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January 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

January 2021 Visa Bulletin Released

Revealing a Two-Week Advancement for Vietnam EB-5 Date While China Remains Stagnant

Wednesday, December 30, 2020 – The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”), Bureau of Consular Affairs, January 2021 Visa Bulletin (View PDF) is now available, and reveals a two-week advancement for Vietnam EB-5 date with no movement for China dates.  

 

Final Action Dates (CHART A) - January 2021 Visa Bulletin 

The EB-5 Regional Center category is listed as “U” (“unauthorized”) on the January Visa Bulletin due to the fact that the EB-5 Regional Center Program was set to expire on December 28, 2020. However, on December 27, 2020, President Trump has signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R.133) which, among many other legislative actions, extends the EB-5 Regional Center Program through June 30, 2021.  
 
 
With the congressional reauthorization, the final action dates for the EB-5 Regional Center category become the same as the dates for the non-EB-5 Regional Center category, which are: 
 
China: August 15, 2015;
Vietnam: September 15, 2017;
All Other Countries: Current;
  • EB-5 visa applicants not from China or Vietnam continue to be able to receive their EB-5 visa number and file an immigration visa application or adjustment of status application immediately after the approval of their I-526 petition without any delay. 

 

Dates for Filing (CHART B) - January 2021 Visa Bulletin (Unchanged from December 2020 Visa Bulletin) 

USCIS has announced that, in January 2021, the agency will not accept dates for filing for adjustment of status applications of the employment-based categories, including EB-5. Instead, these applicants “must use the Final Action Dates chart (Chart A) in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for January 2021” to file their adjustment of status application.