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Visa Bulletin For December 2023. The bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers for “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigration visa applicants should gather and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center.

For determining when individuals can submit applications for adjustment of status, individuals should use the “Final Action Dates” charts below, unless otherwise indicated on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo. This bulletin contains charts indicating when there are more immigrant visas available for the fiscal year than there are known applicants for the visas. USCIS will advise applicants to use these charts instead when there are more visas available than there are known applicants.

Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored Preference Cases

In the chart below, the listing of a date indicates whether the class is oversubscribed. “C” indicates that numbers are authorized for issuance to all qualified applicants (see paragraph 1); “U” indicates that numbers are not authorized for issuance. A number may only be issued to applicants whose priority dates precede the final action date listed below.)

Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 01JAN15 01JAN15 01JAN15 01MAY01 01MAR12
F2A 08FEB19 08FEB19 08FEB19 01FEB19 08FEB19
F2B 22SEP15 22SEP15 22SEP15 01MAY02 22OCT11
F3 08JAN09 08JAN09 08JAN09 22MAR98 08JUN02
F4 22APR07 22APR07 08OCT05 15SEP00 22AUG02

For December, F2A numbers EXEMPT from the per-country limit are authorized for issuance to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01FEB19. If the applicant has a priority date beginning 01FEB19 and earlier than 08FEB19, F2A numbers are subject to a per-country limit and are eligible for issuance to all countries except Mexico. The per-country limit does not apply to any F2A numbers provided to Mexico.

Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Visa Applications

This chart shows the dates for submitting visa applications within a timeframe that warrants immediate action. Following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions, applicants with a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart below can prepare and submit required documents to the Department of State. A priority date for an oversubscribed category is the date on which the first applicant cannot submit the required documentation to the National Visa Center. All applicants in a category designated “current” may apply, regardless of priority date.

If the category is listed as “C,” it means that it is current, and applications can be submitted regardless of the applicant’s priority date. If a date is listed for any category, only applicants with a priority date that is earlier than that date can submit an application.

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To find out if USCIS has approved this chart for use as a replacement for the chart in paragraph 4.A, visit www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo. 

Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 01SEP17 01SEP17 01SEP17 01APR05 22APR15
F2A 01SEP23 01SEP23 01SEP23 01SEP23 01SEP23
F2B 01JAN17 01JAN17 01JAN17 01AUG04 01OCT13
F3 01MAR10 01MAR10 01MAR10 15JUN01 08NOV03
F4 01MAR08 01MAR08 22FEB06 15APR01 22APR04

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases

In the chart below, the listing of a date indicates whether the class is oversubscribed. “C” indicates that numbers are authorized for issuance to all qualified applicants (see paragraph 1); “U” indicates that numbers are not authorized for issuance. A number may only be issued to applicants whose priority dates precede the final action date listed below.)

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C 15FEB22 01JAN17 C C
2nd 15JUL22 22OCT19 01JAN12 15JUL22 15JUL22
3rd 01DEC21 22JAN20 01MAY12 01DEC21 01DEC21
Other Workers 01AUG20 01JAN16 01MAY12 01AUG20 01MAY20
4th 01JAN19 01JAN19 01JAN19 01JAN19 01JAN19
Certain Religious Workers U U U U U
5th Unreserved
(including C5, T5, I5, R5)
C 01OCT15 15DEC18 C C
5th Set Aside:
Rural (20%)
C C C C C
5th Set Aside:
High Unemployment (10%)
C C C C C
5th Set Aside:
Infrastructure (2%)
C C C C C

The Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) Category is governed by Section 203(e) of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), which was amended by Public Law When the Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) cut-off date reaches the priority date of the last EW petition that was approved before November 19, 1997, the 10,000 EW numbers for a fiscal year are reduced by up to 5,000 each year starting in the following fiscal year. As long as necessary, this reduction will be made to offset NACARA-related adjustments. EW’s annual limit was reduced to 5,000 in 2002 after its final action date reached November 19, 1997 during Fiscal Year 2001. Approximately 150 EWs will be allowed per year in Fiscal Year 2024.

Dates for Filing of Employment-Based Visa Applications

Following is a chart of the dates for applying for visas within a timeframe that warrants immediate action. Immigrant visa applicants with a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart may assemble and submit required documents to the National Visa Center once they receive a notification from the National Visa Center with detailed instructions. Oversubscribed categories have a priority date determined by the first applicant who cannot submit documentation for an immigration visa to the National Visa Center. All applicants in a category designated “current” are eligible to apply, regardless of their priority date.

