March 2022 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the March 2022 Visa Bulletin. The employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for foreign nationals born in India continues to advance, while the other categories largely remain stagnant. All cutoff dates listed refer to the dates in the final action chart (i.e., Chart A), unless otherwise specified.

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 EB2 India advances to May 1, 2013. EB2 China’s cutoff date remains unchanged at March 1, 2019. EB2 is current for all other countries of chargeability.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category

For the fifth month in a row, there is no movement in the EB3 category. The cutoff date for EB3 India remains unchanged 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 advances to May 1, 2012.

Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category

The EB4 cutoff date for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras retrogresses to May 1, 2017. For EB4 Mexico, the cutoff date remains at April 1, 2020. This category is current for all other countries of chargeability.

Note that the EB4 program for certain religious workers is currently scheduled to expire on February 18, 2022. If Congress does not extend the program by that date, the EB4 category for certain religious workers will be unavailable.

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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