DID MARCH 2021 VISA BULLETIN MEET PRIORITY DATE FORWARD MOVEMENT PROJECTIONS FROM THE FEBRUARY BULLETIN?
Yesterday, the Department of State (DOS) posted the March 2021 visa bulletin.
Now is the time to assess whether the projections put forth by the February visa bulletin still holds true.
For the most part, the projections from the February visa bulletin met, and in some cases, exceeded expectation.
With regard to the worldwide family-sponsored categories, except for F-2A, the forward movement projection fell short by a week. For instance, F-1, F-2B, F-3 and F-4 moved forward by a week compared to the projected up to two weeks.
On the employment-based side, the priority date forward movement projections not only met but in certain preference categories exceeded expectations. As projected, worldwide EB-1 stayed ‘current’. EB-1 India and China was projected to move forward by up to six months in March but jumped forward by seven months. Both India and China EB-1 priority date for March stands at August 1, 2020.
Though China EB-2 moved forward by four weeks (surpassing the projected up to three weeks forward movement), the biggest surprise was for India EB-2 and EB-3.
Both India EB-2 and EB-3 moved forward by at least three months against projected two weeks for EB-2 and three weeks for EB-3. India EB-3 for March stands at July 1, 2010 compared to January 15, 2010 for India EB-2.
Also, China EB-3 leaped forward by 5 weeks compared to projected forward movement of up to 4 weeks.
Further, the March 2021 visa bulletin did not report any aberration with regard to the forward movement projections of priority dates in the EB-4 and EB-5 preference categories.
All in all, the priority date forward movement projections contained in the February 2021 visa bulletin still look promising. We hope that the positive trend continues at least until May 2021, as was originally projected.
Note that USCIS will use the ‘Final Action Dates’ chart in the March visa bulletin for accepting employment-based preference adjustment of status filings. Except for the F-2A category, USCIS has decided to use the ‘Dates for Filing’ chart for accepting other family-sponsored adjustment of status filings in March.
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 FEBRUARY 2021 VISA BULLETIN: ‘POTENTIAL’ FORWARD MOVEMENT PROJECTIONS UNTIL MAY 2021
 All comparisons refer to the ‘Final Action Dates’ chart in both visa bulletins.