June 2021 Visa Bulletin – What should you know?

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The Visa Bulletin is a guide to determine who is eligible to receive an immigrant visa. It is issued by the USCIS and the Department of State. The bulletin is based on the filing dates, nationality, among other factors. Thus, the priority date determines the place on the waiting list. In this article, we explain all about the June 2021 visa bulletin.

Why is this done?

The underlying reason is simple. Current laws limit the number of people per category. For example, family-based applications are limited to 226,000 per year. However, those from immediate relatives of citizens have no annual limit.

Also, those based on employment are limited to 140,000 per year. Thus, when there are more applicants than visas, it causes a backlog, which is frequent.

How does the June 2021 visa bulletin work?

Both categories of the June 2021 visa bulletin are divided into subcategories. These subcategories receive a % of the total number of visas under the law. Thus, there are also limits to the number of visas that can be granted to a country. How? It cannot exceed 7% of the total number of family-sponsored and employment-based visas granted per year.

There are two tables per category in the Visa Bulletin. Table A relates to the final action dates of the application. It tells which cases have green cards available. Thus, green cards will be authorized if the priority date is before the final action date.

Table B refers to the filing dates. That is, the earliest dates when applicants can submit an application. It is linked to the National Visa Center (NVC) process.

In fact, it gives the NVC info to start the paperwork. And it applies to both adjustments of status and consular processing. Thus, those who have a priority date prior to this date can send the documents to the NVC.  Then, they will then receive a notice from the Center with instructions.

Plus, a “C” on the list indicates that the category is current. Thus, applications may be submitted no matter the priority date of the applicant. Finally, a “U” indicates that the numbers are not yet to be issued.

How are the sub categories distributed in the June 2021 visa bulletin?

The subcategories for family-based applications are divided as follows:

  • F1: Unmarried children over 21 years of age of a citizen.
  • F2A: Spouse or unmarried children under the age of 21 of an LPR
  • F2B: Unmarried children over 21 years of age of an LPR.
  • F3: Married children of a citizen.
  • F4: Siblings of a citizen.

The subcategories for employment-based applications are divided as follows:

  • EB1: Priority workers.
  • EB2: Persons with advanced degrees and persons of exceptional ability.
  • EB3: Experienced workers.
  • EB4: Certain special immigrants.
  • EB5: Job creation.

What is the priority date?

It depends. It is the date USCIS receives the petition in the case of family-based applications. If it is an employment-based application, it will be the date of receipt by the Department of Labor. What if no labor certification is required? Then it is the date USCIS receives the petition.

About the monthly bulletins:

Every month, the Visa Bulletin announces the priority date. For an immigrant to obtain residency, their priority date must be prior to the closing date. USCIS has published the June 2021 Visa Bulletin which updates some of these.

June 2021 Visa Bulletin:

Visa Bulletin June 2021:

  • Chart A (family-sponsored preferences):
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES 
F101NOV1401NOV1401NOV1401MAY9822FEB12
F2ACCCCC
F2B22AUG1522AUG1522AUG1508SEP9915OCT11
F301SEP0801SEP0801SEP0815NOV9608JUN02
F408DEC0608DEC0608MAY0501SEP9808JUN02
  • Chart B (family-sponsored preferences):
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES 
F101MAR1601MAR1601MAR1615MAY0015MAY14
F2A01MAY2101MAY2101MAY2101MAY2101MAY21
F2B15AUG1615AUG1615AUG1608AUG0001AUG13
F301AUG0901AUG0901AUG0908SEP0008AUG03
F401OCT0701OCT0701DEC0508MAY9908AUG03
  • Chart A (employment-based preferences):
Employment-
based
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINESVIETNAM
1stCCCCCCC
2ndC01MAY17C01DEC10CCC
3rdC01SEP18C01NOV11CCC
Other WorkersC01OCT09C01NOV11CCC
4thCC01NOV18C01NOV19CC
Certain Religious WorkersCC01NOV18C01NOV19CC
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C15SEP15CCCC15APR18
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C15SEP15CCCC15APR18
  • Chart B (employment-based preferences):
Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIAMEXICO PHILIPPINES 
1stCCCCCC
2ndC01JAN18C01AUG11 CC
3rdC01JAN19C01JAN14CC
Other WorkersC01JAN10C01JAN14CC
4thCC01JAN19CCC
Certain Religious WorkersCC01JAN19CCC
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C15DEC15CCCC
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C15DEC15CCCC

You can subscribe to the monthly Visa Bulletin. What should you do? Simply send an e-mail to [email protected], saying “Subscribe Visa-Bulletin” in the message. Then, you will be able to receive the June 2021 visa bulletin. The DoS also has a recorded message available with final action dates. It can be listened to by calling (202) 485-7699. The recording is updated around the 17th of each month with info about the next month.

At HMA Law Firm, we have professionals in the immigration area. We are ready to advise you in the best way. We will be by your side during the process. HMA can help you live the American dream.

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