By Chris Musillo

The Department of State recently issued the April 2023 Visa Bulletin. 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.

1st C 01FEB22 01FEB22 C
2nd 01JUL22 08JUN19 01JAN11 01JUL22
3rd C 01NOV18 15JUN12 C
Other workers 01JAN20 01OCT14 15JUN12 01JAN20

Table B: Dates of Filing

The USCIS will be using Table A: Final Action Dates chart for I-485 employment-based filings. A beneficiary must be current on the above Table A chart in order to file their I-485, Adjustment of Status applications. See: USCIS Visa Bulletin Dates

MU Law Analysis

This month again there was good news and bad news for the retrogressed EB-2 and EB-3 categories.

There was a retrogression in all categories of EB-2 except China due to high demand. Philippine and ROW retrogressed by four months whereas India unexpectedly retrogressed by nine months.

The news remains positive for Philippine and Worldwide EB-3, where dates held at Current. China EB-3 progressed three months, which was unexpected, good news.

Increased demand in the Employment Third category may necessitate the establishment of a worldwide final action date (including Mexico and Philippines) in the coming months. This means that all EB-3 categories are expected to retrogress by the end of the fiscal year.

EB-3 Other Workers, which is the category for occupations such as Nurse Aides, remains retrogressed but held steady to January 2020 for Philippine and ROW