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US Department of State Releases Visa Bulletin November 2023

US Department of State Releases Visa Bulletin November 2023. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will use the Dates for Filing Chart in November 2023. The US Department of State Visa Bulletin for November 2023 reflects no change in priority date cutoff dates.

Visa Bulletin 2023 has been released by the US Department of State, outlining the priority date cutoffs for immigrant visa availability and the flow of adjustment of status applications and consular immigrant visa applications.

Statutory Numbers for Preference Immigrant Visas

In this bulletin, we summarize the availability of immigrant numbers for “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” which indicate when immigrant visa applicants should assemble and submit required documentation.

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. Applicants may use the “Dates for Filing Visa Applications” charts in this Bulletin if USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available than applicants for such visas.

1.  Procedures for determining dates: Documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas are reported by consular officers to the Department of State; applicants for status adjustment are reported to USCIS. For requests received by October 3rd, allocations were made in chronological order of reported priority dates. Oversubscription is a condition that applies to a category or foreign state in which the demand is excessive if not all demand can be satisfied.

An oversubscribed category’s final action date is the priority date of the first applicant who was unable to be reached within the numerical limits. The supplemental requests for numbers will only be honored if the priority date falls within the new final action date announced in this bulletin if it becomes necessary to retrogress a final action date during the monthly allocation process. In the event that an annual limit is reached, the preference category would become “unavailable” and no further requests for numbers would be accepted.

2.  The fiscal year 2024 limit for family : As determined by Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), there are 226,000 sponsored preference immigrants per year and at least 140,000 employment-based preference immigrants globally.

According to Section 202, the per-country preference immigration limit is set at 7% of the total annual family-sponsored and employment-based preference limit, which is 25,620. The dependent area limit is 2%, or 7,320.

3.  INA Section 203(e) provides that family: As soon as a petition in behalf of each has been filed, sponsorship-based preference visas and employment-based preference visas will be granted. Under Section 203(d), spouses and children of preference immigrants are given the same status, as well as the same order of consideration, if they accompany the principal or follow.

Whenever visas will exceed the per-country limit for a foreign state or dependent area, Section 202(e) provides for visa prorating. At present, these provisions apply to the following oversubscribed chargeability areas: China-mainland born, India, Mexico, and Philippines.

4.  Section 203(a) The INA prescribes the following preference classes for allotment of family-sponsored immigrant visas:

Family-Sponsored Preferences

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

Second: 114,200 for spouses and children, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preferences:

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) Children of Permanent Residents (21 years or older) who are not married:  23% of the overall second preference limitation.

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Third: (F3) Sons and daughters of U.S. citizens who are married: 23,400 plus any numbers that are not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: (F4) There are 65,000 brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens, plus any numbers not required by the first three preferences.

Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored Preference Cases

A date listed in the chart below indicates that a class is oversubscribed. “C” means current, which means numbers may be issued to all qualified applicants; and “U” means unauthorized, which means numbers may not be issued. Numbers may only be issued to applicants whose priority dates are earlier than the listed final action dates.)

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

For November, F2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limits may be issued to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01FEB19. Applicants charged to all countries with a priority date beginning 01FEB19 and earlier than 08FEB19 are eligible to receive F2A numbers subject to per-country limits. All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limits.

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

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. The application date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation for an immigrant visa to the National Visa Center. All applicants in the relevant category can submit applications regardless of their priority date if the category is designated as “current”.

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.

If USCIS has determined that this chart (instead of the chart in paragraph 4.A.) can be used for filing applications for adjustment of status this month, 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

INA Section 203(b) prescribes the following preference classes for allotting employment-based immigrant visas:

Employment-Based Preferences

First: In addition to the worldwide employment-based preference level, any number not required for the fourth or fifth preference will be considered priority workers.

Second: Persons of Exceptional Ability or Professionals with Advanced Degrees: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level.

Third: There are 28.6% of skilled workers, professionals, and other workers worldwide, plus any numbers not required by the first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which are to “*Other Workers”.

Fourth: Globally, 7.1% of immigrants are special immigrants.

