Visa Bulletin March 2024 Chart Update

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The U.S. Department of State released the March 2024 Visa Bulletin. You can find the availability of immigrant numbers for March from this release. This update presents the final action & filing dates for family and employment-based categories. It notifies the immigrant visa applicants when to submit the documents to the National Visa Center (NVC).

Visa Bulletin Summary March 2024

      • There is no change in dates for filing family-based application dates when compared to February 2024.
      • EB-1 priority dates for China move up by two weeks to July 15, 2022, and for India by four weeks to October 1, 2020. All other countries remain unchanged, with priority dates staying current.
      • EB-2 priority dates for China and India remain unchanged. The rest of the world progresses by one week to November 22, 2022.
      • EB-3 priority dates for China and India remain static. The rest of the world advances by one week to September 8, 2022.
      • EB-4 priority dates for all countries leap forward by over six months to December 1, 2019.
      • EB-5 priority dates for China and India stay unchanged, while the rest of the world remains current.

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    When to File Adjustment of Status Application

    Every month U.S. Department of State releases two charts with “Final Action Dates” and “Dates For Filing”. USCIS decides what chart the applicants should refer to and file their applications. For March 2024, Family-Sponsored applicants should use the “Dates for Filing” chart and  Employment-sponsored applicants should use the “Final Action Dates” chart.

    If you find

      • “C” on the chart is the current date and the numbers are authorized for issuance to all qualified applicants.
      • “U” means unauthorized, the numbers mentioned are not authorized for issuance.

    Below you can find the detailed chart with dates for individual categories.

    Family-Sponsored Preferences

    Final Action Dates for Family-Sponsored Applications (March 2024)

    Family-Sponsored Categories CHINA (Mainland Born) INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES Other Chargeability countries Except for Listed
    F1 08FEB15 08FEB15 01MAY01 01MAR12 08FEB15
    F2A 22JUN20 22JUN20 15JUN20 22JUN20 22JUN20
    F2B 22NOV15 22NOV15 22OCT03 22OCT11 22NOV15
    F3 01OCT09 01OCT09 08SEP98 08JUN02 01OCT09
    F4 08JUN07 15DEC05 15OCT00 15JUN03 08JUN07

    Dates For Filing Family-Sponsored Applications (March 2024)

    Family-Sponsored Categories CHINA (Mainland Born) INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES Other Chargeability countries Except for Listed
    F1 01SEP17 01SEP17 01APR05 22APR15 01SEP17
    F2A 01SEP23 01SEP23 01SEP23 01SEP23 01SEP23
    F2B 01JAN17 01JAN17 01AUG04 01OCT13 01JAN17
    F3 01MAR10 01MAR10 15JUN01 08NOV03 01MAR10
    F4 01MAR08 22FEB06 15APR01 22APR04 01MAR08

    Employment-Based Preferences

    Final Action Dates For Employment-Based Applications

    (March 2024)

    Employment-Based Categories CHINA (Mainland Born) INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES Other Chargeability countries Except for Listed
    1st 15JUL22 01OCT20 C C C
    2nd 01JAN20 01MAR12 22NOV22 22NOV22 22NOV22
    3rd 01SEP20 01JUN12 08SEP22 08SEP22 08SEP22
    Other Workers 01JAN17 01JUN12 08SEP20 01MAY20 08SEP20
    4th 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19
    Certain Religious Workers 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19
    5th Unreserved
    (including C5, T5, I5, R5)
    15DEC15 01DEC20 C C C
    5th Set Aside:
    Rural (20%)
    C C C C C
    5th Set Aside:
    High Unemployment (10%)
    C C C C C
    5th Set Aside:
    Infrastructure (2%)
    C C C C C

    Dates for Filing Employment-Based Applications (March 2024)

    Employment-Based Categories CHINA (Mainland Born) INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES Other Chargeability countries Except for Listed
    1st 01JAN23 01JAN21 C C C
    2nd 01JUN20 15MAY12 15FEB23 15FEB23 15FEB23
    3rd 01JUL21 01AUG12 01FEB23 01JAN23 01FEB23
    Other Workers 01JUN17 01AUG12 15DEC20 15MAY20 15DEC20
    4th 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20
    Certain Religious Workers 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20 01JAN20
    5th Unreserved
    (including C5, T5, I5, R5)
    01JAN17 01APR22 C C C
    5th Set Aside:
    Rural (20%)
    C C C C C
    5th Set Aside:
    High Unemployment (10%)
    C C C C C
    5th Set Aside:
    Infrastructure (2%)
    C C C C C
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    Diversity Immigrant (DV) Category

    Every year Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) permits 55,000 immigrant visas annually through the Diversity Visa program. This number of visas from countries with low admissions over the past five years. 5,000 visas are reserved annually for the NACARA program, reducing the DV-2024 limit to roughly 54,850. These DV visas are distributed across six regions, with a cap of seven percent per country each year.

    March 2024 Immigrant Numbers in the DV Category

    Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except
    Those Listed Separately
     
    AFRICA 40,000 Except:
    1. Algeria: 35,000
    2. Egypt: 25,000
    3. Morocco : 27,500
    ASIA 7,000 Except:
    1. Iran: 6,750
    2. Nepal : 5,000
    EUROPE 16,000 Except:
    1. Russia: 15,500
    2. Uzbekistan: 5,750
    NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 13  
    OCEANIA 1,200  
    SOUTH AMERICA,
    and the CARIBBEAN
    2,200  

    The Diversity (DV) Immigrant Category Rank Cut-offs (April 2024)

    Region All DV Chargeability Areas Except
    Those Listed Separately
     
    AFRICA 40,000 Except:
    1. Algeria: 35,000
    2. Egypt: 25,000
    3. Morocco: 27,500
    ASIA 7,000 Except:
    1. Iran: 6,750
    2. Nepal: 5,000
    EUROPE 16,000 Except:
    1. Russia: 15,500
    2. Uzbekistan: 5,750
    NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) 13  
    OCEANIA 1,200  
    SOUTH AMERICA,
    and the CARIBBEAN
    2,200  

    Why it is Important to Check Visa Bulletin Every Month?

    Every month, you should check the visa bulletin to get the details about available immigrant visa numbersSince the U.S. Government sets an annual limit on the number of immigrant visas, there can be significant wait times due to high demand and country-specific limits.

    On the regular check, you can identify when a visa number becomes available for your category. It helps you to apply at the right time without missing opportunities.

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