The April 2023 Visa Bulletin was made public today by the US Department of State (DOS). Unless otherwise noted, the cutoff dates are taken from the final action chart (Chart A).
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that next month, it will accept employment-based adjustment of status applications with priority dates that are earlier than the Final Action Dates chart in the State Department’s April Visa Bulletin 2023. This follows several months of the agency accepting adjustment of status applications according to the more generous Filing Dates chart.
April 2023 Visa Bulletin Summary
According to the Visa Bulletin of April 2023, Final Action cutoff dates for the issuance of an immigrant visa and filing or approval of an adjustment of status application will be as follows:
Employment-Based, First Preference (EB1) Category
However, there is no movement in the EB1 category, with China and India maintaining their 1st February 2022, cutoff dates. The category remains current for all chargeability nations.
Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2) Category
Except for EB2 China’s cutoff date, which stays unchanged on 8th June 2019, the EB2 cutoff dates all retrogress. Moreover, the EB2 India cutoff date has been moved back to 1st January 2011. For any remaining nations of chargeability, the EB2 cutoff date retrogresses to 1st July 2022.
Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category
The only movement in the EB3 category is that China’s cutoff date advances to 1st November 2018. Also, the cutoff date for EB3 India remains 15th June 2012. For all other countries with chargeability, the EB3 category remains current.
EB3 Other Workers
The cutoff date for EB3 workers in China moves up to 1st October 2014. Also, there is no other movement in this category, with India maintaining a cutoff date of 15th June 2012 and all other nations maintaining a cutoff date of 1st January 2020.
Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category
In April, all nations of chargeability have a cutoff date of 1st September 2018, in the EB4 category.
Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category
There is no movement in the EB5 category. China’s cutoff date for EB5 unreserved (i.e., EB5 immigrant visa numbers not set aside for rural, high unemployment, and infrastructure projects) remains set at July 8, 2015, while India keeps a June 1, 2018 cutoff date. EB5 stays current for any remaining EB5 categories and nations of chargeability.
Family-Based, Second Preference, A (FB2A)
In April, the FB2A category, which is reserved for spouses and children of lawful permanent residents, retrogresses significantly. The FB2A cutoff date for Mexico has been set for 1st November 2018. Also, September 8, 2020, cutoff date is set for any remaining nations of chargeability.
Further, we will keep an eye on the monthly visa bulletin’s movement and predictions and provide regular updates here.