April 2023 Visa Bulletin

Today, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the April 2023 Visa Bulletin. All cutoff dates listed refer to those in the final action chart (i.e., Chart A), unless otherwise specified.

Visa Bulletin Summary

Employment-Based, First Preference (EB1) Category

There is no movement in the EB1 category, with China and India both retaining a cutoff date of February 1, 2022. The category remains current for all countries of chargeability.

Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2) Category

With the exception of EB2 China’s cutoff date, which remains unchanged at June 8, 2019, the EB2 cutoff dates all retrogress. The cutoff date for EB2 India moves back to January 1, 2011. For all other countries of chargeability, the EB2 cutoff date retrogresses to July 1, 2022.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category

The only movement in the EB3 category is that China’s cutoff date advances to November 1, 2018. EB3 India keeps a cutoff date of June 15, 2012. The EB3 category remains current for all other countries of chargeability.

EB3 Other Workers

China’s cutoff date for EB3 other workers advances to October 1, 2014. There is no other movement in this category, with India retaining a June 15, 2012, cutoff date, while all other countries keep a cutoff date of January 1, 2020.

Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category

In April, all countries of chargeability have a cutoff date of September 1, 2018, in the EB4 category.

Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category

There is no movement in the EB5 category. China’s cutoff date for EB5 unreserved (i.e., EB5 immigrant visa numbers not set aside for rural, high unemployment, and infrastructure projects) remains set at July 8, 2015, while India keeps a June 1, 2018 cutoff date. EB5 remains current for all other EB5 categories and countries of chargeability.

Family-Based, Second Preference, A (FB2A)

The FB2A category, which is reserved for spouses and children of lawful permanent residents, retrogresses significantly in April. For Mexico, the FB2A cutoff date is set at November 1, 2018. A September 8, 2020, cutoff date is set for all other countries of chargeability.


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