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Visa Bulletin for March 2024


The latest green card waiting lists as of February 2024

Feb 25, 2024


The U.S. Department of State released its Visa Bulletin for March 2024. That’s a big deal if you’re waiting for your priority date to be current so that your green card application can move forward.

If you don’t know what a “visa bulletin” or a “priority date” is, we’ve got you covered. Start by checking out the Boundless guide on How to Read the Visa Bulletin.

If you’re already familiar with those terms, scroll down to our summary of key developments or to the filing category that’s most relevant to you:

Family-based categories

Employment-based categories

Every month the Department of State calculates the current backlog for various categories and uses this data to create a projected date. Those immigrants who have a priority date on or before that date can begin the next step in their process, by either filing for adjustment of statues or filing at a consulate abroad for an immigrant visa.

The dates below are the “dates of filing” which tell you when you can begin the next step. The visa bulletin also posts “final action dates” which determine when the application can actually be adjudicated. The difference between these two dates is usually roughly the time that USCIS expects to take to process the applications.

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Family-Based Green Card Backlogs

F-1: UNMARRIED CHILDREN (AGE 21 AND OLDER) OF U.S. CITIZENS

CountryNew Cut-Off DateOld Cut-Off DateMovement
All Other Areas1-Sept-171-Sept-17No Change
China1-Sept-171-Sept-17No Change
India1-Sept-171-Sept-17No Change
Mexico1-Apr-051-Apr-05No Change
Philippines 22-Apr-1522-Apr-15No Change

F-2A: SPOUSES AND UNMARRIED CHILDREN (UNDER AGE 21) OF U.S. GREEN CARD HOLDERS

CountryNew Cut-Off DateOld Cut-Off DateMovement
All Other Areas1-Sept-231-Sept-23No Change
China1-Sept-231-Sept-23No Change
India1-Sept-231-Sept-23No Change
Mexico1-Sept-231-Sept-23No Change
Philippines1-Sept-231-Sept-23No Change

F-2B: UNMARRIED CHILDREN (AGE 21 OR OLDER) OF U.S. GREEN CARD HOLDERS

CountryNew Cut-Off DateOld Cut-Off DateMovement
All Other Areas1-Jan-171-Jan-17No Change
China1-Jan-171-Jan-17No Change
India1-Jan-171-Jan-17No Change
Mexico1-Aug-041-Aug-04No Change
Philippines1-Oct-131-Oct-13No Change

F-3: MARRIED CHILDREN OF U.S. CITIZENS

CountryNew Cut-Off DateOld Cut-Off DateMovement
All Other Areas1-Mar-101-Mar-10No Change
China1-Mar-101-Mar-10No Change
India1-Mar-101-Mar-10No Change
Mexico15-June-0115-June-01No Change
Philippines8-Nov-038-Nov-03No Change

F-4: SIBLINGS OF U.S. CITIZENS

CountryNew Cut-Off DateOld Cut-Off DateMovement
All Other Areas1-Mar-081-Mar-08No Change
China1-Mar-081-Mar-08No Change
India22-Feb-0622-Feb-06No Change
Mexico15-April-0115-April-01No Change
Philippines22-Apr-0422-Apr-04No Change

EB-1: EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, OUTSTANDING RESEARCHERS AND PROFESSORS, AND MULTINATIONAL EXECUTIVES AND MANAGERS

CountryNew Cut-Off DateOld Cut-Off DateMovement
All Other AreasCurrentCurrentNo Change
China1-Jan-231-Jan-23No Change
India 1-Jan-21 1-Jan-21No Change
MexicoCurrentCurrentNo Change
Philippines CurrentCurrentNo Change

EB-2: EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE AND ADVANCED DEGREE HOLDERS

CountryNew Cut-Off DateOld Cut-Off DateMovement
All Other Areas15-Feb-2315-Feb-23No Change
China1-Jun-201-Jun-20No Change
India15-May-12 15-May-12No Change
Mexico15-Feb-2315-Feb-23No Change
Philippines 15-Feb-2315-Feb-23No Change

EB-3: SKILLED WORKER, PROFESSIONAL, OR OTHER WORKER

CountryNew Cut-Off DateOld Cut-Off DateMovement
All Other Areas1-Feb-231-Feb-23No Change
China1-July-211-July-21No Change
India1-Aug-12 1-Aug-12No Change
Mexico1-Feb-231-Feb-23No Change
Philippines 1-Jan-231-Jan-23No Change

EB-4: “SPECIAL IMMIGRANTS” CATEGORY

CountryNew Cut-Off DateOld Cut-Off DateMovement
All Other Areas1-Jan-201-Sep-194 months
China1-Jan-201-Sep-194 months
India1-Jan-201-Sep-194 months
Mexico1-Jan-201-Sep-194 months
Philippines1-Jan-201-Sep-194 months

EB-5: “INVESTORS” CATEGORY

CountryNew Cut-Off DateOld Cut-Off DateMovement
All Other AreasNo waitNo waitNo Change
China1-Jan-171-Jan-17No Change
India1-April-221-April-22No Change
MexicoNo waitNo waitNo Change
PhilippinesNo waitNo waitNo Change

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