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Visa Bulletin for March 2024 Released for Filing for the Green Card

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the March 2024 Visa Bulletin providing the dates that the visa number becomes available to file for and obtain legal permanent residency (also known as immigrant or “green card” status).

For those interested in holding green card status, it is very important to check the Visa Bulletin each month to learn if a visa number is available to apply for a green card.  A foreign national who is eligible to file to adjust status to legal permanent residency for the green card in the month noted in the Visa Bulletin chart should file that month.  This is because the visa numbers can slide backwards (retrogress) in successive months, making the foreign national ineligible until the visa number becomes available again.

Also, USCIS announced that Form I-485 applicants for adjustment of status to legal permanent residency (“green card” status) must use the Final Action dates chart from DOS’s March 2024 Visa Bulletin to determine eligibility for filing. In prior months, USCIS had allowed filers to use the Dates of Filing chart.

Applicants for adjustment of status who have a priority date earlier than the date in the ‘Final Action Dates for Employment-based Preference Cases’ chart may file their Forms I-485.  Applicants whose priority date for a visa number is currently available in February 2024 should file their Form I-485 by the end of February 2024. The Form I-485 provides lawful status in the US for those who are eligible to adjust.

For family-based green card adjustment of status cases, USCIS announced that for March 2024 applicants in all family-sponsored preference categories must use the Dates for Filing chart.

Applicants for immigrant visas at U.S. consulates abroad may use the ‘Dates for Filing of Employment-based Visa Applications’ chart.

In the charts below, the “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date. For family-based cases, the priority date is the date that the Form I-130 was filed for the alien relative.  For employment-based cases, the priority date is the date that the PERM labor certification, or if not required, the Form I-140 was filed.  The listing of a date for any category indicates that only applicants with a priority date which is earlier than the listed date may file their application.

 

FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

Numbers are authorized for issuance only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the final action date listed below.

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C 15JUL22 01OCT20 C C
2nd 22NOV22 01JAN20 01MAR12 22NOV22 22NOV22
3rd 08SEP22 01SEP20 01JUL12 08SEP22 08SEP22
Other Workers 08SEP20 01JAN17 01JUL12 08SEP20 01MAY20
4th 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19
Certain Religious Workers 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19

 

DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

 

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO  PHILIPPINES 
1st C 01JAN23 01JAN21 C C
2nd 15FEB23 01JUN20 15MAY12 15FEB23 15FEB23
3rd 01FEB23 01JUL21 01AUG12 01FEB23 01JAN23
Other Workers 15DEC20 01JUN17 01AUG12 15DEC20 15MAY20
4th 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20
Certain Religious Workers 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20