By Chris Musillo

The Department of State has just issued October 2021 Visa Bulletin. This is the first Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2022. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.

Visa Bulletin

Table A: Final Action Dates -- Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card) or Immigrant Visa appointment.

EB All Other CHINA INDIA PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C
2nd C 1-Jul-18 1-Sep-11 C
3rd C 8-Jan-19 1-Jan-14 C

Table B: Dates of Filing
The USCIS will be using the Table B chart for I-485 employment-based filings. See: USCIS Visa Bulletin Dates

MU Law Analysis
The DOS’ comments at the end of this Visa Bulletin confounds. They predict that the DOS will enact priority date cut-offs (retrogression) with the November Visa Bulletin. Most prior DOS predictions did not call for a retrogression.

It remains to be seen if this prediction holds true, and if it does, how long it lasts. It seems certain that there are many numbers available. This could be the DOS trying to slow inquiries by being able to point to the retrogression.