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All About the June 2022 Visa Bulletin, What to Expect, and More! — Visa Lawyer Blog — May 12, 2022

In this blog post, we cover the release of the June Visa Bulletin 2022 and what you can expect for employment based and family preference categories during the upcoming month of June.

The Department of State releases the visa bulletin on a monthly basis, which summarizes the availability of immigrant visa numbers for that particular month. The “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” charts indicate when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit the required documentation to the National Visa Center.


Adjustment of Status Filing Chart June 2022


USCIS has not yet released the status filing chart adjustment for the June Visa Bulletin, but it should be available soon on the following webpage:

In this chart, USCIS will define the cutoff dates for acceptance of adjustment of status applications next month (whether adjustment of status applications will be accepted based on the Final Action dates chart, or the Dates for Filing chart).


June 2022 Visa Bulletin Final Action Cutoff Dates


Employment-Based Categories


FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES


According to the Department of State’s June 2022 Visa Bulletin, the following final cutoff dates will apply for the issuance of an immigrant visa for employment-based categories:

  • EB-1: All countries, including India and China, will remain current.
  • EB-2: India will advance by one year, to September 1, 2014, and China will remain at March 1, 2019. All other countries will remain current.
  • EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers: EB-3 India and EB-3 China will remain unchanged from the previous month, at January 15, 2012 and March 22, 2018, respectively. All other countries will remain current.
  • EB3 Other Workers: For this category, the Department of State has established a worldwide cutoff date of May 8, 2019, to avoid exceeding the annual numerical limits. EB-3 India and China will remain unchanged at January 15, 2012 and June 1, 2012, respectively.
  • EB-5: The Department of State has taken corrective action by establishing a Final Action cutoff date of November 22, 2015, for the EB-5 China Unreserved Non-Regional Center (C5 and T5) categories. It will also apply to EB-5 Unreserved Regional Center (I5 and R5) case types. EB-5 Final Action dates will remain current for all countries and for all EB-5 “Set-Aside” categories (Rural, High Unemployment, and Infrastructure).
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 01MAR19 C 01SEP14 C C
3rd C 22MAR18 C 15JAN12 C C
Other Workers 08MAY19 01JUN12 08MAY19 15JAN12 08MAY19 08MAY19
4th C C 01MAY17 C 01APR20 C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01MAY17 C 01APR20 C
5th Unreserved
(including C5, T5, I5, R5)
C 22NOV15 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

FILING DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES


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 01APR18 C 22JAN12 C C
Other Workers C 01AUG15 C 22JAN12 C C
4th C C 15JUN17 C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 15JUN17 C C 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

Family-Sponsored Categories


According to the Department of State’s June 2022 Visa Bulletinthe following final action cutoff dates will apply for the issuance of an immigrant visa for family-sponsored categories:

Family-
Sponsored
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 01DEC14 01DEC14 01DEC14 01FEB00 01MAR12
F2A C C C C C
F2B 22SEP15 22SEP15 22SEP15 01FEB01 22OCT11
F3 22NOV08 22NOV08 22NOV08 15SEP97 08JUN02
F4 22MAR07 22MAR07 15SEP05 01MAR00 22AUG02
  • F1 China: December 1, 2014
  • F1 India: December 1, 2014
  • F1 Mexico: February 1, 2000
  • F1 Philippines: March 1, 2012
  • F1 World: December 1, 2014
  • F2A: Current for all categories
  • F2B China: September 22, 2015
  • F2B India: September 22, 2015
  • F2B Mexico: February 1, 2001
  • F2B Philippines: October 22, 2011
  • F2B World: September 22, 2015
  • F3 China: November 22, 2008
  • F3 India: November 22, 2008
  • F3 Mexico: September 15, 1997
  • F3 Philippines: June 08, 2002
  • F3 World: November 22, 2008
  • F4 China: March 22, 2007
  • F4 India: September 15, 2005
  • F4 Mexico: March 1, 2000
  • F4 Philippines: August 22, 2002
  • F4 Other World: March 22, 2007

FILING DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES


Family-
Sponsored
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 15MAY16 15MAY16 15MAY16 01MAY01 22APR15
F2A C C C C C
F2B 22SEP16 22SEP16 22SEP16 01MAY01 01OCT13
F3 22AUG09 22AUG09 22AUG09 01MAR01 08NOV03
F4 01OCT07 01OCT07 22FEB06 01MAR01 22APR04
  • F1 China: May 15, 2016
  • F1 India: May 15, 2016
  • F1 Mexico: May 1, 2001
  • F1 Philippines: April 22, 2015
  • F1 World: May 15, 2016
  • F2A: Current for all categories
  • F2B China, India, World: September 22, 2016
  • F2B Mexico: May 01, 2001
  • F2B Philippines: October 1, 2013
  • F3 China, India, World: August 22, 2009
  • F3 Mexico: March 1, 2001
  • F3 Philippines: November 8, 2003
  • F4 China: October 1, 2007
  • F4 India: February 22, 2006
  • F4 Mexico: March 01, 2001
  • F4 Philippines: April 22, 2004
  • F4 World: October 1, 2007

Impact of President Biden’s Rescission of Proclamation 10014 on the Issuance of Immigrant Visas


In February of this year, President Biden made the decision to rescind Presidential Proclamation 10014 and lift the temporary suspension on the issuance of visas for most immigrant and nonimmigrant visa categories, however the operational capacity at US Embassies and Consulates worldwide remains limited due to COVID- 19 safety concerns.

The Department of State has said that while some Embassies are prioritizing immigrant visa scheduling for spouses of US Citizens, public health and safety concerns remain paramount. Moreover, US Embassies and Consulates are facing substantial backlogs due to the suspension of most visa operations.

Applicants who were previously subject to the immigrant visa ban under Proclamation 10014 may continue with pre-processing of their applications, however their cases will not be scheduled for an interview until Embassies and Consulates return to routine operational capacity. This will likely take time therefore applicants should expect long delays. Those who were previously refused under the Immigrant Visa ban must wait for further instruction from the US Consulate handling their application.


The Takeaway


For the month of June, the major takeaways are that EB-2 India has advanced by a full year to September 1, 2014, while a Final Action Date was established for the EB-5 China Unreserved Non-Regional Center, impacting categories C5 and T5 which will be subject to the Final Action Date of November 22, 2015. A Date of Filing has also been established of December 15, 2015.

On the family-based side, little to no movement has been seen in most categories, considering that Consulates continue to grapple with the ongoing visa backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As always we will continue to monitor the Visa Bulletin and report on any changes that may impact you.


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