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November 2020 Visa Bulletin Updates

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After weeks of anticipation, the Department of State just released their November 2020 visa bulletin that dictates when foreign nationals are eligible to file their Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) applications. These categories are dependent on the applicant’s country of birth and, for employment based applications, their priority date as issued through the I-140 process.  

USCIS will again be utilizing the “Dates for Filing” chart for employment-based applications which provides a significant advantage to Chinese and Indian nationals in the EB-1 category. The EB-3 category for Chinese and Indian nationals is still ahead of the EB-2 categories, and EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 is current for all other countries. While there’s no additional progression from last month’s bulletin, this should provide some comfort to the thousands of individuals, their employers, and immigration professionals who were rushing to file Adjustments in October.

EB-1 Priority Workers

  • China: September 1, 2020 
  • India: September 1, 2020 
  • All other countries: Current


EB-2  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability

  • China: October 1, 2016
  • India: May 15, 2011 
  • All other countries: Current  


EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers  

  • China: June 1, 2018
  • India: January 1, 2015
  • All other countries: Current


For further guidance on the updated bulletin and how it may affect your or your employee’s green card case, please reach out to your immigration counsel.

Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult a Bridge-affiliated partner attorney or another qualified legal professional.

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