US Department of State Releases February 2022 Visa Bulletin

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The Dates for Filing Chart for February 2022 saw minimal movement. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services continues to use the “Dates for Filing” chart for employment-based adjustment of status.

The US Department of State has released its February 2022 Visa Bulletin, outlining per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the flow of adjustment of status application and consular immigrant visa application filings and approvals.

WHAT DOES THE FEBRUARY 2022 VISA BULLETIN SAY?

The bulletin includes both a Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart and an Application Final Action Dates chart. The former indicates when intending immigrants may file their applications for adjustments of status or immigrant visas, and the latter indicates when adjustment of status applications or immigrant visa applications may be approved and permanent residence granted.

Each month, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) chooses which chart it will follow. For February 2022, the USCIS will follow the Dates for Filing chart for employment-based (EB) filings for adjustment of status. This means that individuals seeking to file applications for adjustment of status with the USCIS in February 2022 must use the Dates for Filing chart below.

DATES FOR FILING CUTOFF DATES

To be eligible to file an EB adjustment application in February 2022, a foreign national must have a priority date that is earlier than the date listed below for their preference category and country. The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date that is earlier than the listed date may file their applications.

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Employment-
based

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed

China –
mainland
born

El Salvador,
Guatemala,
Honduras

India

Mexico

Philippines

1st

C

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

01APR19

C

01SEP13 ( was 08JUL13)

C

C

3rd

C

01APR18

C

22JAN12

C

C

Other Workers

C

01JUN15 (was 01MAY15)

C

22JAN12

C

C

4th

C

C

15MAY19

C

C

C

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COMMENTS

The USCIS is again using the Dates for Filing Cutoff Dates chart in February 2022, and, as anticipated, all EB-1 priority date cutoffs remain Current for February 2022. EB-2 China cutoff dates remain April 1, 2019, and EB-2 India cutoff dates will advance by nearly two months, to September 1, 2013. EB-3 “Other Workers” China cutoff dates will also advance by one month, to Jun 15, 2015.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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