Visa Bulletin for October 2020

The October 2020 Visa Bulletin has shown a lot of movement in Employment-Based Priority Dates. It is a fact that while the majority of family-based greencards are issued overseas at the consulate by getting an immigrant visa, the majority of employment-based greencards are issued within the U.S. by filing for an Adjustment of Status (I-485). As per the current immigration law, if enough greencards are not issued under the family-based greencard category, the leftover quota can be used for employment-based greencards. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, immigrant visa processing was banned in April 2020. Additionally, most of the consular services that issue these immigrant visas remain closed. Therefore, the number of family-based greencards issued fell far short of the quota. And that results in the remaining numbers spilling over into the employment-based greencard quota. Compared to the fiscal year 2020, the number of employment-based greencards available in fiscal year 2021 is up by more than 100,000. Priority dates for India and China have advanced significantly according to the October 2020 Visa Bulletin, and the dates are expected to rapidly advance through January 2021. For all other countries, the priority dates for employment-based greencards remain current. There has been really no movement in the family-based greencard priority dates.

The following October 2020 visa bulletin was released by the U.S. Department of State. The dates in the visa bulletin represent the earliest priority date that will be processed during the month the visa bulletin is issued. Certain high demand countries, such as China (Mainland born), India, Mexico, and Philippines have a much longer wait time compared to the rest of the world (ROW).


"C" means Current. i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants and there is no wait time.
"U" means unavailable. i.e., There are either no visas available or there are no numbers available.
"N/A" means Not Applicable. i.e., If there are no visas available or no numbers available, then there is no relevant information.
Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.

In the "FAMILY-BASED VISA  APPLICATIONS" table, the categories listed are as follows:
F1 - Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens
F2A - Spouses and Children of permanent Residents
F2B - Unmarried Sons and Daughters
F3 - Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens
F4 - Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens.

Further information on visa bulletin preferences


Application Final Action Dates for Family-Based Preference Cases
Dates for Filing Family-Based Visa Applications


Application Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases
Dates for Filing Employment-Based Visa Applications

In the "EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA  APPLICATIONS" table, the categories listed are as follows:
EB1 - Priority Workers
EB2 - Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability
EB3 - Skilled Workers and Professionals
EB3 - Other - Other Unskilled Workers
EB4 - Certain Special Immigrants
EB4 - Religious - Religious Workers
EB4 - Iraq and Afghan Translators
EB5 - Employment creation
EB5 - Targeted Employment Areas
EB5 - Pilot Programs
EB5 - Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5)
EB5 - Regional Center (I5 and R5)

Further information on visa bulletin preferences

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