NOV09CC
3rd01JUL2015JUL1808SEP1101JUL2001JUL20
Other Workers01JUL20TBD08SEP1101JUL2001JUL20
4thCCC01NOV18C
Certain Religious WorkersCCC01NOV18C
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C15DEC15CCC
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C15DEC15CCC
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Employment-
based
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICO PHILIPPINES
1stC01NOV1801NOV18CC
2ndC08OCT1615DEC09CC
3rd22AUG2001OCT1715MAY1008SEP2001FEB22
Other Workers22AUG20TBD15MAY1008SEP2001FEB22
4thCCCCC
Certain Religious WorkersCCCCC
5th
Non-Regional
Center
(C5 and T5)
C08JUN16CCC
5th
Regional
Center
(I5 and R5)
C08JUN16CCC

If you have not done it, please remember to add or update your I-130/NVC/I-140/I-485 case in the free GC tracker: https://www.mygcvisa.com/ tracker/

It would be very useful to understand how USCIS is currently processing these cases. It would also help in estimating date movements in future visa bulletin.

The dates above have been calculated from data provided by USCIS/DOS. It does not include future demand (which can increase or decrease anytime). Hence data will keep changing every month. We will update these tables as we get more data from USCIS or DOS.

Similar to EB3 category movement, we have previously added a blog post for EB2 category forward movement. Please click here for FB category.

Current Step: If your priority date is not current, then you can calculate when it may become current, check your case status, processing time, etc: https://www.mygcvisa.com/calculator

Next Steps: If priority date is current and

1. If applicant is inside US, they will have to file I-485: https://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/04/how-to-file-i-485-application.html

2. If applicant is outside US, it will be sent to NVC: https://www.mygcvisa.com/nvc/overview-after-nvc-petition-approved.aspx

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