The Department of State released the November Visa Bulletin about two weeks later than usual, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is allowing applicants to use the “Dates for Advanced Filing” chart (Chart B) for November.

Chart B for November preserves the very substantial forward movement for all categories of employment-based immigrants that was implemented in October. The dates for filing in nearly all categories are identical between October and November, so qualified applicants waiting for required evidence can now submit applications any time before November 30, 2020.

The November bulletin also notes that the Continuing Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2021 (Public Law No. 116-159) extends both the employment fourth preference religious workers (SR) and employment fifth preference pilot (I5 and R5) categories until December 11, 2020.

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