Update and Short-Term Predictions On Visa Bulletin Movement

A formal declaration from a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) official in relation to a pending lawsuit has revealed some updated information and short-term predictions regarding the monthly visa bulletin. The declaration was signed on September 6, 2022 by Mr. Andrew Parker, who is responsible for overseeing issues related to employment-based (EB) adjustment of status cases with the USCIS, and for coordinating related policies with the U.S. Department of State (DOS).

Few EB Immigrant Visas Remaining for Current Fiscal Year

Mr. Parker notes that all EB1 and EB2 immigrant visa numbers have been used for the current fiscal year, which runs through September 30, 2022. This means that no more adjustment of status applications (form I-485) or immigrant visa cases filed in the EB1 or EB2 categories will be approved before October 1, 2022, which is the start of fiscal year 2023 (FY23). Moreover, all visa numbers for EB3 for the current fiscal year are expected to be exhausted within a matter of days, and the EB4 category will likewise run out of visa numbers before the end of the month.

Predictions for October Visa Bulletin

With FY23 starting in a few weeks, Mr. Parker also provided predictions on what to expect in the October 2022 Visa Bulletin. The EB1 category is expected to remain current for all countries of chargeability, while EB2 and EB3 should remain current for all countries other than India and China.

The cutoff dates in the EB2 category for China and the EB3 category for both China and India are expected to advance. However, the EB2 India cutoff date will probably retrogress.


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