NEWS

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

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the May 2024 Visa Bulletin providing the immigrant visa number availability to file for and obtain legal permanent residency (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 based on their priority date (place in line).  A foreign national who is eligible to file for the green card in the month noted in the Visa Bulletin chart should file that month, since the visa numbers can slide backwards (retrogress) in successive months, making the foreign national ineligible until the visa number becomes available again.

Please see below for the relevant Visa Bulletin charts.

Applicants for adjustment of status who have a priority date earlier than the date in Visa Bulletin chart used by USCIS may file their Forms I-485.  Each month, USCIS releases information on which chart it will use – the final action dates or the filing dates chart.  The Form I-485 provides lawful status in the US for those who are eligible to adjust.

Employment-based green card adjustment of status applicants (Form I-485), must use the Final Action dates chart from DOS’s May 2024 Visa Bulletin to determine if their priority date is current for filing the Form I-485 application to adjust statusFor family-based green card adjustment of status cases, USCIS announced that for May 2024 applicants in all family-sponsored preference categories must use the Dates for Filing chart.

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 that is earlier than the listed date may file their application.

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. The “U” listing indicates that the numbers for that category are not authorized for issuance.

FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS APPLICATIONS

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 01SEP22 01MAR21 C C
2nd 15JAN23 01FEB20 15APR12 15JAN23 15JAN23
3rd 22NOV22 01SEP20 15AUG12 22NOV22 22NOV22
Other Workers 08OCT20 01JAN17 15AUG12 08OCT20 01MAY20
4th 01NOV20 01NOV20 01NOV20 01NOV20 01NOV20
Certain Religious Workers 01NOV20 01NOV20 01NOV20 01NOV20 01NOV20

 

 

DATES FOR FILING FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS APPLICATIONS

 

Family-Sponsored All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO  PHILIPPINES 
F1 01SEP17 01SEP17 01SEP17 01APR05 2APR15
F2A 01SEP23 01SEP23 01SEP23 01SEP23 01SEP23
F2B 01JAN17 01JAN17 01JAN17 01AUG04 01OCT13
F3 01MAR10 01MAR10 01MAR10 15JUN01 08NOV03
F4 01MAR08 01MAR08 08APR06 15APR01 22APR05