Recently, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the July 2022 Visa Bulletin. All cutoff dates listed refer to the dates in the final action chart (i.e., Chart A) unless otherwise determined.
It turns, out that our July Visa Bulletin 2022 predictions were extremely near the actual results – particularly with India EB3. The movement in many categories was negligible, however, hopefully, more movement is on the horizon for the rest of 2022.
USCIS July 2022 Visa Bulletin Predictions
As expected, India EB3 has no change for dates for filing applications and final action dates. As of now, it doesn’t appear that India’s EB3 will make much movement until September of this fiscal year.
The final action date for India EB2 progressed by 90 days, and the dates for filing applications moved slightly ahead by just one month. While we understand this movement isn’t what most green card candidates were expecting, it gives us trust that retrogression isn’t too far off.
July 2022 Visa Bulletin Summary
According to the State Department’s July 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
The cutoff date for EB2 India advances by a couple of months, to 1st December 2014. EB2 China’s cutoff dates move ahead to 1st April 2019. EB2 is current for any remaining nations of chargeability.
Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category
As has been the new trend, there is no development in the EB3 category. The cutoff date for EB3 India remains on 15th January 2012, while EB3 China keeps a 22nd March 2018 cutoff date. The EB3 category remains current for any remaining nations of chargeability.
EB3 Other Workers
The cutoff date for EB3 different workers in India is the same as its EB3 cutoff date. For China, the cutoff date for EB3 other workers remains stuck on 1st June 2012. For any remaining nations of chargeability, EB3 other workers retrogress to 8th May 2019.
Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category
The EB4 cutoff date advances to 8th November 2017, for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. For EB4 Mexico, the cutoff date stays on 1st April 2020. This category is current for any remaining nations of chargeability.
Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category
EB5 remains 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 foundation projects) is 22nd November 2015. EB5 set aside for China is current.
We will continue to closely monitor and report development and predictions related to the monthly Visa Bulletin of July 2022. Subscribe to our website to have weekly updates.