Visa Bulletin February 2022

Scroll down this page to see the latest Visa Bulletin Final Action Dates and Filing Dates Charts.

The State Department Visa Bulletin February 2022 shows backlogs in getting green cards in both the family and the employment-based categories. The time that it will take you to get a green card depends on the category of your petition and your country of birth. The Visa Bulletin is updated on a monthly basis.

How rapidly will your priority date in the Visa Bulletin advance or retrogress in the coming months? The new visa bulletin predictions are available now. You can click on the link to the Visa Bulletin Predictions by the State Department.

USCIS announced that, for February 2022, F2A applicants may file using the Final Action Dates chart in the February 2022 Visa Bulletin. Applicants in all other family-sponsored preference categories must use the Dates for Filing chart. EB-5 applications based on the Regional Center Program will not be accepted until the program is reauthorized. All other employment-based preference categories must file using the Dates for Filing chart.

 

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EB-1: All countries will remain current.
EB-2: EB2 India will more forward by almost 6 months to January 1, 2013. EB2 China will advance by more than 5 weeks to March 1, 2019. All other countries will remain current.
EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers: EB3 India and EB3 China will remain frozen at January 15, 2012 and March 22, 2018. All other countries will remain current.
EB-5: The Non-Regional Center program will remain current for all countries. The Regional Center program expired in June 2021. It is listed as unavailable in the February 2022 Visa Bulletin Final Action Date chart. Should it be reauthorized, the Regional Center category will also be current for final action for all countries except EB5 China, which would have a November 22, 2015 final action date.

State Department Visa Bulletin February 2022

EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES

Visa Bulletin The employment-based (EB) categories in the Visa Bulletin are as follows:

An applicant’s priority date is the day that the government receives the employer’s PERM application. If a PERM application is not required, the priority date is the date the government receives an EB visa petition (Form I-140 or Form I-526).

Watch our EB videos to see various methods of shortening your waiting time for a green card.

State Department Visa Bulletin February 2022

EMPLOYMENT-BASED FINAL ACTION DATES

 

 

Category World China El Salvador,
Guatemala,
Honduras
India Mexico Philippines
1st Current Current Current Current Current Current
2nd Current 3-01-19 Current 1-01-13 Current Current
3rd Current 3-22-18 Current 1-15-12 Current Current
Unskilled Current 4-01-12 Current 1-15-12 Current Current
4th Current Current 3-15-19 Current 4-01-20 Current
5th Current Current Current Current Current Current

The EB-5 Regional Center program expired on June 30, 2021.

State Department Visa Bulletin February 2022

EMPLOYMENT-BASED FILING DATE CHART

 

Category World China El Salvador,
Guatemala,
Honduras
India Mexico Philippines
1st Current Current Current Current Current Current
2nd Current 4-01-19 Current 9-01-13 Current Current
3rd Current 4-01-18 Current 1-22-12 Current Current
Unskilled Current 6-01-15 Current 1-22-12 Current Current
4th Current Current 5-15-19 Current Current Current
5th Current Current Current Current Current Current

The EB-5 Regional Center program expired on June 30, 2021.

State Department Visa Bulletin February 2022

FAMILY CATEGORIES

Visa Bulletin The family-based categories in the visa bulletin are as follows:

An applicant’s priority date is the day that the government receives the I-130 Petition. Watch our family-based video to see various methods of shortening your waiting time for a green card.

The word “Current” in the Visa Bulletin indicates that no backlog presently exists in a particular category. Alternately, “U” or the word “Unavailable” indicates that it is not possible to apply for permanent residence in that category.

 

State Department Visa Bulletin February 2022

FAMILY-BASED FINAL ACTION DATES

Category World China India Mexico Philippines
1st 12-01-14 12-01-14 12-01-14 9-08-99 3-01-12
2A Current Current Current Current Current
2B 9-22-15 9-22-15 9-22-15 9-01-00 10-22-11
3rd 11-22-08 11-22-08 11-22-08 9-15-97 6-08-02
4th 3-22-07 3-22-07 9-15-05 4-22-99 8-22-02

B. FAMILY-SPONSORED FILING DATE CHART – The chart below reflects dates for filing visa applications within a time frame justifying immediate action in the application process. Applicants for immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the application date in the chart may assemble and submit required documents to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, following receipt of notification from the National Visa Center containing detailed instructions.

The application date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa.

State Department Visa Bulletin February 2022

FAMILY-BASED FILING DATE CHART

 

Category World China India Mexico Philippines
1st 5-15-16 5-15-16 5-15-16 2-01-01 4-22-15
2A 10-01-21 10-01-21 10-01-21 10-01-21 10-01-21
2B 9-22-16 9-22-16 9-22-16 3-01-01 10-01-13
3rd 8-22-09 8-22-09 8-22-09 10-08-00 10-01-03
4th 10-01-07 10-01-07 1-01-06 8-22-99 2-01-04

 

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