August 2021 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 India Leads Among EB Advancements

The State Department just released its visa bulletin for August 2021, and just like the movements among priority dates in July, this visa bulletin also shows big movement in the employment based categories. EB-3 India takes the cake for the 3rd consecutive month and has dates that have moved forward by six months this time.

Below check out our break down of all priority dates for next month.

Final Actions Dates Chart For August 2021

The cutoff dates for the final action on your green card and the issuance of an immigrant visa are as follows. Please note: since India & China are predominant among the supply of highly skilled workforce to the United States, we are focused on their priority dates as a benchmark for advancements – 

  • EB-1: China and India remain current
  • EB-3 (Professionals and Skilled Workers): China will advance by one week to January 8, 2019, while India will advance six months to July 1, 2013.
  • EB-5: Since the Regional Center program has expired as of June 30, 2021 and Congress has not renewed it so far, the August visa bulletin lists it as unavailable. If reauthorized, the Regional Center program will mirror the Non-Regional Center final action dates below.
  • EB-5: The Non-Regional Center program is still on and remains current for all countries. China, however is going to advance by one week to November 15, 2015. 

Adjustment Of Status Applications

It is still undeclared whether USCIS will accept adjustment applications based on the Final Action dates chart, or on the Dates for Filing chart. They are yet to announce that and it’s expected to come to light on their website in the next couple of days.

Dates Of Filing Chart For August 2021

In the August 2021 visa bulletin, the Dates for Filing chart remains the same as July.

  • EB-1

China: Current

India: Current

  • EB-2  

    China: July 1, 2018

    India: December 1, 2011
  • EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers  

    China: July 1, 2019

    India: February 1, 2014
  • EB-3 Other Workers  

    China: May 1, 2010

    India: February 1, 2014
  • EB-5

    China: December 15, 2015

    All other countries: Current

Travel Ban, Its Exceptions & Its Impact On US Bound Skilled Workers

President Biden revoked the former president’s travel ban that had a positive impact on the paper flow. Just when it was helping in easing the USCIS backlogs, President Biden had to impose the Covid-19 travel ban that prevented people from India and China from entering the US. This has caused a many high skilled workers to be stranded in India unable to travel to the U.S.

Certain National Interest Exceptions (NIE) have been made in the past month and U.S. consulates abroad are allowing some exemptions from the travel ban. Eligible travelers like those providing support for critical infrastructure, dependents dealing with family separation while the primary beneficiary is in the U.S. and minor U.S. citizens can apply for an NIE and enter the United States.

EB-5 Ends – How To Treat Your Current & Future Applications

EB-5 Regional Center program is listed as ‘unavailable’ in the August Visa Bulletin.  Since the EB-5 Regional Center program expired on June 30, 2021, immigrant visa issuance and adjustment of status adjudications under this category ceased after June 30, 2021. 

It is widely expected that Congress will renew this program eventually since it is a huge economic stimulant to the U.S. However, until then, applications will be rejected. 

USCIS has issued guidance on how to treat your EB-5 petition until the Congress takes action. 

Stay tuned to this space as we analyze the future changes in every priority date going forward.