June 2023 Visa Bulletin – Like March, No Movement in All but Three Categories
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for June 2023 revealing movement in only three of the commonly-used categories.
Dates for Filing and Final Action Dates remain current in the EB-1 category for all countries of birth except China and India, which continue to show the backlogs that appeared in the January 2023 Visa Bulletin. In the EB-2 and EB-3 categories, there was no movement in either Dates for Filing or Final Action Dates for all countries of birth. In the “Other Workers” category, there was moderate forward movement in the Final Action Date and Date for Filing for individuals born in China (PRC). All other Dates for Filing and Final Action Dates in the “Other Workers” category remained unchanged.
The EB-5 Unreserved category continues to show backlogs in the Dates for Filing and Final Action Dates for individuals born in China and India. The Final Action Date for EB-5 Unreserved for India retrogressed significantly by over a year. All other EB-5 categories and countries of birth are current on both the Dates for Filing and Final Action Dates.
USCIS has yet to confirm on its website whether beneficiaries of employment-based immigrant petitions should use the Final Action Dates or Dates of Filing to determine eligibility to file adjustment of status (“green card”) applications. The May 2023 Visa Bulletin utilized the final action dates.
The chart below indicates the changes in the June 2023 Visa Bulletin relative to the May 2023 Visa Bulletin:
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