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June 2022 Visa Bulletin – Significant Forward Movement for EB-2 India and Significant Retrogression within Other Workers Category

20 May

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for June 2022, revealing no movement on both the “Dates for Filing” and “Final Action Dates” charts for most categories, significant forward movement in the EB-2 category for individuals born in India, significant retrogression in the “Other Workers” categories for most countries of birth, and continuing categorical revision (but little movement) in the EB-5 category.
 
The June Visa Bulletin reveals no forward movement in the Dates for Filing and Final Action Dates under the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for individuals born in China (PRC). While the Date for Filing for the EB-2 category for individuals born in India saw no movement, the Final Action Date moved forward significantly by one full year.
 
Dates for Filing and Final Action Dates remain current in the EB-1 category for all countries of birth.
 
The other significant movement in the June Visa Bulletin is the three-year retrogression in the Other Workers category for all countries of birth except China and India. There was no movement in the Other Workers category for China and India.
 
In our update regarding the May Visa Bulletin, we noted the addition of entirely new categories within the overall EB-5 category. We continue to await clarifying guidance from the DOS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but in the meantime, we note that where there were two separate “Unreserved” EB-5 categories (one for C5, T5, and “all others” and another for I5 and R5), there is now only one Unreserved EB-5 category for C5, T5, I5, and R5. This combined category moved forward by one week from the Date for Filing that was indicated for the 5th Unreserved (I5 and R5) for China in May. All EB-5 categories are current on the Dates for Filing and Final Action Dates for all countries of birth except China.
 
USCIS has confirmed on its website that beneficiaries of employment-based immigrant petitions should use the Final Action Dates to determine eligibility to file adjustment of status (“green card”) applications.

Please review the chart here for the changes shown in the June 2022 Visa Bulletin relative to the May 2022 Visa Bulletin.

Foster LLP will continue to track immigrant visa availability and provide updates about any developments via Immigration Updates©, articles, and blogs on our website at www.fosterglobal.com.