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Green Card Backlog Increased by 16% in January

The immigrant visa backlog was at 338,256 cases last month

Feb 23, 2024

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The Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) saw an increase in the immigrant visa (IV) backlog, from 292,105 in December to 338,256 in January — a 16% increase.

The number of green card applicants whose cases were documentarily complete and ready to be scheduled for an interview increased, from 337,870 in December to 380,407 (a 13% increase). A case that is considered “documentarily complete” is a case in which all the required forms and documents have been submitted and accepted by the NVC, and therefore the case is ready for interview scheduling.

The number of people scheduled for green card interviews also saw an increase — 42,151 in January compared to 45,765 interviews in December.

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