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If the category is listed as “C,” it means that it is current, and applications can be submitted regardless of the applicant’s priority date. If a date is listed for any category, only applicants with a priority date that is earlier than that date can submit an application.

Visit www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo for information on whether USCIS has determined that this chart can be used (in lieu of the chart in paragraph 5.A.) this month for filing applications for adjustment of status with USCIS.

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO  PHILIPPINES 
1st C 01AUG22 01JUL19 C C
2nd 01JAN23 01JAN20 15MAY12 01JAN23 01JAN23
3rd 01FEB23 01SEP20 01AUG12 01FEB23 01JAN23
Other Workers 15DEC20 01JUN17 01AUG12 15DEC20 15MAY20
4th 01MAR19 01MAR19 01MAR19 01MAR19 01MAR19
Certain Religious Workers 01MAR19 01MAR19 01MAR19 01MAR19 01MAR19
5th Unreserved
(including C5, T5, I5, R5)
C 01JAN17 01APR22 C C
5th Set Aside:
(Rural – 20%)
C C C C C
5th Set Aside:
(High Unemployment – 10%)
C C C C C
5th Set Aside:
(Infrastructure – 2%)
C C C C C

Diversity Immigrant (DV) Category for the Month of December

To enable additional immigration opportunities for individuals from countries with low admissions during the previous five years, Section 203(c) of the INA allows up to 55,000 immigrant visas each year. As part of NACARA, up to 5,000 diversity visas will be made available for use under the program starting with DV-99 and for as long as necessary. As a result of this, the DV-2024 annual limit will be reduced to 54,850.  The diversity visa program is divided into six geographic regions, with no country receiving more than seven percent of the visas each year.

For December, qualified DV-2024 applicants can apply for immigrant numbers in the DV category, charged as follows to all regions/eligible countries. DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the allocated cut-off number are required to be eligible for visas:

Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except
Those Listed Separately
AFRICA 11,000 Except:  Algeria     10,500
Egypt        10,000
Morocco   10,000
ASIA 3,000 Except:  Iran     2,800
Nepal  2,500
EUROPE 6,000 Except:  Russia          5,900
Uzbekistan  3,000
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 5
OCEANIA 450
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN
600

DV applicants are entitled to immigrant status only for the fiscal (visa) year for which they have been selected in the lottery. In the DV-2024 program, the eligibility period for all applicants ends on September 30, 2024. After that date, no DV visas can be issued. Furthermore, spouses and children accompanying or following DV-2024 principals will only be eligible for derivative DV status until September 30, 2024. DV visa availability through September 30th of FY-2024 cannot be assumed. Numbers could be exhausted before then.

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The Diversity (DV) Immigrant Category Rank Cut-Offs Which Will Apply in January

As of January, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to DV-2024 applicants who qualify for all regions/eligible countries, as follows. DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number are the only applicants eligible for visas when an allocation cut-off number appears:

Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except
Those Listed Separately
AFRICA 22,000 Except: Algeria     15,000
Egypt       15,000
Morocco  20,000
ASIA 5,500 Except:  Iran       5,450
Nepal    3,000
EUROPE 12,000 Except:  Russia         11,500
Uzbekistan   4,750
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 5
OCEANIA 650
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN
1000

Scheduled Expiration of One the Employment Fourth Preference (SR) Religious Workers Category

After midnight on November 16, 2023, no SR visas will be issued overseas, or any final action on adjustment of status cases will be taken under H.R. 5860, which was signed on September 30, 2023.  All visas issued before November 16, 2023 will be valid only until then, and all individuals seeking admission in the non-minister special immigrant category must be admitted (repeat admitted) by midnight on November 16, 2023.

As of December, the SR category is listed as “Unavailable” for all countries. In the event that legislation is taken to extend the category, it will likely become available immediately. In the event that this category is extended, it will be subject to the same final action dates as the other Employment Fourth Preference categories, depending on the foreign country of chargeability.

