January 2022 Visa Bulletin

This morning, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the January 2022 Visa Bulletin. There is very little movement in January from the December 2021 visa bulletin.

Visa Bulletin Summary

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 the EB2 category for India advances to July 8, 2012. EB2 China moves up to January 22, 2019. The EB2 category remains current for all other countries of chargeability.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category

There is no movement in the EB3 category. The cutoff date for EB3 India remains stuck at January 15, 2012, while EB3 China still has a March 22, 2018 cutoff date. The EB3 category remains current for all other countries of chargeability.

EB3 Other Workers

With the exception of China, the cutoff dates for EB3 other workers are the same for each country as its respective EB3 cutoff dates. For China, the cutoff date for EB3 other workers remains unchanged at March 1, 2012.

Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category

There is no movement from last month in the EB4 category. Note that, in passing a continuing resolution, Congress extended the EB4 program for certain religious workers through February 18, 2022.

Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category

For non-regional center cases, all countries, including China, are current. For regional center cases, EB5 is unavailable because the program has expired.

If Congress renews the regional center program, the EB5 China cutoff date for both regional center and non-regional center cases would go back to November 22, 2015. For all other countries, the category would be current.


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