The Department of State has just issued the December 2023 Visa Bulletin, which is the third of the 2024 US fiscal year. 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.

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
1st C 15FEB22 01JAN17 C C
2nd 15JUL22 22OCT19 01JAN12 15JUL22 15JUL22
3rd 01DEC21 22JAN20 01MAY12 01DEC21 01DEC21

Table B: Dates of Filing

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

MU Law Analysis

This was an uneventful Visa Bulletin. EB-2 and EB-3 Final Action Dates for China each advanced three weeks to October 22, 2019 (EB-2) and January 22, 2020 (EB-3). The Final Action Dates for all remaining employment-based categories remain as they were in November.

As we said last month, MU Law believes that the State Department is acting conservatively, which while frustrating, may prove to ratchet down the anxiety around the monthly chart, and provide a better measure of processing times for those involved. While no one likes a nearly two-year EB-3 retrogression for non-India and China, it may prove to be a stable set of dates. We do expect these categories to slowly progress throughout the fiscal year pushing into 2022, and perhaps even into 2023.