The Department of State (DOS) has released the October 2022 visa bulletin, which will determine the start of FY 2023 immigrant visa allocations. DOS estimates that there will be 200,000 available employment-based immigrant visas for FY 2023. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in partnership with DOS, has affirmed their commitment to issuing as many available visas as possible in the coming year.
USCIS has announced that the “Dates of Filing” chart will be used for adjustment of status filings. Key takeaways, according to the “Dates of Filing” chart, for the month of October are as follows:
- The EB-1 category will remain current for all countries.
- The EB-2 category will retrogress for India by over two years (to May 1, 2012) and will advance for China by over two months (to July 8, 2019).
- The EB-3 Professional and Skilled Workers category will advance by a few months for India (to July 1, 2012) and China (to July 15, 2018).
- The EB-5 Unreserved categories (C5, T5, I5, and R5) will retrogress for India (to December 8, 2019) and remain the same for China (at January 1, 2016).
USCIS previously announced their intention to use as many employment-based green cards as possible by September 30th. It has been recently reported that USCIS may have exhausted all available employment-based immigrant visas for FY 2022. WR Immigration is monitoring developments.