May 2024 Visa Bulletin

This afternoon, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the May 2024 Visa Bulletin. The employment-based categories show no forward movement from the previous month. 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 remains set at March 1, 2021, while China’s keeps its September 1, 2022, cutoff date. 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 is stuck at April 15, 2012. China’s EB2 cutoff date holds firm at February 1, 2020. The EB2 cutoff date for all other countries remains unchanged at January 15, 2023.

Employment-Based, Third Preference (EB3) Category

For EB3 India, the cutoff date holds fast at August 15, 2012. For China, the EB3 cutoff date is still set at September 1, 2020. The EB3 cutoff date for all other countries of chargeability remains at November 22, 2022.

EB3 Other Workers

In the EB3 other workers category, India’s cutoff date is still August 15, 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 is still October 8, 2020.

Employment-Based, Fourth Preference (EB4) Category

In the EB4 category, the cutoff dates for all countries remains set at November 1, 2020. The only change from the April 2024 Visa Bulletin is that the same date now applies to EB4 for certain religious workers, as the program has once again been extended by Congress.

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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