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October 2023 Visa Bulletin Released With an Estimated 165,000 Employment-Based Visa Numbers for FY 2024 Available
Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The October 2023 Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State and shows some encouraging movement forward from last month, with the exception of the filing date for EB-3 worldwide, which will retrogress four months. This month’s bulletin is the first for the 2024 fiscal year, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed that it will accept adjustment of status applications filed pursuant to the Dates for Filing chart (see below) for employment-based preference categories. Additionally, USCIS released updated guidance in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on September 15, 2023, confirming that there will be an estimated 165,000 employment-based visa numbers available for allocation in fiscal year (FY) 2024, which ends on September 30, 2024.

Quick Hits

  • October 2023 Visa Bulletin shows progression across the majority of employment-based categories.

  • USCIS will utilize the Dates for Filing chart for the month of October.

  • USCIS states that there will be an estimated 165,000 employment-based visa numbers available for allocation in fiscal year 2024.

Dates for Filing Chart Analysis

USCIS has confirmed that it will accept Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, from foreign nationals with a priority date that is earlier than the dates for filing listed in the October 2023 Visa Bulletin. The following salient points from the Dates for Filing chart are worth noting:

  • EB-2 filing date for India has seen nominal movement in the form of fourteen days to May 15, 2012; EB-3 India remains unchanged at August 1, 2012.

  • EB-2 and EB-3 filing dates for China have progressed, with EB-2 China advancing nearly three months to January 1, 2020, and EB-3 China advancing nearly one year to September 1, 2020.

Employment-
based

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland
born

INDIA

MEXICO 

PHILIPPINES 

1st

C

01AUG22

01JUL19

C

C

2nd

01JAN23

01JAN20

15MAY12

01JAN23

01JAN23

3rd

01FEB23

01SEP20

01AUG12

01FEB23

01JAN23

Other Workers

15DEC20

01JUN17

01AUG12

15DEC20

15MAY20

Source: U.S. Department of State, October 2023 Visa Bulletin

Final Action Chart Analysis

The availability of new visa numbers for the 2024 fiscal year resulted in advancement in final action dates across the majority of employment-based categories. Note that an adjustment of status or immigrant visa applicant’s priority date must be prior to the date listed on the Final Action chart in order for an immigrant visa or green card to be issued.

  • The EB-1 worldwide final action date is current, whereas EB-1 India has advanced to January 1, 2017, from the September final action date of January 1, 2012.

  • EB-2 worldwide has ticked forward seven days to July 8, 2022, and EB-3 worldwide has advanced eighteen months to December 1, 2021.

  • EB-2 and EB-3 final action dates for India have advanced—EB-2 India has seen forward movement of one year to January 1, 2012, and EB-3 India has advanced more than three years to May 1, 2012.

  • The EB-2 final action date for China has advanced nearly three months to October 1, 2019, and the EB-3 China has moved forward four months to January 1, 2020.

Employment-
based

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland
born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

C

15FEB22

01JAN17

C

C

2nd

08JUL22

01OCT19

01JAN12

08JUL22

08JUL22

3rd

01DEC21

01JAN20

01MAY12

01DEC21

01DEC21

Other Workers

01AUG20

01JAN16

01MAY12

01AUG20

01MAY20

Source: U.S. Department of State, October 2023 Visa Bulletin

Ogletree Deakins’ Immigration Practice Group will continue to monitor developments and provide updates on the Immigration blog as additional information becomes available.

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