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August 2021 Visa Bulletin Predictions & Priority Dates

This Information From the Annual Report Submitted by the US Citizenship & Immigration Services Ombudsman

This year’s report studies the challenges and uncertainties encountered by USCIS and individuals seeking to acquire and maintain their legal immigration status during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report examines those impacts and underscores the importance of continuing to build upon the many changes already implemented.

“I applaud the Administration’s commitment to identifying barriers that impede access to immigration services and benefits,” said Phyllis A. Coven, CIS Ombudsman. “The recent executive orders issued by President Biden allow for enhanced collaboration with USCIS and new opportunities to maximize our office’s contributions to create a more responsive and transparent immigration system, reinforcing a focus closely aligned with the CIS Ombudsman’s statutory mission.”

Based on the most recent USCIS report from the CIS Ombudsman regarding the backlog of cases right now and their predictions going forward.

EB-2 progress for another 6 months is predicted.

August 2021 Visa Bulletin Predictions from My GC Visa.

Total EB Visas Available for 2021

  • 262,000 EB visas available in total for 2021.

  • The estimated number of Green Cards to be issued is 130,000-160,000.

  • 130,000 is 95% of the EB Quota.

The total number of EB Visas in FY 2022 the anticipated to be 290,000.


The August 2021 visa bulletin states that employment-based dates will have no retrogression until September 2022.

More than 290,000 green cards will be available in October 2021.

USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

290k Green Cards will be available in September 2022.

Check Posted Processing Times Here


The DHS Website Notes the Highlights of the 2021 Annual Report include:

  • A review of USCIS operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact COVID-19 had on backlog levels and the solutions USCIS implemented to address them.

  • Recommendations to address persistent problems associated with the issuance of Notices to Appear and related interagency coordination challenges.

  • A detailed analysis of the major processing issues related to Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

  • An overview of the challenges encountered by naturalization applicants seeking medical disability waivers and recommendations to improve the processing of Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions.

  • Recommendations to bridge the gap between USCIS and ICE to better manage international student programs.

  • An update on USCIS’ digital strategy and the continuing complications of online filing and adjudication.


What is the USCIS /CIS Ombudsman?

Established by Congress as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the CIS Ombudsman is dedicated to improving the quality of citizenship and immigration services delivered to the public by providing individual case assistance, identifying systemic issues, engaging with immigration stakeholders across the country, and making recommendations to improve the administration of immigration benefits by USCIS.

Phyllis Coven serves as the seventh CIS Ombudsman and Nathan Stiefel is the Deputy CIS Ombudsman.

For more information and to read previous annual reports, visit the CIS Ombudsman’s website.


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