October 2021 Visa Bulletin

September 16, 2021

Subsequent to the issuance of the October 2021 Visa Bulletin USCIS has informed prospective applicants of which chart to reference when determining if they are eligible to file an application in October.

Family-Sponsored Applicants: Dates for Filing Chart (Except F2A Category)

In October 2021, most family sponsored applicants should refer to the “Dates for Filing” chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin (below). The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date which is earlier than the listed date may file their application (Department of State, “Visa Bulletin for October 2021”).

Dates for Filing for Family-Sponsored Applicants:

Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 15MAY16 15MAY16 15MAY16 01AUG00 22APR15
F2A* C C C C C
F2B 22SEP16 22SEP16 22SEP16 01OCT00 01OCT13
F3 22AUG09 22AUG09 22AUG09 08SEP00 01OCT03
F4 01OCT07 01OCT07 01JAN06 01JUN99 01FEB04

*Note: Even though there is a Date for Filing for F2A petitioners, the Final Action Date chart lists the date as “Current,” and therefore, F2A applicants may use the Final Action Dates chart for October 2021.

Employment-Based Applicants: Dates for Filing

In October 2021, employment-based applicants should reference the “Filing Dates” chart below. The listing of a date for any category indicates that the class is oversubscribed; “C” means that the category is current. “U” means unauthorized; for example, numbers are not authorized for issuance. Employment-based applicants may submit their applications if their category is listed as current or if they have a priority date earlier than the date listed for their category.

 

Dates for Filing for Employment-Based Applicants:

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES Vietnam
1st C C C C C C C
2nd C 01SEP18 C 08JUL12 C C C

 

3rd C 15JAN19 C 08JAN14 C C C
Other Workers C 01MAY10 C 08JAN14 C C C
4th C C 15MAY19 C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 15MAY19 C C C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 15DEC15 C C C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 15DEC15 C C C C C

 


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