Conclusion 

The December 2023 Visa Bulletin outlines critical information for immigrant visa availability. It provides Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based Preference Cases, guiding applicants on when to submit required documentation. The bulletin emphasizes USCIS guidelines for adjustment of status applications and the significance of timely action based on priority dates. Additionally, it highlights the Diversity Immigrant Category, cautioning that DV visa availability may be exhausted before September 30, 2024. The bulletin concludes by addressing the scheduled expiration of the Employment Fourth Preference (SR) Religious Workers category, noting its unavailability as of December and the potential for extension based on legislative action. Applicants are advised to stay informed and adhere to USCIS guidelines for a successful immigration process.

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US Department of State Releases Visa Bulletin October 2023

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US Department of State Releases Visa Bulletin October 2023. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will use the Dates for Filing Chart in October 2023. A number of visa categories will advance in October 2023 in the State Department Visa Bulletin.

According to the October 2023 Visa Bulletin released by the US Department of State, priority date cutoffs are in place to regulate immigrant visa availability as well as the flow of adjustment of status applications and consular immigrant visa applications.

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Statutory Numbers for Preference Immigrant Visas

In this bulletin, we summarize the availability of immigrant numbers during October for: “Final Action Dates,” “Dates for Filing Applications,” and when applicants for immigrant visas should assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center.

For determining when individuals can submit applications for adjustment of status, individuals should use the “Final Action Dates” charts below, unless otherwise indicated on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo. In the event that the USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for the fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, the agency will state on its website that applicants may instead use the “Dates for Filing Visa Applications” charts in this bulletin.

1. Procedures for determining dates: Applicants for numerically limited visas must be reported to the Department of State by consular officers; applicants for status adjustment must be reported to USCIS by USCIS. For demand received by September 8th, allocations are presented in the charts below in chronological order of reported priority dates. Those categories or foreign states where demand was excessive were considered oversubscribed if it wasn’t possible to satisfy all demand. The final action date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits. Supplemental requests for numbers will be honored only if the priority date falls within the new final action date announced in this bulletin if it becomes necessary during the monthly allocation process to retrogress a final action date. Whenever the annual limit is reached, the preference category must be made “unavailable”, and no further requests will be honored.

2. The fiscal year 2024 limit for family: According to Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), there are 226,000 sponsored preference immigrants. There are at least 140,000 employment-based preference immigrants worldwide each year. Under Section 202, preference immigrants are limited to 7% of the annual family-sponsored and employment-based preference limits, i.e., 25,620.  The dependent area limit is set at 2%, or 7,320.

3. INA Section 203(e) provides that family: Applicants who have applied for sponsored and employment-based preference visas are given visas in the order they were petitioned for. If accompanying or following their principal, spouses and children of preference immigrants are entitled to the same status, as well as the same order of consideration. When visa issuances will exceed the per-country limit for a foreign state or dependent area, Section 202(e) provides visa prorating provisions. At present, these provisions apply to the following oversubscribed chargeability areas:  CHINA-mainland born, INDIA, MEXICO, and PHILIPPINES.

4. Family-sponsored: immigrant visas are allotted according to the following preference classes under section 203(a) of the INA:

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Family-Sponsored Preferences

First: (F1) Children of U.S. citizens who are unmarried:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Unmarried sons and daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:

A. (F2A) 77% of the overall second preference limitation is for spouses and children of permanent residents; 75% of the per-country limit is exempt for spouses and children of permanent residents;

B. (F2B) The second preference limitation for unmarried sons and daughters (21 years of age or older) of permanent residents is 23%.

Third: (F3) The number of married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens is 23,400, plus any numbers not required by the first preference and second preference.

Fourth: (F4) 65,000, plus any numbers not required by the first three preferences.

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Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored Preference Cases

If a class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1), the listing of a date indicates that the class is oversubscribed. Numbers “C” are authorized to be issued to all qualified applicants, while numbers “U” are not authorized to be issued. (NOTE: Only applicants whose priority dates are earlier than the final action dates listed below are authorized to issue numbers.)

Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 01JAN15 01JAN15 01JAN15 22APR01 01MAR12
F2A 08FEB19 08FEB19 08FEB19 01FEB19 08FEB19
F2B 22SEP15 22SEP15 22SEP15 01JAN02 22OCT11
F3 08JAN09 08JAN09 08JAN09 08MAR98 08JUN02
F4 22APR07 22APR07 08OCT05 01AUG00 22AUG02

F2A numbers with priority dates earlier than 01FEB19 are exempt from per-country limits for October. Applicants chargeable to all countries except Mexico, with priority dates beginning 01FEB19 and before 08FEB19, are authorized to apply for F2A numbers subject to per-country limits. MEXICO F2A numbers are exempt from the per-country limit.