Fifth: 71% of jobs are created worldwide, and 32% of them are reserved for qualified immigrants who invest in rural areas; 10% are reserved for qualified immigrants who invest in high unemployment areas; and 2% are reserved for qualified immigrants who invest in infrastructure projects. All other qualified immigrants are allotted 68% of the remaining 68%.

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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 01OCT19 01JAN12 15JUL22 15JUL22
3rd 01DEC21 01JAN20 01MAY12 01DEC21 01DEC21
Other Workers 01AUG20 01JAN16 01MAY12 01AUG20 01MAY20
4th 01JAN19 01JAN19 01JAN19 01JAN19 01JAN19
Certain Religious Workers 01JAN19 01JAN19 01JAN19 01JAN19 01JAN19
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

203(e) of Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997, as amended by Section 1(e) of Pub. L. 105-139, provides that once the Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) cut-off date has reached the priority date of the latest EW petition approved prior to November 19, 1997, the 10,000 EW numbers available for a fiscal year are to be reduced by up to 5,000 annually beginning in the following fiscal year. This reduction is to be made for as long as necessary to offset adjustments under the NACARA program. Since the EW final action date reached November 19, 1997 during Fiscal Year 2001, the reduction in the EW annual limit to 5,000 began in Fiscal Year 2002. For Fiscal Year 2024 this reduction will be limited to approximately 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.

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 November

INA Section 203(c) permits immigrants from countries with low admissions over the last five years to apply for additional immigration opportunities. Under NACARA, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 diversity visas each year allocated will be available for use under the program beginning with DV-99 and for as long as necessary. DV-2024 will be limited to approximately 54,850 visas as a result of this.  Each year, only seven percent of the available diversity visas can be granted to one country.

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All regions/eligible countries will charge the following fees for immigrant numbers in the DV category in November. In the case of an allocation cut-off number, visas can only be issued to applicants whose DV regional lottery rank numbers are BELOW the allocation cut-off number:

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

It is only through the end of the fiscal (visa) year that the applicant is selected in the lottery that the applicant is eligible for immigrant status under the DV category. All applicants registered for the DV-2024 program are eligible for a DV visa until September 30, 2024. After that date, DV visas may not be issued. Similarly, DV-2024 principals’ spouses and children are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2024. The availability of DV visas throughout FY-2024 cannot be taken for granted. The number of visas could be exhausted before September 30.

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

The following immigrant numbers in the DV category are available for qualified DV-2024 applicants in December, based on the following charges to all regions/eligible countries. Visas are only available to applicants whose DV regional lottery rank numbers are BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number when an allocation cut-off number is shown:

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

Scheduled Expiration of One Employment Visa Category

According to H.R. 5860, signed on September 30, 2023, the non-minister special immigrant program will expire on November 17, 2023. No SR visas will be issued overseas after midnight November 16, 2023, or final action will be taken on adjustment of status cases after midnight November 17, 2023.  Prior to November 16, 2023, all non-minister special immigrant visas issued will have a validity date of November 16, 2023, and no later than midnight on November 16, 2023, all individuals seeking admission must be admitted (repeat, admitted) into the U.S.

According to the applicable foreign state of chargeability for November, the SR category is available and subject to the same final action dates as other Employment Fourth Preference categories. As of November 17, 2023, the category will become “Unavailable” if no legislative action is taken to extend it beyond November 17, 2023.  As long as legislative action does not extend the category beyond November 17, the published dates will continue to apply.

Conclusion 

The November 2023 Visa Bulletin from the US Department of State provides crucial information on immigrant visa availability and adjustment of status applications. The bulletin outlines priority date cutoffs, preference classes, and important dates for both family-sponsored and employment-based visas. It emphasizes the significance of timely action based on priority dates and advises applicants to refer to USCIS guidelines. Notably, the bulletin underscores potential changes in the availability of visas, especially in oversubscribed categories. The expiration of the non-minister special immigrant program on November 17, 2023, adds a critical deadline for affected individuals. It is imperative to stay informed and adhere to the guidelines outlined in the bulletin 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 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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