What is a Visa Bulletin
A Visa Bulletin is an online publication about immigration that is published by the United States Department of State. The purpose of the visa bulletin is to provide any updated information to any immigrant who is on the waiting list. The visa bulletin is released and updated monthly to summarize the availability of immigrant visas numbers for that particular month. If you visit the visa bulletin page you will notice the headings “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications”. These are specific charts that indicate when immigrant visa applicants will be notified to assemble plus submit all their required documentation to the National Visa Center.
What to expect for the month of August?
The visa bulletin for the month of August consists of different categories. The first category is for “Family-Sponsored Filings”. This means that applicants within this category must file using the “Final Action Dates” chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for August 2021. Now, applicants for all other family-sponsored preferences categories must use the “Dates for Filing” chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for August 2021. The second category is for “Employment-Based Preference Filings”. This means that all applicants within this category must file using the “Final Action Dates” chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for August 2021.
What does this mean to you?
If you are anyone you may know are planning to immigrate to the United States it is important you keep up with the visa bulletin updates each month. Doing so, will inform you which green card applications can move forward. Now, if you are in a different category your green card wait time can vary from years to decades.