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Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Visa Applications

Listed below are dates for applying for visas within a timeframe that warrants immediate action. Following receipt of notification containing detailed instructions from the National Visa Center, applicants for immigrant visas with a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart below may assemble and submit the required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center. Oversubscribed categories have the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documents for an immigrant visa to the National Visa Center. Applicants in a category designated “current” may apply regardless of their priority date if the category is designated “current.”

Applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date if the “C” listing indicates that the category is currently active. When a category is listed with a specific date, only applicants whose priority date is earlier than the listed date can apply.

USCIS has determined that this chart can be used (in place of the chart in paragraph 4.A.) this month for filing applications for adjustment of status at www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo. 

Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 01SEP17 01SEP17 01SEP17 01APR05 22APR15
F2A 01SEP23 01SEP23 01SEP23 01SEP23 01SEP23
F2B 01JAN17 01JAN17 01JAN17 01AUG04 01OCT13
F3 01MAR10 01MAR10 01MAR10 15JUN01 08NOV03
F4 01MAR08 01MAR08 22FEB06 15APR01 22APR04

5.  Section 203(b) of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of Employment-based immigrant visas as follows:

Employment-Based Preferences

First: Including any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences, 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level.

Second: People with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.

Third: Professionals, Skilled Workers, and Other Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not exceeding 10,000.

Fourth: Special Immigrants: 7.1% of the worldwide population.

Fifth: There are 7.1% of jobs created worldwide, of which 32% are reserved for qualified immigrants who invest in rural areas; 10% for qualified immigrants who invest in areas with high unemployment; and 2% for qualified immigrants who invest in infrastructure projects. In the remaining 68%, all qualified immigrants are allotted a place.

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Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases

There is an indication on the chart below that a class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1) if a date appears; “C” means current, i.e., numbers are issuance to all qualified applicants; and “U” means unauthorized, i.e., numbers are not issuance authorized. NOTE: Numbers may only be issued to applicants whose priority date is earlier than the final action date listed below.)

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C 15FEB22 01JAN17 C C
2nd 08JUL22 01OCT19 01JAN12 08JUL22 08JUL22
3rd 01DEC21 01JAN20 01MAY12 01DEC21 01DEC21
Other Workers 01AUG20 01JAN16 01MAY12 01AUG20 01MAY20
4th 01JAN19 01JAN19 01JAN19 01JAN19 01JAN19
Certain Religious Workers U U U U U
5th Unreserved
(including C5, T5, I5, R5)
C 01OCT15 15DEC18 C C
5th Set Aside:
Rural (20%)
C C C C C
5th Set Aside:
High Unemployment (10%)
C C C C C
5th Set Aside:
Infrastructure (2%)
C C C C C

Employment Third Preference Other Workers Category: Congress passed the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) in November 1997. Section 1(e) of Pub. L. 105-139 stipulates that once the Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) cut-off date has reached the priority date of the most recent EW petition approved prior to November 19, 1997, the 10,000 EW numbers available for a fiscal year will be reduced by 5,000 in the following year. This reduction is to be made for as long as necessary to offset adjustments under the NACARA program. As of Fiscal Year 2002, the annual limit for EWs has been reduced to 5,000 since the final action date reached November 19, 1997. In Fiscal Year 2024, this reduction will be limited to 150.

Dates for Filing of Employment-Based Visa Applications

In the chart below, you can see the dates for submitting visa applications within a timeframe that warrants immediate action. As soon as the Department of State notifies applicants with a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart, they can gather and submit the required documents to the National Visa Center, following instructions provided by the National Visa Center. The application date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa. Applicants in a category designated “current” may file regardless of their priority dates.

Applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date if the “C” listing indicates that the category is currently active. When a category is listed with a specific date, only applicants whose priority date is earlier than the listed date can apply.

You can find out if USCIS has determined that this chart can be used (in lieu of the chart in paragraph 5.A.) this month for filing applications for adjustment of status at www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo. 

