State Department Treading Water in Green Card Backlog in November


There was no significant movement in the overall green card backlog this month

Nov 22, 2021


The Department of State building

There were 461,125 pending interviews in November, compared to 468,891 in October. This is troubling news because overall, the U.S. Department of State has yet to significantly increase the number of monthly interviews. As such, the backlog is only decreasing incrementally.

The total number of scheduled green card interviews increased 12 percent, from 25,675 in October to 28,964 in November, but Boundless predicts that at this rate it will take at least 58 more months to get back to pre-COVID levels.

National Visa Center (NVC) Immigrant Visa Backlog Report

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The National Visa Center (NVC) — a State Department facility that processes visa applications — publishes a monthly report to update the public on changes to the immigrant visa backlog. Wait times have surged since March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic led to a shutdown of U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. The pandemic continues to place strain on the number of visas the State Department is able to process.

Check back here next month for the latest backlog figures. If you recently received your interview notice, get prepared with our guide on what to expect at the green card interview.


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