March 2024 Visa Bulletin

This evening, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the March 2024 Visa Bulletin. As expected, there is not much movement in most of the employment-based categories. 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

EB1 India’s cutoff date advances to October 1, 2020. Meanwhile, the cutoff date for EB1 China moves up to July 15, 2022. The EB1 category remains current for all other countries of chargeability.

Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2) Category

In the EB2 category, India’s cutoff date stands still at March 1, 2012. Similarly, China’s cutoff remains set at January 1, 2020. The EB2 cutoff date for all other countries moves ahead to November 22, 2022.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category

As with the EB2 category, there is no movement in the EB3 category for India or China. For EB3 India, the cutoff date remains set at July 1, 2012. For China, the EB3 cutoff date is stuck at September 1, 2020. The EB3 cutoff date for all other countries of chargeability moves ahead to September 8, 2022.

EB3 Other Workers

In the EB3 other workers category, India’s cutoff date remains set at July 1, 2012. For China, the cutoff date remains unchanged at January 1, 2017. The EB3 other workers cutoff date for Philippines is still locked at May 1, 2020. For all other countries of chargeability, the cutoff date moves forward to September 8, 2020.

Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category

In the EB4 category, the cutoff dates for all countries advance to December 1, 2019.

Employment-Based, Fifth Preference (EB5) Category

In the EB5 category, China’s unreserved (i.e., EB5 immigrant visa numbers not set aside for rural, high unemployment, and infrastructure projects) cutoff date remains set at December 15, 2015. India’s unreserved cutoff also remains unchanged at December 1, 2020. EB5 remains current for all other EB5 categories and countries of chargeability.


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