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Friday, November 18, 2022

December 2022 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 Retrogresses / EB-1 Expected to Retrogress

                                         

In December's Visa Bulletin, there is no movement with family-based visas, and F2A remains current for all countries. Hence, green card holders can continue to petition for their spouses and minor children for adjustment of status.   

The following are the highlights for Employment Final Action Dates:

  • EB-2 India retrogresses by 176 days to 10/08/2011.
  • EB-2 for all countries (except India and China) will have a cut-off date of 11/01/2022.  
  • Due to increased visa usage, EB-1 for India and China are expected to retrogress in FY2023. 
  • EB-3 advances for both India and China. 
  • The State Department estimated 197,000 employment-based visa numbers for FY-2023, after capturing approximately 57,000 unused family-based visa numbers from FY 2022. 

Please see the following movements for EB-2 and EB-3 India/China:

Employment-Based (Filing Dates)
EB2 China: No movement
EB2 India: No movement
EB3 China: Advances 78 days to 09/01/2018
EB3 Other workers India: Advances 31 days to 08/01/2012

Employment-Based (Final Action Dates)
EB2 China: No movement
EB2 India: Retrogresses 176 days to 10/08/2011
EB3 China: Advances 47 days to 06/08/2019
EB3 Other workers China: Advances 203 days to 06/22/2013
EB3 Other workers India: advances 75 days to 06/15/2012

 

 AD: Dates for Final Action (Green Card Approval)      FD: Dates for Filing Applications Only

      Family

Other Countries

      China

India

Mexico

Philippines

F1

AD

12/01/2014

12/01/2014

12/01/2014

11/15/2000

03/01/2012

FD

08/08/2016  

08/08/2016

08/08/2016

12/01/2002  

04/22/2015

F2A

AD

C

C

C

C

C

FD

C

C

C

C

C

F2B

AD

09/22/2015

09/22/2015

09/22/2015

06/01/2001

10/22/2011

FD

01/01/2017

01/01/2017

01/01/2017

01/01/2002

10/01/2013

F3

AD

11/22/2008

11/22/2008

11/22/2008

11/01/1997

06/08/2002

FD

11/08/2009

11/08/2009

11/08/2009

06/15/2001

11/08/2003

F4

AD

03/22/2007  

03/22/2007

09/15/2005

08/01/2000

08/22/2002

FD

12/15/2007

12/15/2007

02/22/2006

04/01/2001

04/22/2004


1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,400 per year).
2A: The 2 “A” preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.
2B: The 2 “B” Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.
3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,400 per year)
4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens. (about 65,000 per year)




Employment

Other Countries

China

El Salvador

Guatemala

Honduras

India

Mexico

Philippines

EB1

AD

C

C

C

C

C

C

FD

C

C

C

C

C

C

EB2

AD

11/01/2022

06/08/2019

11/01/2022

10/08/2011

11/01/2022

11/01/2022

FD

12/01/2022

07/08/2019

12/01/2022

05/01/2012

12/01/2022

12/01/2022

EB3

AD

C

08/01/2018

C

06/15/2012

C

C

FD

C

09/01/2018

C

08/01/2012

C

C

Other Workers

AD

06/01/2020

06/22/2013

06/01/2020

06/15/2012

06/01/2020

06/01/2020

FD

09/08/2022

11/01/2015

09/08/2022

08/01/2012

09/08/2022

09/08/2022

EB4

AD

06/22/2022

06/22/2022

03/15/2018

06/22/2022

09/15/2020

06/22/2022

FD

07/22/2022

07/22/2022

04/15/2018

07/22/2022

10/15/2020

07/22/2022

EB5

AD

C

03/22/2015*

C

11/08/2019

C

C

FD

C

01/01/2016*

C

12/08/2019

C

C



1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding prof./researchers)
2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: “Special Immigrants” (Religious & others)
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)

*China EB-5 visa numbers for rural, high unemployment & infrastructure areas/projects are current.

 

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