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State Department Puts Dent in Green Card Backlog in November


The immigrant visa backlog decreased by 14.5K this month

Nov 22, 2022


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The Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) saw a small decrease in the immigrant visa (IV) backlog, from 399,286 pending cases last month to 384,760 cases in November — a 3.6% decrease.

According to the NVC, the number of green card applicants whose cases were documentarily complete and therefore ready to be scheduled for an interview also decreased this month by more than 12,000, from 435,063 to 423,367 (a documentarily complete case is one in which all the required forms and documents have been submitted to and accepted by the NVC and that the case is ready for an interview to be scheduled). Overall the number of DC cases has been on a downward trend since July 2021.

Green card backlog in November

The number of people waiting for green card interviews decreased by nearly 3,000 from October to November. The NVC scheduled 38,607 interviews in November, compared to 35,777 in October. Though this number is small, any reduction in the green card backlog is welcome news.


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