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All About the June 2023 Visa Bulletin — Visa Lawyer Blog — May 17, 2023

In this blog post we share with you the latest trends and projections of the June Visa Bulletinand updates on visa availability for family-sponsored and employment-based preference categories.

To help you prepare for your upcoming immigrant visa or green card filing, we share what you can expect to see in the upcoming month’s visa bulletin.

Here are some of the highlights from the June 2023 Visa Bulletin:


  • For employment-based preference adjustment of status filingsUSCIS will continue to use the Final Action Dates chart, as they did in May.
  • Similarly, for family-sponsored preference adjustment of status filings, USCIS will continue to use the Dates for Filing chart, as they did in May.
  • For the month of June, EB-1 and EB-2 cutoff dates will remain the same for all countries.
  • For EB-3 cutoff dates for all countries and categories will remain the same, with the exception of China “Other Workers,” advancing slightly.
  • Future retrogressions are expected for EB-3 India in the coming months including Professional/Skilled Workers, as well as July 2023.

What is the Visa Bulletin?


The Department of State releases the visa bulletin on a monthly basis, which summarizes the availability of immigrant visa numbers for that particular month in the employment and family preference categories.

To be eligible to file an employment-based adjustment of status application in June 2023, foreign nationals must have priority dates that are earlier than that Final Action Dates chart of the Department of State’s May Visa Bulletin.

Family-sponsored applicants currently residing in the United States, may file for adjustment of status once their priority dates become current, following the Dates for filing chart according to the adjustment of status filing guidance published by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


Adjustment of Status Filing Chart May 2023


For Family-Sponsored Filings:

Pursuant to guidance released by USCIS, for all family-sponsored preference categories, applicants must use the Dates for Filing chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for June 2023.

For Employment-Based Preference Filings:

All applicants, falling under employment-based preference categories, must use the Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for June 2023.


June 2023 Visa Bulletin Dates for Filing Cutoff Dates


Employment-Based Categories


FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES


According to the Department of State’s June 2023 Visa Bulletin, the following Final Action cutoff dates will apply for employment-based categories, which will determine whether an adjustment of status application can be filed with USCIS in June:

  • EB-1: All countries will remain current, except for India and China, which will have a cutoff date of February 1, 2022
  • EB-2: India will remain at January 1, 2011. China will remain at June 8, 2019. All other countries will remain at February 15, 2022
  • EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers: India will remain at June 15, 2012, and China will remain at April 1, 2019. All other countries will remain at June 1, 2022.
  • EB-3 Other Workers: India will remain at June 15, 2012. China will advance to September 1, 2015. All other countries will remain at January 1, 2020.
  • EB-4: All countries will remain at September 1, 2018.
  • EB-5: For the EB-5 Unreserved categories (C5, T5, I5, and R5), China will remain at September 8, 2015, and India will retrogress to April 1, 2017. All other countries will remain current. The EB-5 “Set-Aside” categories (Rural, High Unemployment, and Infrastructure) will remain current.
Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1 st C 01FEB22 01FEB22 C C
2nd 15FEB22 08JUN19 01JAN11 15FEB22 15FEB22
3rd 01JUN22 01APR19 15JUN12 01JUN22 01JUN22
Other Workers 01JAN20 01SEP15 15JUN12 01JAN20 01JAN20
4th 01SEP18 01SEP18 01SEP18 01SEP18 01SEP18
Certain Religious Workers 01SEP18 01SEP18 01SEP18 01SEP18 01SEP18
5th Unreserved
(including C5, T5, I5, R5)
C 08SEP15 01APR17 C C
5th Set Aside:
Rural (20%)
C C C C C
5th Set Aside:
High Unemployment (10%)
C C C C C
5th Set Aside:
Infrastructure (2%)
C C C C C

*EMPLOYMENT-BASED FOURTH PREFERENCE CATEGORY (EB-4)


Beginning with the April 2023 Visa Bulletin, the final action and application filing dates for the Employment-Based Fourth Preference (EB-4) immigrant visa applicants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are now provided in the column headed “All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed.” This means that such countries have now been consolidated in that column. This change affects only EB-4 applicants.


Final Action Dates for June 2023

EB-1

  • China: February 1, 2022
  • India: February 1, 2022
  • All other countries: Current

EB-2

  • China: June 8, 2019
  • India: January 1, 2011
  • All other countries: February 15, 2022

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

  • China: April 1, 2019
  • India: June 15, 2012
  • All other countries: June 1, 2022

EB-3 Other Workers

  • China: September 1, 2015
  • India: June 15, 2012
  • All other countries: January 1, 2020

EB-4

  • All Countries: September 1, 2018

EB-5 Unreserved (Regional Center and Non-Regional Center)

  • China: September 8, 2015
  • India: April 1, 2017
  • All other countries; Current

