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Navigating the January 2024 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin, a monthly publication, plays a crucial role in determining the next steps for sponsored foreign nationals seeking green cards. It serves as a guide for when these individuals can submit the final step of their green card application process or, for those with pending applications, when their cases can be reviewed.

Here is a concise overview of the key highlights from the January 2024 Visa Bulletin, showcasing the Final Action Dates and notable changes compared to the previous month:

India:

  • EB-1 category experiences a significant leap of 3 years and 8 months, advancing to September 1, 2020.
  • Other categories see more modest gains: EB-2 progresses 2 months to March 1, 2012, while EB-3 and EB-3 Other Workers inch forward by 1 month, now set at June 1, 2012.

China:

  • In the EB-1 category, there is a notable advancement of 4.5 months, moving to July 1, 2022.
  • EB-2 progresses by 2 months and 10 days, landing at January 1, 2020, while EB-3 makes significant progress, moving ahead by 7 months and 10 days to September 1, 2020.
  • The EB-3 Other Workers category sees the most substantial improvement, jumping a full year to January 1, 2017.

All Other Countries:

  • EB-1 remains current, with no retrogression.
  • EB-2 advances by 3.5 months, now set at November 1, 2022.
  • EB-3 makes an 8-month leap to August 1, 2022.
  • EB-3 Other Workers category progresses by 1 month to September 1, 2020.

In January, USCIS will accept I-485 applications based on the Department of State’s more favorable “Dates for Filing” chart. This chart allows for an additional filing window of 2 to 10 months, depending on nationality and category. Here’s a breakdown of the additional filing time for various categories:

For Chinese nationals:

  • EB-1: Gain 6 months
  • EB-2: Gain 6 months
  • EB-3: Gain 10 months
  • EB-3 Other Workers: Gain 5 months

For Indian nationals:

  • EB-1: Gain 4 months
  • EB-2: Gain 2.5 months
  • EB-3: Gain 2 months
  • EB-3 Other Workers: Gain 2 months

For nationals from all other countries:

  • EB-2: Gain 3.5 months
  • EB-3: Gain 6 months
  • EB-3 Other Workers: Gain 3.5 months

These improvements in the January 2024 Visa Bulletin bring positive news for green card applicants, offering more favorable timelines and opportunities to advance in their immigration journey.

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