The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the May 2022 Visa Bulletin. All cutoff dates listed refer to the dates in the final action chart (i.e., Chart A) unless otherwise specified.
Possible imposition of Final Action cutoff date for EB-3 Other Workers
The Visa Bulletin May 2022 continues to warn that the high number utilized in the EB-3 Other Workers category might require the establishment of a worldwide Final Action date as soon as June 2022, to hold the number used within the maximum allowed under the FY2022 yearly limit. The State Department noticed that it will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments, as necessary.
May 2022 Visa Bulletin Summary
According to the State Department’s May 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 to 1st September 2013. EB2 China’s cutoff date remains unchanged on 1st March 2019. EB2 is current for any remaining nations of chargeability.
Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category
Once again, there is no development in the EB3 category. The cutoff date for EB3 India remains unchanged on 15th January 2012, while EB3 China still has a 22nd March 2018 cutoff date. The EB3 category remains current for any remaining nations of chargeability.
EB3 Other Workers
Except for China, the cutoff dates for EB3 other workers are the same for each nation as its respective EB3 cutoff dates. For China, the cutoff date for EB3 different workers remains stuck on 1st June 2012.
Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category
There is no development in the EB4 category, with the cutoff date for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras remaining on 1st May 2017. For EB4 Mexico, the cutoff date is still set for 1st April 2020. This category is current for any remaining nations of chargeability.
Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category
The EB5 category is current for all nations of chargeability, except for China. The end date for EB5 China is 22nd November 2015.
In related news, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) declared yesterday that U.S. consulates have resumed processing worker visas related to approval I-526 petitions filed based on regional center investments.
We will continue to monitor and report on development and May 2022 Visa Bulletin predictions related to the monthly visa bulletin.