May 2022 Visa Bulletin Predictions

Visa Bulletin published by the United States Department of State notifies whether applicants already in the US should file their AOS – “adjustment of status” applications based on “Final Action Dates” or “Dates for Filing.”

If you’re expecting your priority date to be current so that your Green Card application can move forward, then the release of the May 2022 Visa Bulletin by USCIS will be of importance. The US Department of State publishes a visa bulletin once a month.

This article will list the changes in wait times and a few predictions for the upcoming Visa Bulletin 2022. 

Family-based categories

  • F-1 : Unmarried Children (Age 21 and above) of US Citizens
  • F-2A : Spouses and unmarried children (under age 21) of US Green Card Holders
  • F-2B : Unmarried Children(Age 21 or above) of US Green Card Holders 
  • F-3 : Married Children of US Citizens
  • F-4 : Siblings of US Citizens

Employment-based categories 

  • EB-1 : Extraordinary People, Outstanding Researchers, Professor, 

  Multinational Executives and Managers 

  • EB-2 : Exceptional people and Advanced Degree Holders
  • EB-3 : Bachelor’s Degree Holders, Skilled Workers, and Unskilled Workers
  • EB-4 : Special Immigrants
  • EB-5 : Investors 

Family-Based Green Card Backlogs

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

CountryNew Cut-Off DatesOld Cut-Off DatesChange in Wait Time
China01-JUN-1615-MAY-16– 17 days
General Category01-JUN-1615-MAY-16– 17 days
India 01-JUN-1615-MAY-16– 17 days
Mexico08-JUN-0101-MAY-01– 1 month, 7 days
Philippines 08-JUN-1522-APR-15– 1 month, 17 days

This Category sees a change of 17 days for India, China and the rest of the world (General Category) while 1month 7 days for Mexico and 1month 17days for the Philippines. 

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

CountryNew Cut-Off DatesOld Cut-Off DatesChange in Wait Time
ChinaNo Wait No Wait No Change 
General CategoryNo Wait No Wait No Change 
IndiaNo Wait No Wait No Change 
MexicoNo Wait No Wait No Change 
Philippines No Wait No Wait No Change 

There is no change in this category, as all countries remain current.

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

CountryNew Cut-Off DatesOld Cut-Off DatesChange in Wait Time
China 01-OCT-1622-SEP-16– 7 days
General Category01-OCT-1622-SEP-16– 7 days
India 01-OCT-1622-SEP-16– 7 days
Mexico15-MAY-0122-APR-01– 24 days
Philippines 22-OCT-1301-OCT-13– 21 days

This Category sees a change of 7 days for India, China and the rest of the world. Mexico 24 days and Philippines 21 days 

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

CountryNew Cut-Off DatesOld Cut-Off DatesChange in Wait Time
China08-SEP-0922-AUG-09– 17 days
General Category08-SEP-0922-AUG-09– 17 days
India08-SEP-0922-AUG-09– 17 days
Mexico15-MAR-0101-MAR-01– 14 days
Philippines 22-NOV-0308-NOV-03– 14 days

This Category sees a change of 17 days in India, China and General Category. Mexico 14 days and Philippines 14 days

F-4: SIBLINGS OF U.S. CITIZENS

CountryNew Cut-Off DatesOld Cut-Off DatesChange in Wait Time
China22-OCT-0701-OCT-07– 21 days
General Category22-OCT-0701-OCT-07– 21 days
India01-MAR-0622-FEB-06 – 7 days 
Mexico15-FEB-0122-DEC-00– 1 month, 24 days
Philippines 15-MAY-0401-FEB-04– 3 months, 14 days

This Category sees a change of 21 days for China and General Category and India 7 days, Mexico 1 month 24 days and Philippines 3 months 14 days 

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

CountryNew Cut-Off DatesOld Cut-Off DatesChange in Wait Time
ChinaNo Wait No Wait No Change 
General CategoryNo Wait No Wait No Change 
IndiaNo Wait No Wait No Change 
MexicoNo Wait No Wait No Change 
Philippines No Wait No Wait No Change 

This category is current for all the countries 

EB-2: EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE AND ADVANCED DEGREE HOLDERS

CountryNew Cut-Off DatesOld Cut-Off DatesChange in Wait Time
China01-JUN-1901-APR-19– 2 months
General CategoryNo Wait No Wait No Change 
India22-DEC-1401-SEP-14– 3 months, 21 days
MexicoNo Wait No Wait No Change 
Philippines No Wait No Wait No Change 

This category sees no change except India 3 months 21 days and China 2 months

EB-3: BACHELOR’S DEGREE HOLDERS, SKILLED WORKERS, AND UNSKILLED WORKERS

CountryNew Cut-Off DatesOld Cut-Off DatesChange in Wait Time
China01-MAY-1801-APR-18– 1 month 
General CategoryNo Wait No Wait No Change 
India15-FEB-1222-JAN-12– 24 days 
MexicoNo Wait No Wait No change 
Philippines No Wait No Wait No change 

This category sees no change except India 24 days and China 1 month

EB-4: Special Immigrants Category 

CountryNew Cut-Off DatesOld Cut-Off DatesChange in Wait Time
ChinaNo Wait No Wait No Change 
General CategoryNo Wait No Wait No Change 
IndiaNo Wait No Wait No Change 
MexicoNo Wait No Wait No Change 
Philippines No Wait No Wait No Change 

EB-5: Investors category

CountryNew Cut-Off DatesOld Cut-Off DatesChange in Wait Time
ChinaNo Wait No Wait No Change 
General CategoryNo Wait No Wait No Change 
India No Wait No Wait No Change 
MexicoNo Wait No Wait No Change 
Philippines No Wait No Wait No Change 

All countries remain current or see no change in the EB-4 “special immigrants” and EB-5 “investors” category

Important Dates for Visa Bulletin 2022 

  1. Priority Dates:

    When the government receives your petition, each person who files a petition with the USCIS receives a priority date. A priority date determines a person’s position in line for an immigrant visa. Keep this data handy in case you need to compare it to the dates in this bulletin.
  2. Final Action Dates:

    Final action dates are determined by your Green Card category and chargeability area which is your country of origin. Your priority date will be considered current once the final action date in your Green Card preference level and chargeability area (Country of Origin) reaches it. You will either adjust your status or go through consular processing once you are current.

Why Does This Matter?

If you’re waiting for a Green Card, it’s necessary to stay up to date on current (and expected future) changes in the Visa Bulletin. It’s always a good idea to gather all of the paperwork you’ll need for your Green Card application ahead of time, so you’ll be ready to file as soon as the Visa Bulletin indicates that your Green Card is available.

Check out what other applicants are predicting for the next Visa Bulletin on Trackitt.