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO  PHILIPPINES 
1st C 01AUG22 01JUL19 C C
2nd 01JAN23 01JAN20 15MAY12 01JAN23 01JAN23
3rd 01FEB23 01SEP20 01AUG12 01FEB23 01JAN23
Other Workers 15DEC20 01JUN17 01AUG12 15DEC20 15MAY20
4th 01MAR19 01MAR19 01MAR19 01MAR19 01MAR19
Certain Religious Workers 01MAR19 01MAR19 01MAR19 01MAR19 01MAR19
5th Unreserved
(including C5, T5, I5, R5)
C 01JAN17 01APR22 C C
5th Set Aside:
(Rural – 20%)
C C C C C
5th Set Aside:
(High Unemployment – 10%)
C C C C C
5th Set Aside:
(Infrastructure – 2%)
C C C C C

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Diversity Immigrant (DV) Category for the Month of October

In accordance with section 203(c) of the INA, persons from countries with low admissions for the past five years may apply for up to 55,000 immigrant visas each fiscal year. As a result of NACARA, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 diversity visas allocated annually will be available for use as part of the program beginning with DV-99. As a result, the DV-2024 annual limit will be reduced to approximately 54,850.  A country cannot receive more than seven percent of the diversity visas in any given year. Diversity visas are divided among six geographical regions.

In October, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available for qualified DV-2024 applicants, which are charged to all regions/eligible countries. Only applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the allocation cut-off number will be granted visas when an allocation cut-off number is shown:

Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except
Those Listed Separately
AFRICA 10,000 Except:  Algeria     7,500
Egypt        5,500
Morocco   5,600
ASIA 2,000 Except:  Iran     1,750
Nepal  1,300
EUROPE 4,500 Except:  Russia         4,400
Uzbekistan  1,250
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 2
OCEANIA 225
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN
375
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An applicant’ immigrant status in the DV category lasts only until the end of the fiscal (visa) year for which they are selected. In the DV-2024 program, the year of entitlement ends on September 30, 2024. After that date, DV visas cannot be issued to DV-2024 applicants. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following DV-2024 principals will receive derivative DV status until September 30, 2024. It is not guaranteed that DV visas will be available throughout FY-2024. Numbers could run out before September 30.

Diversity (DV) Immigrant Category Rank Cut-Offs for November

In November, DV-2024 applicants are eligible to apply for immigrant numbers, which are chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. There are visas available only to applicants whose DV regional lottery rank numbers are BELOW the allocation cut-off number when an allocation cut-off number is shown:

Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except
Those Listed Separately
AFRICA 10,000 Except: Algeria     7,500
Egypt       5,500
Morocco  5,600
ASIA 2,300 Except:  Iran       2,200
Nepal    1,300
EUROPE 5,000 Except:  Russia         4,750
Uzbekistan   1,250
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)  2
OCEANIA 300
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN
500

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Scheduled Expiration of the Employment Fourth Preference (SR) Religious Workers Category

On December 29, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, extended the Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR) category until September 30, 2023. After midnight September 29, 2023, SR visas cannot be issued overseas, or adjustment of status cases may not be finalized.  The validity of visas issued before that date will end on September 29, 2023, and all individuals seeking admission in the non-minister special immigrant category must be admitted (repeat admitted) by that date.

The SR category is listed as “Unavailable” for all countries for October. If legislation is passed to extend the category, it is likely to become available immediately if it is extended. Based on the applicable foreign state of chargeability, the category will be subject to the same final action dates as the other Employment Fourth Preference categories.

Employment-Based Visa Availability for Fy-2024

As a result of new visa numbers available for FY-2024, final action dates have been advanced across most employment-based visa categories. A potential date advancement throughout the fiscal year is intended to keep visa issuance within quarterly limits in accordance with INA sections 201(a)(2) and 203(g). During FY-2024, visa demand and issuance patterns will determine the actual date movements.

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Conclusion 

In October 2023, the US Department of State released the Visa Bulletin, signaling advancements in various visa categories. The bulletin establishes priority date cutoffs to manage immigrant visa availability and regulate adjustment of status applications. Applicants should refer to “Final Action Dates” for status adjustment and may use “Dates for Filing Applications” if USCIS indicates availability. The bulletin outlines specific criteria, procedures, and limits for family-sponsored and employment-based preference visas, emphasizing real-time monitoring and data-driven decision-making for effective immigration management. The Diversity Immigrant Category and upcoming adjustments in Employment Fourth Preference (SR) Religious Workers Category are also detailed. Overall, the bulletin reflects efforts to streamline immigration processes and adapt to evolving demand and policies.

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