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Visa Bulletin for October 2022


The latest green card waiting lists as of October 2022

Sep 7, 2022


The U.S. Department of State released its Visa Bulletin for October 2022. 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


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Every month, USCIS announces whether applicants already living in the United States should file their “adjustment of status” applications based on the “Final Action Dates” or the “Dates for Filing.”

For October, family-based applicants must use the “Dates for Filing” (available on the State Department’s website). Employment-based visa applicants must use the “Final Action Dates” chart, as must applicants filing from outside the United States.

Check back here soon for Visa Bulletin predictions!

Family-Based Green Card Backlogs

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

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category 8-Aug-16 8-Aug-16 No Change
China 8-Aug-16 8-Aug-16 No Change
India 8-Aug-16 8-Aug-16 No Change
Mexico 1-Dec-01 1-Dec-01 No Change
Philippines 22-Apr-15 22-Apr-15 No Change

This category sees a no change for all countries.

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

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category No wait No wait No Change
China No wait No wait No Change
India No wait No wait No Change
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change

This category sees no change, with all countries remaining current.

F-2B: unmarried children (age 21 or older) of U.S. green card holders

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category 1-Jan-17 1-Jan-17 No Change
China  1-Jan-17 1-Jan-17 No Change
India  1-Jan-17 1-Jan-17 No Change
Mexico 8-Aug-01 8-Aug-01 No Change
Philippines 1-Oct-13 1-Oct-13 No Change

This category sees no change for all countires.

F-3: married children of U.S. citizens

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category 8-Nov-09 8-Nov-09 No Change
China 8-Nov-09 8-Nov-09 No Change
India 8-Nov-09 8-Nov-09 No Change
Mexico 15-Apr-01 15-Apr-01 No Change
Philippines 8-Nov-03 8-Nov-03 No Change

This category sees no change for all countries.

F-4: siblings of U.S. citizens

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category 15-Dec-07 15-Dec-07 No Change
China 15-Dec-07 15-Dec-07 No Change
India 22-Feb-06 22-Feb-06 No Change
Mexico 15-Mar-01 15-Mar-01 No Change
Philippines 22-Apr-04 22-Apr-04 No Change

This category sees no change for all countries.

EB-1: extraordinary people, outstanding researchers and professors, and multinational executives and managers

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category No wait No wait No Change
China No wait No wait No Change
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India No wait No wait No Change
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change

This category sees no change for all countries.

EB-2: exceptional people and advanced degree holders

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category No wait No wait No Change
China 8-June-19 1-Apr-19 -2 months, 1 week
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India 1-Apr-12 1-Dec-14 -2 years, 8 months
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change

This category sees no change for all countries except China, which sees a change of 2 months and 1 week, and India, which sees a regression of 2 years and 8 months.

EB-3: bachelor’s degree holders, skilled workers, and unskilled workers

Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
General Category No wait No wait No Change
China 15-June-18 22-Apr-18 -1 month, 3 weeks
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India 1-April-12 15-Feb-12 -1 month, 2 weeks
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change

This category sees no change for all countries except China, which sees a change of 1 month and 3 weeks, and India, which sees a change of 1 month and 2 weeks.


The EB-4 “special immigrants” sees changes for Central America and Mexico of between 4.5-5.5 months, and EB-5 “investors” categories see an 8-month regression for China and a change of 2 years and 10 months for India.

Category Country New
Cut-off Date
Old
Cut-off Date
Change in Wait Time
EB-4: Special Immigrants General Category No wait No wait No Change
China No wait No wait No Change
Central America 15-March-18 8-Nov-17 -4 months, 2 weeks
India No wait No wait No Change
Mexico 15-Sept-20 1-Apr-20 -5 months, 2 weeks
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
Vietnam No wait No wait No Change
EB-5: Investors General Category No wait No wait No Change
China 22-Mar-15 22-Nov-15 -8 months
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India 8-Nov-19 No wait -2 years, 10 months
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
Vietnam No wait No wait No change

Why This Matters

If you’re in line for a green card, it’s important to keep track of actual changes (and likely future developments) in the Visa Bulletin. It’s always a good idea to prepare all the documents needed for your green card application ahead of time, so you can be ready to file as quickly as possible once the Visa Bulletin shows that a green card is available to you. By failing to file in a month when a green card is available, you risk facing a surprise backward movement (“retrogression”) in the next Visa Bulletin, which would close your window of opportunity for filing a green card application. Stay tuned for next month’s update! As always, we’ll highlight all the important changes for you.


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