By Chris Musillo

The Department of State has just issued September Visa Bulletin. This is the final Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2021. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.

Visa Bulletin

Table A: Final Action Dates -- Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card) or Immigrant Visa appointment.


EB All Other CHINA INDIA PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C
2nd C 1-Jul-18 1-Sep-11 C
3rd C 8-Jan-19 1-Jan-14 C

Table B: Dates of Filing

The USCIS will be using the Table A: Final Action Dates chart for I-485 employment-based filings. A beneficiary must be current on the above Table A chart in order to file their I-485, Adjustment of Status applications. See: USCIS Visa Bulletin Dates

MU Law Analysis

Both the Philippines and Worldwide (All Other) EB-3 continue to be current. Our opinion remains that these categories will stay current for the foreseeable future and into 2022.

EB-1 remains current for all categories. This will certainly be the case for the rest of the fiscal year and into FY 2022.

India EB-2 advanced by three months, which shows that the demand for this category remains strong. India EB-3 again moved ahead by six months in spite of widespread reports of downgrades from EB-2 to EB-3. This category has advanced by one year in just two months, meaning that the DOS is trying to encourage EB-3 applications.

China EB-2 showed a three-month advancement, which is encouraging.
On the other hand, EB-3 remained the same, indicating exhaustion of this category’s visas for FY 2021.