Each month, the Department of State scrutinizes the backlog in different immigrant visa categories to forecast priority dates. Individuals with a priority date on or before the forecasted date can advance to the subsequent stage in their immigration process, whether that involves applying for an immigrant visa at a consulate abroad or filing for adjustment of status.
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The Visa Bulletin presents “dates of filing,” signaling the initiation of the next phase, and “final action dates,” dictating when applications can be processed. Typically, the time between these two dates indicates the anticipated processing duration by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services).
In line with the November Visa Bulletin, there has been no advancement in several significant employment-based categories, according to an ET report. USCIS, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, has affirmed its utilization of the “Dates for Filing” chart to assess eligibility for the submission of employment-based adjustment of status applications.
This essentially means that, for individuals patiently waiting for their priority dates to become current in various employment-based categories, there have been no developments during the month of November.
The November 2023 Visa Bulletin discloses the final action dates for significant employment-based visa categories. These dates dictate the advancement of immigrant visa or green card applications, according to the ET report:
EB-1 (Employment-Based First Preference):
- All countries, except China, are current, with a final action date of February 15, 2022.
- India stands at a final action date of January 1, 2017.
EB-2 (Employment-Based Second Preference):
- China: Final action date is October 1, 2019.
- India: Final action date is January 1, 2012.
- All other countries have moved slightly ahead to July 15, 2022.
EB-3 (Employment-Based Third Preference) for Professionals and Skilled Workers:
- India: Final action date is May 1, 2012.
- China: Final action date is January 1, 2020.
- All other countries share a final action date of December 1, 2021.
EB-4 (Employment-Based Fourth Preference) and Certain Religious Workers:
- All countries have a final action date of January 1, 2019.
EB-5 (Employment-Based Fifth Preference) for Unreserved Categories (C5, T5, I5, and R5):
- India: Final action date is December 15, 2018.
- China: Final action date is October 1, 2015.
- All other countries remain current.
EB-5 Set-Aside Categories for Rural, High Unemployment, and Infrastructure:
- These categories remain current for all countries.
These final action dates determine the progression of your immigration process, depending on your visa category and your country of chargeability.
November 2023 Dates for Filing for applicants from India
- EB-1 (Employment-Based First Preference): Commences from July 1, 2019.
- EB-2 (Employment-Based Second Preference): Initiates from May 15, 2012.
- EB-3 (Employment-Based Third Preference) for Professional and Skilled Workers: Begins on August 1, 2012.
- EB-3 (Employment-Based Third Preference) for Other Workers: Also starts on August 1, 2012.
- EB-5 (Employment-Based Fifth Preference) Unreserved: Kicks off from April 1, 2022.
These “Dates for Filing” play a pivotal role in determining when individuals can embark on the subsequent phase of their immigration process. It’s imperative to fulfill the requirements and stay updated on these dates to facilitate the progression of your green card application or immigrant visa.