December 2021 Visa Bulletin

The U.S Department of State (DoS) has recently released its current visa bulletin for December 2021. The EB-1 cutoff dates for petitioners from all countries are still current. For the EB-2 category, all countries except for China and India remain current. China has progressed to January 1, 2019 while India has moved to May 1, 2012.

Final action dates for employment-based preference petitions:

  • For EB-1 All countries are current for the final action dates.
  • For EB-2: the cut-off date for nationals born in mainland China moved to January 1, 2019. The cut-off date for Indian nationals has progressed to May 1, 2012. The cut-off dates for petitioners from all other countries remains current.
  • For EB-3 – Professional and Skilled Workers: EB-3 cutoff date for China has stagnated at March 22, 2018.  The final action date for India has similarly stayed the same at January 15, 2012. The cut-off date for the remaining countries are now current.
  • For EB-5 – Non-regional Center: the final action date is current for all  countries.

Filing dates for employment-based preference petitions:

  • For EB-1: Filing dates are now current for all countries.
  • For EB-2: The cut-off date for Chinese petitions has moved several months to April 1, 2019, while the date for Indian nationals has moved to July 8, 2013. Petitioners from all other countries remain current.
  • For EB-3: In the EB-3 category, mainland Chinese petitioners’ cutoff date has remained at April 1, 2018, while the date for Indian petitioners has also not moved at January 22, 2012. The cut-off date for petitioners from the remaining countries are current.

For EB-5 – Non-regional Center: Filing dates are now current for all  countries.

Our Thoughts:

If you believe you qualify for a National Interest Waiver (NIW) but are not sure if you’re as strong a candidate for an EB-1, we recommend starting your NIW application as soon as possible. In general, we encourage our clients to file NIW applications (provided they meet the requirements). Our attorneys have a strong track record of winning approvals: since 2008, Zhang & Associates has helped over 3,500 foreign nationals obtain NIWs.

After you successfully apply for an NIW, and thereafter continue to garner achievements in your field, you may want to consider applying in the first-preference category. Our firm is here to help: since 2012, our attorneys have assisted more than 1,700 clients obtain EB-1 visas.

Before you start the application process, it’s imperative that you consult with experienced immigration attorneys. If you’re interested in filing an NIW, EB-1, or any other employment-based visa application, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Former U.S. Consular officer and Visa Officer , Attorney Sechyi Laiu joined Zhang & Associates, P.C. on June 26, 2017

At Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu specializes on Consular Processing cases and business development. Attorney Laiu also focuses on TN visas, E visas, CBP administrative proceedings (monetary confiscation, deferred inspection), and overseas financial compliance.

Prior to joining Zhang & Associates, P.C., Attorney Laiu worked for the U.S. Department of State as a Chinese and Portuguese speaking diplomat. As a consular-coned officer who served in Vancouver (Canada), Shenyang (P.R. China), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Attorney Laiu processed over 30,000 visa cases and worked in every section of Consular Affairs overseas (Fraud Prevention Unit, Immigrant Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, and American Citizen Services).

He uses his experience and expertise to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.

Founded in 1996, Zhang & Associates, P.C. offers legal services to clients worldwide in all aspects of U.S immigration law. We have successfully handled over ten thousand immigration cases.

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