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08/18/2021: October 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for October 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. Unfortunately for October, there is little movement and it's almost exactly the same as the previous month. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 C C
China EB2 2018-07-01 0
China EB3 2019-01-08 0
India EB1 C C
India EB2 2011-09-01 0
India EB3 2014-01-01 0

09/01/2021: USCIS Creates New Webpage for Lockbox Filing Location Updates

USCIS has created a new Lockbox Filing Location Updates page on our website for customers to keep track of updates we make to lockbox filing locations. You can use this page to easily see which lockbox form filing locations USCIS has updated and when the update was made. USCIS will update this page regularly, but always encourage you to check the “Where to File” section of your form’s webpage for the most current information on where to mail your form.

08/18/2021: September 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for September 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 C C
China EB2 2018-07-01 91
China EB3 2019-01-08 0
India EB1 C C
India EB2 2011-09-01 92
India EB3 2014-01-01 184

08/05/2021: Statement from Ur M. Jaddou as New Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

“As a proud American and a daughter of immigrants, I am deeply humbled and honored to return to USCIS as director. I look forward to leading a team of dedicated public servants committed to honoring the aspirations of people like my parents and millions of others who are proud to choose this country as their own. USCIS embodies America’s welcoming spirit as a land of opportunity for all and a place where possibilities are realized.

"Since January, USCIS has taken immediate steps to reduce barriers to legal immigration, increase accessibility for immigration benefits, and reinvigorate the size and scope of humanitarian relief. As USCIS director, I will work each and every day to ensure our nation’s legal immigration system is managed in a way that honors our heritage as a nation of welcome and as a beacon of hope to the world; reducing unnecessary barriers and supporting our agency’s modernization.

"As we look to the future, I am excited for the work ahead and ready to roll up my sleeves to implement Secretary Mayorkas’ goals and the priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration to ensure that the work of USCIS lives up to our nation’s highest values.”

07/20/2021: USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Pilot Program to Form I-140 When Requesting Premium Processing

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it has expanded a previously announced pilot program at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) for accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, for certain applicants applying for premium processing.

On July 19, the NSC started accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450 for petitioners filing Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, with Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, or when filing Form I-907 to upgrade a pending Form I-140 to premium processing. The pilot continues to be limited to the NSC. At the end of the pilot, we will evaluate the results and determine the next steps for expanding this payment option for other forms or other service centers. The goal of this pilot is to bring USCIS one step closer to accepting digital payments using a credit card at all service centers.

07/14/2021: August 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for August 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 C C
China EB2 2018-04-01 121
China EB3 2019-01-08 7
India EB1 C C
India EB2 2011-06-01 0
India EB3 2013-07-01 181

Division O, Title 1, Section 104 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 extended the immigrant investor pilot program until June 30, 2021. No I5 or R5 visas may be issued overseas or final action taken on adjustment of status cases after June 30, 2021.

The final action dates for the I5 and R5 categories have been listed as “Unavailable” for August.

If there is legislative action extending this category for August, the final action dates would immediately become “Current” for August for all countries except China-mainland born I5 and R5, which would be subject to a November 15, 2015 final action date.

07/01/2021: USCIS to Celebrate Independence Day with Naturalization Ceremonies Across the Country

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will celebrate Independence Day this year by welcoming more than 9,400 new citizens in 170 naturalization ceremonies between June 30 and July 7. These ceremonies demonstrate our commitment to welcoming immigrants. USCIS is proud to welcome people from all over the world as our newest U.S. citizens during this celebration of Independence Day.

06/24/2021: USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners and requestors who are responding to certain:

  • Requests for Evidence;
  • Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);
  • Notices of Intent to Deny;
  • Notices of Intent to Revoke;
  • Notices of Intent to Rescind;
  • Notices of Intent to Terminate regional centers; and
  • Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant.

06/23/2021: USCIS Will Allow Resubmission of Certain FY 2021 H-1B Petitions Rejected or Closed Due to Start Date

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today it will accept resubmitted fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were rejected or administratively closed solely because the requested start date was after Oct. 1, 2020.

If your FY 2021 petition was rejected or administratively closed solely because your petition was based on a registration submitted during the initial registration period, but you requested a start date after Oct. 1, 2020, you may re-submit that previously filed petition, with all applicable fees, at the address below. Such petitions must be resubmitted before Oct. 1, 2021. If properly resubmitted, we will consider the petition to have been filed on the original receipt date.

