December 2022 Visa Bulletin

December 2022 Visa Bulletin was released by the Department of State.

EB2 India Final Action Date retrogressed 6 months to October 8, 2011 versus April 1, 2012 in the November 2022 Visa Bulletin.

EB3 India Final Action Date advanced 2 months to June 15, 2012 versus April 1, 2012 in the November 2022 Visa Bulletin.

Approximately 57,000 family-sponsored visa numbers went unused in FY 2022. Therefore, the estimated employment-based annual limit will be increased to 197,000 for FY 2023.

For EB1 India and China, because of increased demand and number use in the EB1 category, combined with decreased visa number availability for FY 2023, it is anticipated the establishment of final action and application filing dates for India and China in the coming months to hold number use within the maximum allowed under FY 2023 annual limits. Department of State will continually monitor and make any necessary adjustments accordingly.

It has become necessary for the Department of State to establish a worldwide Employment 2nd Preference final action and application filing dates effective in December to hold number use within the maximum allowed under FY 2023 annual limits. Except for China and India, all countries are subject to a final action date of November 1, 2022 and application filing date of December 1, 2022. Department of State will continually monitor and make any necessary adjustments accordingly.

For EB2 India, due to heavy applicant demand and significantly lower visa number availability for FY 2023, corrective action was taken in October 2022 to keep number use within the maximum allowed under FY 2023 annual limits. Higher than expected levels of demand in the EB1 and EB2 categories has materialized this year (FY 2023) and, as a result, fewer additional numbers will be available to India in the EB2 category than originally estimated by the Department of State when the October and November final action and application filing dates were established. Therefore, further corrective action has been necessary to ensure that the limited supply of visa numbers is allocated by priority date in accordance with INA 203(e). Department of State will continually monitor and make any necessary adjustments accordingly.