The US Department of State issued the Visa Bulletin for October 2021 on September 13, 2021. This bulletin highlighted little advancement in clearing the backlog of employment-based immigrant visas compared to October 2020, which allowed thousands of employment-based visa holders to apply for adjustment of status.
The fiscal year starts on October 1 every year. That is when the new immigrant visas are made available in addition to the unused family-based immigrant visas from the previous year. However, this addition does not guarantee that additional visas will be processed and issued on time.
What Were the Notable Updates in the Visa Bulletin for October 2021?
The Visa Bulletin for October 2021 saw the removal of Vietnam from its backlog category. Vietnam is now included in the “All Chargeability” category. This means that applicants from Vietnam will be “charged” towards the annual quota of immigrant visas available to Vietnam. Other than that, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and “Other Workers” applications were made available everywhere from October 1, 2021, except India and China.
There was virtually no advancement in the priority dates for employment-based visas. The priority dates for EB-2, EB-3, and “Other Workers” for India and China remained the same as September 2021.
The Dates for Filing, meaning the date on which green card applicants living overseas can go ahead and submit their applications to the National Visa Center (NVC) also showed little change. The EB-2 priority date for India advanced from December 2011 to July 2012. The priority dates for Eb-3 and the “Other Workers” category moved in the opposite direction, from March 2014 to January 2014.