Immigrant Visa Backlog Update for November 2022

According to the National Visa Center’s Immigrant Visa Backlog Report for November 2022, 38,607 immigrant visa applicants were scheduled for interview appointments during the month, bringing the new number of eligible IV applicants who are documentarily complete and are waiting for the scheduling of an interview to 384,760.

In October 2022, 35,777 interviews were scheduled, and in September 2022, 32,175 interviews were scheduled. There is a slight increase each month, which is a good sign moving forward. It does appear that more appointment slots are available, and an increase in appointments made each month will equate to a reduced backlog of waiting IV applicants. 

For context, in 2019, the average number of applicants who were documentarily complete and were pending the schedule of an interview each month was around 60,866. This number has increased sixfold since, which has greatly contributed to the immensely long wait time in some immigrant visa categories.

NVC’s November 2022 Immigrant Visa Backlog Report

Number of IV applicants whose cases are documentarily complete at NVC and ready for interview as of October 31423,367
Number of documentarily complete IV applicants scheduled for November 2022 interview appointments38,607
Number of eligible IV applicants still pending the scheduling of an interview after November 2022 appointment scheduling was completed384,760

Source: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/visas-backlog.html

What Does “Documentarily Complete” Mean?

If you have paid all necessary fees and submitted your visa application, Affidavit of Support, and supporting documents to the National Visa Center, you will receive an email from the NVC notifying you that your case is documentarily complete. This means that you are now ready to schedule a visa appointment with a nearby U.S. Embassy or Consulate for your visa interview. The NVC will work with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to schedule your appointment for you. The NVC will fill appointments in a first-in, first-out manner. Also, remember that your priority date must be current for categories that are numerically limited. You can check if your priority date is current by referencing the latest Visa Bulletin.

While there hasn’t been a significant dent made in the immigrant visa backlog in November 2022, it is still good to see forward progress in the amount of visas that the NVC is processing each month. We hope to see even more interviews scheduled in December 2022 as we move into the new year so that the NVC can eventually return back to 2019 numbers.

For more information on the National Visa Center’s Immigrant Visa Backlog Report, visit the travel.state.gov website.

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