By Chris Musillo

The Department of State has recently issued the January 2023 Visa Bulletin. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin. The FY 2023 employment-based immigrant visa limit is 197,000, as compared with 281,507 in FY 2022. These quotas are greater than the usual 140,000 employment-based limit because of spillovers of unused family-based immigrant visas in the prior fiscal year. Slowdowns related to COVID caused the allocation of family-based visas to be short of the limit.

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.

1st C 01FEB22 01FEB22 C
2nd 01NOV22 08JUN19 08OCT11 01NOV22
3rd C 01AUG18 15JUN12 C
Other workers 01JUN20 22JUN13 15JUN12 01JUN20

Table B: Dates of Filing

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

MU Law Analysis

A retrogression has now happened in India EB1 and China EB-1. This reflects a smaller allocation of employment-based immigrant numbers than in the past two years, along with continued high demand in all immigration categories.

All other dates are the same as in the December 2022 Visa Bulletin.

The WW and Philippine EB-3 remain current. We expect these categories to be current through much of the current fiscal year.

EB-3 Other Workers, which is the category for occupations such as Nurse Aides, remains retrogressed but held steady to June 2020 for Philippines and ROW. We do not expect further retrogression in these two categories. We would not be surprised to see some progression in these categories throughout this fiscal year.