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January Visa Bulletin

Earlier this week, the Department of State (DOS) released the January Visa Bulletin. All categories for all countries other than India and China remained current in the Final Action Date chart. India saw a jump of 5 mos. in the EB1 category but, merely a week in the EB2 and EB3 categories. China saw the same 5 mo. jump in the EB1 category but, only modest forward movement in the EB2 and EB3 categories. The USCIS announced that for purposes of filing I-485 Adjustment of Status Applications in Jan 2021, they will be honoring the Final Action Date chart and NOT the Date for Filing chart. This announcement brings to an end the expanded filing window and it is expected that the Final Action Date chart will be used for the remainder of the fiscal year, although that has not been officially announced. For some of you, this means that you only have a few days left to file or it may be next October or even longer before you have the opportunity to file a 485 again.

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