On 8th July 2022, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) delivered the August 2022 Visa Bulletin. Unless otherwise specified, all cutoff dates listed refer to the dates in the final action chart (i.e., Chart A).
In the coming dates, USCIS is supposed to declare on its own Visa Bulletin site page the cutoff dates for acceptance of adjustment of status applications one month from now. That declaration will explain whether USCIS will accept adjustment of status applications based on the Final Action dates chart or the Dates for Filing chart.
August 2022 Visa Bulletin Summary
According to the State Department’s August Visa Bulletin 2022, Final Action cutoff dates for the issuance of an immigrant visa will be as follows:
Employment-Based, First Preference (EB1) Category
The EB1 category remains current for all countries of chargeability.
Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2) Category
There is no development in the EB2 category. EB2 India’s cutoff date stays set at 1st December 2014, while EB2 China keeps its 1st April 2019 cutoff date.
Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category
For the first time in months, the cutoff dates for EB3 India and EB3 China advance. EB3 India creeps ahead to 15th February 2012, while EB3 China moves up to 22nd April 2018. The EB3 category stays current for any remaining nations of chargeability.
On the Dates for Filing chart, EB-3 India will advance one month, to 22nd February 2012, EB-3 China will advance nearly two months, to 22nd May 2018, and EB-5 China Unreserved (C5, T5, I5, and R5) will advance one week, to 22nd December 2015.
EB3 Other Workers
The end date for EB3 other workers in India is the same as its EB3 cutoff date. For China, the cutoff date for EB3 other workers stays unchanged on 1st June 2012. For any remaining nations of chargeability, the cutoff date for EB3 different workers stays set at 8th May 2019.
Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category
The EB4 cutoff dates remain unchanged from the July Visa Bulletin 2022.
Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category
EB5 stays current for any remaining nations of chargeability, except for China. China’s cutoff date for EB5 unreserved (i.e., EB5 immigrant visa numbers not put away for rural, high unemployment, and infrastructure projects,) is 22nd November 2015. EB5 put away for China is current.
We will proceed to closely monitor and report on development and predictions related to the monthly Visa Bulletin of August 2022.