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Current Priority Order for US Immigrant Visa Processing

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US Immigrant Visa Processing

The Covid pandemic and restrictive legal immigration policies have brought about huge US immigrant visa processing backlogs. We know how frustrating the waiting process can be.

As indicated by the best information available, here is the priority order for July for US Immigrant visa processing in countries that are not on COVID-19 lockdown or do not have serious restrictions in place:

  • Special Immigrant Visas for Iraqi and Afghan nationals working for the U.S. government
  • IR-3/IR-4 (international adoption cases)
  • CR-1/IR-1 (marriage-based green card)
  • IR-2 (specifically the immigrant child of a U.S. citizen who will turn 21 in the near future)
  • K-1 (fiancé of a U.S. citizen)
  • IR-2 (specifically the immigrant child of a U.S. citizen who will not turn 21 in the near future)
  • All other family-based visas and SE1 (foreign employees of the U.S. government abroad)
  • IR-5 (parent of a U.S. citizen)

[USCIS Eliminates B-2 ‘Bridge’ Requirement for F-1 Applicants]

  • All other immigrant visa types including employment-based and diversity visas
  • F/M/J (nonimmigrant students)
  • H-1B/L/TN/H-2 (nonimmigrant employment-based visas)
  • B-1/B-2 (those eligible for an interview waiver)
  • E-1/E-2 (treaty trader/investor)
  • B-1/B-2 (currently not processing first-time applicants at all even in countries without serious restrictions due to the backlog taking precedence)

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