February 2022 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 India Leads The Way In 2022

The US State Department has released the February 2022 visa bulletin and EB-2 India has taken the lead. For the final action cutoff dates for issuance of the immigrant visa, EB-2 India will advance by almost six months to January 1, 2013 next month. China is not left far behind and will advance by more than five weeks to March 1, 2019. All other countries will remain current.

The EB-2 category seems to have the biggest movement in the February 2022 visa bulletin. The other categories under the final action cutoff dates will remain unchanged

February 2022 Visa Bulletin: Final Action Chart

  • EB-1: All countries, including India and China, will remain current.
  • EB-2: India will advance by six months to January 1, 2013, and China will advance to March 1, 2019. All other countries will remain current.
  • EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers: EB-3 India and EB-3 China will remain unchanged and remain at January 15, 2012 and March 22, 2018, respectively. All other countries will remain current.
  • EB-5: The Non-Regional Center program will be current for everyone. The Regional Center program continues to reflect its “expired” status and is listed as unavailable.
  •  in the February Visa Bulletin Final Action Date chart. If reauthorized, the Regional Center category will also be current for final action for all countries except China, which would be subject to a November 22, 2015 final action date.

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Adjustment Of Status Applications

USCIS will use the Dates for Filing chart for employment-based and family-based categories.   

February 2022 Visa Bulletin: Date For Filing Chart

The following movement is expected in February 2022 within the visa bulletin. This is specific to employment-based categories with the Dates for Filing chart.    

EB-1: All countries will stay current with the Dates for Filing chart.  

EB-2: Similar to last month’s visa bulletin all countries will remain unchanged except for India, which will advance to September 1, 2013. 

EB-3: Status Quo From January 2022 dates. 

EB-5 Ends – How To Treat Your Current & Future Applications

EB-5 Regional Center program is listed as ‘unavailable’ in the August Visa Bulletin.  Since the EB-5 Regional Center program expired on June 30, 2021, immigrant visa issuance and adjustment of status adjudications under this category ceased after June 30, 2021. 

It is widely expected that Congress will renew this program eventually since it is a huge economic stimulant to the U.S. However, until then, applications will be rejected. 

USCIS has issued guidance on how to treat your EB-5 petition until the Congress takes action. 

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