EB-5 Set-Asides

  • Rural: Current for all countries
  • High Unemployment: Current for all countries
  • Infrastructure: Current for all countries

DATES FOR FILING CHART FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES


Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1 st C 01JUN22 01JUN22 C C
2nd 01DEC22 08JUL19 01MAY12 01DEC22 01DEC22
3rd 01MAY23 01JUN19 01AUG12 01MAY23 01MAY23
Other Workers 01FEB20 01JAN16 01AUG12 01FEB20 01FEB20
4th 01OCT18 01OCT18 01OCT18 01OCT18 01OCT18
Certain Religious Workers 01OCT18 01OCT18 01OCT18 01OCT18 01OCT18
5th Unreserved
(including C5, T5, I5, R5)
C 01JAN16 08DEC19 C C
5th Set Aside:
(Rural – 20%)
C C C C C
5th Set Aside:
(High Unemployment – ​​10%)
C C C C C
5th Set Aside:
(Infrastructure – 2%)
C C C C C

Dates for filing for June 2023

EB-1

  • China: June 1, 2022
  • India: June 1, 2022
  • All other countries: Current

EB-2

  • China: July 8, 2019
  • India: May 1, 2012
  • All other countries: December 1, 2022

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

  • China: June 1, 2019
  • India: August 1, 2012
  • All other countries: May 1, 2023

EB-3 Other Workers

  • China: June 1, 2019
  • India: August 1, 2012
  • All other countries: May 1, 2023

EB-4

  • All countries: October 1, 2018

EB-5 Unreserved (Regional Center and Non-Regional Center)

  • China: January 1, 2016
  • India: December 8, 2019
  • All other countries: Current

EB-5 Set-Asides

  • Rural: Current for all countries
  • High Unemployment: Current for all countries
  • Infrastructure: Current for all countries

Family-Sponsored Categories


DATES FOR FILING FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES


According to the Department of State’s June 2023 Visa Bulletinthe following Dates for Filing cutoff dates will apply for family-sponsored categories, which will determine whether an adjustment of status application can be filed with USCIS in June:

Family-
Sponsored
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 01JAN17 01JAN17 01JAN17 01DEC02 22APR15
F2A C C C C C
F2B 01JAN17 01JAN17 01JAN17 01JAN02 01OCT13
F3 08FEB10 08FEB10 08FEB10 15JUN01 08NOV03
F4 01FEB08 01FEB08 22FEB06 01APR01 22APR04

Dates for filing June 2023

F-1 Unmarried Sons and Daughters of US Citizens

  • China, India, World: January 1, 2017
  • Mexico: December 1, 2002
  • Philippines: April 22, 2015

F-2A Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents

  • Current for all countries

F-2B Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents

  • China, India, World: January 1, 2017
  • Mexico: January 1, 2002
  • Philippines: October 1, 2013

F3 Married Sons and Daughters of US Citizens

  • China, India, World: February 8, 2010
  • Mexico: June 15, 2001
  • Philippines: November 8, 2003

F-4 Brothers and Sisters of Adult US Citizens

  • China, World: February 1, 2008
  • India: February 22, 2006
  • Mexico: April 1, 2001
  • Philippines: April 22, 2004

FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES


Family-
Sponsored
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 15DEC14 15DEC14 15DEC14 01APR01 01MAR12
F2A 08SEP20 08SEP20 08SEP20 01NOV18 08SEP20
F2B 22SEP15 22SEP15 22SEP15 01JUN01 22OCT11
F3 08DEC08 08DEC08 08DEC08 01NOV97 08JUN02
F4 08APR07 08APR07 15SEP05 01AUG00 22AUG02

Final Action Dates June 2023

F-1 Unmarried Sons and Daughters of US Citizens

  • China, India, World: December 1, 2014
  • Mexico: April 1, 2001
  • Philippines: March 1, 2012

F-2A Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents

  • China, India, World: September 8, 2020
  • Mexico: November 1, 2018
  • Philippines: September 8, 2020

F-2B Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents

  • China, India, World: September 22, 2015
  • Mexico: June 1, 2001
  • Philippines: October 22, 2011

F3 Married Sons and Daughters of US Citizens

  • China, India, World: December 8, 2008
  • Mexico: November 1, 1997
  • Philippines: June 8, 2002

F-4 Brothers and Sisters of Adult US Citizens

  • China, World: April 8, 2007
  • India: September 15, 2005
  • Mexico: August 1, 2000
  • Philippines: August 22, 2002

The Takeaway


The June Visa Bulletin showed little movement in the family-sponsored preference categories and employment-based preference categories when compared to the May Visa Bulletin.

The employment-based preference category EB-5 India will go through a major retrogression of more than one year to April 1, 2017, in the month of June. EB-1 and EB-2 cutoff dates remain the same as in May. EB-3 India will likely retrogress in July.

As always, we will continue to monitor the trends and progressions of the Visa Bulletin and report them right here on our blog.


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