The overall number of applicants still waiting for the U.S. Department of State to schedule their green card interview decreased in September, but the number of applicants who were scheduled for green card interviews also dropped, a sign that the State Department is not keeping pace to reduce the overall backlog fast enough.
There were 22,500 fewer pending interviews this month compared to last. While that’s good news, the total number of scheduled interviews decreased by 23%, from 33,306 in August to 25,561 in September. To reduce the backlog, that number should increase or at least remain the same month to month.
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.