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This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

The Department of State's Visa Bulletin for February 2021 included the following information on final action date projections (potential monthly movement) for employment-based green card categories through May. The bulletin notes that determination of the actual monthly final action dates is subject to fluctuations in applicant demand and other variables affecting processing:

Employment First
  • Worldwide: Current
  • China: Up to six months
  • India: Up to six months
Employment Second
  • Worldwide: Current
  • China: Up to three weeks
  • India: Up to two weeks
Employment Third
  • Worldwide: Current
  • China: Up to one month
  • India: Up to three weeks
  • Mexico: Current
  • Philippines: Current
Employment Fourth
  • Current for most countries
  • El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras: Up to three months
  • Mexico: Up to one month
Employment Fifth
  • Will remain Current for most countries
  • China: No forward movement
  • Vietnam: Up to three weeks
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