US Department of State Publishes the September 2022 Visa Bulletin: No Major Movement in the Dates

Posted by Nishu Sharma | Aug 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of State on August 08, 2022, released the visa bulletin for the upcoming month of September 2022. In the latest visa bulletin, the Final Action Dates and the Dates of Filing for Employment Based Preference Cases remained the same as that of August 2022 visa bulletin.

Also, Per USCIS and the Department of State, there has been a steady increase in both USCIS and Department of State demand patterns for employment-based visas during the fiscal year. As a result, most employment-based preference category limits and/or the overall employment-based preference limit for FY 2022 are expected to be reached during September. If an annual limit were reached at any time, it would be necessary to make the preference category “unavailable immediately,” and no further requests for numbers would be honored. Accordingly, the government is trying to use all the available employment-based visas for this fiscal year.

1.   Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases

For all employment-based preference categories, one must use the Final Action Dates for Filing Chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for September 2022. (**Per USCIS)

Employment-
based

All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland 
born

EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

C

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

01APR19

C

01DEC14

C

C

3rd

C

22APR18

C

15FEB12

C

C

Other Workers

08MAY19

01JUN12

08MAY19

15FEB12

08MAY19

08MAY19

4th

C

C

08NOV17

C

01APR20

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

08NOV17

C

01APR20

C

5th Unreserved
(including C5, T5, I5, R5)

C

22DEC15

C

C

C

C

5th Set Aside:
Rural (20%)

C

C

C

C

C

C

5th Set Aside:
High Unemployment (10%)

C

C

C

C

C

C

5th Set Aside:
Infrastructure (2%)

C

C

C

C

C

C

C – Means Current.

Please note, there are following Employment Based Green Card Categories:

First:  Priority Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second:  Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability:  28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.

Third:  Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers:  28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to "*Other Workers".

Fourth:  Certain Special Immigrants:  7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth:  Employment Creation:  7.1% of the worldwide level, of which 32% are reserved as follows: 20% reserved for qualified immigrants who invest in a rural area; 10% reserved for qualified immigrants who invest in a high unemployment area; and 2% reserved for qualified immigrants who invest in infrastructure projects. The remaining 68% are unreserved and are allotted for all other qualified immigrants.

2.   Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored Preference Cases:

For all family-sponsored preference categories, one must use the Dates for Filing Chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for September 2022. (**Per USCIS)

Family-
Sponsored 

All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-mainland 
born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES 

F1

01DEC14

01DEC14

01DEC14

15MAR00

01MAR12

F2A

C

C

C

22APR19

C

F2B

22SEP15

22SEP15

22SEP15

01APR01

22OCT11

F3

22NOV08

22NOV08

22NOV08

15OCT97

08JUN02

F4

22MAR07

22MAR07

15SEP05

01JUN00

22AUG02

Please note, there are following Family Based Categories:

First: (F1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents:  114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, plus any unused first preference numbers:

  1. (F2A) Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents:  77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;
  2. (F2B) Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents:  23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: (F3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens:  23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: (F4) Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens:  65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

3.   Dates for Filing Family-Sponsored Visa Applications:

Family-
Sponsored 

All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland 
born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES 

F1

08AUG16

08AUG16

08AUG16

01DEC01

22APR15

F2A

C

C

C

C

C

F2B

01JAN17

01JAN17

01JAN17

08AUG01

01OCT13

F3

08NOV09

08NOV09

08NOV09

15APR01

08NOV03

F4

15DEC07

15DEC07

22FEB06

15MAR01

22APR04

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