In today’s blog, we will take a look at the recently released November Visa Bulletin 2022 by the Department of State and what can be expected for family preference and employment-based categories.
The Visa Bulletin is released by the Department of State every month. The bulletin offers information on the availability of immigrant visa numbers for that specific month. The “Dates for Filing Applications” and “Final Action Dates” charts provide guidance on when immigrant visa applicants should be informed to gather and submit the necessary documentation to the National Visa Center.
What Dates Should Be Used For Filing Family-Sponsored Visas?
According to the bulletin released by USCIS, applicants must use the “Dates for Filing” chart for all family-sponsored preference categories, which has been provided in the November Visa Bulletin 2022 by the Department of State.
Which Dates Should Be Used For Filing Employment-Based Preference Visas?
All candidates who come under the employment-based preference categories should use the “Dates for Filing” chart provided in the November Visa Bulletin 2022 by the Department of State.
Per the November 2022 Visa Bulletin, filing cutoff dates that will apply for issuing an immigrant visa for employment-based categories are as follows:
- For EB-1: All countries, in addition to China and India, will remain current.
- For EB-2: EB-2 India on May 1, 2012, and EB-2 China will remain on July 8, 2019. All other countries will stay current.
- For EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers: EB-3 China will stay on July 15, 2018, and EB-3 India will stay on July 1, 2012. All other countries will stay current.
- EB–3 Other Workers: EB-3 China will remain on November 1, 2015, and EB-3 India will remain on July 1, 2012. The cut-off date of September 8, 2022, is applicable to all other countries.
- For EB-4: EB-4 Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala will stay on April 15, 2018, and EB-4 Mexico will remain on October 15, 2020. All other countries stay current
- For EB-5: For Unreserved categories of EB-5 such as C5, T5, I5, and R5, the Date for Filing for China will stay on January 1, 2016, India will have a filing cut-off date of December 8, 2019, and all other countries will stay current. For the EB-5 “Set-Aside” Rural, High Unemployment, and Infrastructure categories, the Date for Filing will stay current for all countries.
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