06/17/2021: July 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for July 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 C C
China EB2 2017-12-01 214
China EB3 2019-01-01 122
India EB1 C C
India EB2 2011-06-01 182
India EB3 2013-01-01 427

06/14/2021: Vermont Service Center Address Change

Effective June 14, 2021, the Vermont Service Center will no longer receive any incoming mail at the St. Albans, VT facility, which is being decommissioned. Mail sent to the previous addresses will be forwarded for one year, but any mail sent to the previous addresses after June 2022 may be returned to the sender by the United States Postal Service or the courier service used. - USCIS

Type New Address
Premium Processing Mail Premium Processing Service USCIS Vermont Service Center 30 River Road Essex Junction, VT 05452-3808
H-1B Cap Mail USCIS Vermont Service Center 38 River Road Suite 1000 Essex Junction, VT 05479-0001
All Other Mail USCIS Vermont Service Center 38 River Road Essex Junction, VT 05479-0001

06/03/2021: Cap Reached for Additional Returning Worker H-2B Visas for FY 2021

Under the recently announced H-2B supplemental cap temporary final rule, USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the cap for the additional 16,000 H-2B visas made available for returning workers only. We continue to accept petitions for H-2B nonimmigrant workers for the additional 6,000 visas allotted for nationals of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador (collectively called the Northern Triangle).

06/02/2021: USCIS Announces Pilot Program for Credit Card Payments Using Form G-1450 When Filing Form I-485

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a pilot program for accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, for U nonimmigrants filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

The pilot program began on May 3 at the Nebraska Service Center and will be limited to this location. The service center started accepting credit card payments from certain Form I-485 applicants using Form G-1450. Applicants must be U nonimmigrants (victims of criminal activity). At the end of the pilot, USCIS will evaluate the results and determine the next steps for possibly expanding this payment option for other forms or other service centers. - USCIS

05/19/2021: June 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for June 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 C C
China EB2 2017-05-01 151
China EB3 2018-09-01 109
India EB1 C C
India EB2 2010-12-01 122
India EB3 2011-11-01 273

05/17/2021: USCIS Announces Open Application Period for Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

USCIS is now accepting applications for two funding awards under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. This program will provide up to $10 million in competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations that provide citizenship instruction and civic integration services to lawful permanent residents. The two funding awards are the following:

  • Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services
  • Refugee and Asylee Integration Services Program

05/13/2021: USCIS Temporarily Suspends Biometrics Requirement for Certain Form I-539 Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that effective May 17, 2021, we will temporarily suspend the biometrics submission requirement for certain applicants filing Form I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, requesting an extension of stay in or change of status to H-4, L-2, and E nonimmigrant status. USCIS will adjudicate these Form I-539 applications based on biographic information and related background checks but without capturing fingerprints and a photograph. This suspension will apply through May 17, 2023, subject to affirmative extension or revocation of the suspension period by the USCIS director.

04/20/2021: May 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for May 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 C C
China EB2 2016-12-01 91
China EB3 2018-05-15 61
India EB1 C C
India EB2 2010-08-01 92
India EB3 2011-02-01 153

04/12/2021: F-1 Students Seeking Optional Practical Training Can Now File Form I-765 Online

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online if they are filing under one of these categories:

  • (c)(3)(A) – Pre-Completion OPT;
  • (c)(3)(B) – Post-Completion OPT; and
  • (c)(3)(C) – 24-Month Extension of OPT for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

03/15/2021: April 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for April 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 C C
China EB2 2016-09-01 48
China EB3 2018-03-15 35
India EB1 C C
India EB2 2010-05-01 106
India EB3 2010-09-01 62

02/23/2021: March 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for March 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 2020-08-01 213
China EB2 2016-07-15 30
China EB3 2018-02-08 38
India EB1 2020-08-01 213
India EB2 2010-01-15 95
India EB3 2010-07-01 91

02/16/2021: Overview of the H-1B Electronic Registration Process: A Webinar for Registrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services invites you to participate in a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. During this webinar, USCIS representatives will provide an instructional presentation of the H-1B electronic registration process in myUSCIS for registrants. We will hold another webinar specifically tailored for attorneys and representatives on Tuesday, Feb. 23. - USCIS

02/16/2021: USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2021.

We have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations properly submitted for the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations, but that were not selected, will now show: * Not Selected: Not selected for this fiscal year.

01/22/2021: February 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for February 2021. The table below shows "Final Action (Approval)" cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 2020-01-01 122
China EB2 2016-06-15 14
China EB3 2018-01-01 17
India EB1 2020-01-01 122
India EB2 2009-10-12 4
India EB3 2010-04-01 10

See DOS Visa Bulletin Predictions.

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