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November 2022 Visa Bulletin (Archive)

Jonathan Petts
October 7, 2022

Key Takeaways

The November 2022 Visa Bulletin shows few changes in cut-off dates for family green cards for applicants from most countries. The one exception is a slight decrease in several preference categories for those applying for family green cards from Mexico. There are no changes in cut-off dates for employment-based green cards in any preference category since last month's visa bulletin. Click on your preference category below to see the most current information about your cut-off date and when you can apply for your green card.

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How To Read the November 2022 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State has published its November 2022 Visa Bulletin, which shows the most recent priority date cut-offs for green card filings.

The Visa Bulletin can be difficult to read, but we’ve put all the information you need to know in easy-to-read charts below. To find the cut-off date for your category, you’ll need to know your preference category and your priority date.

Your preference category is based on:

  • Your familial connection if you’re applying for a family-based green card
  • Your professional credentials and education if you’re applying for an employment-based green card

Your priority date is the date USCIS received your green card application. You can find yours on the Notice of Action (Form I-797) that USCIS sent you via mail or email after receiving your application.

If your priority date is before the cut-off date listed in the relevant chart below — congratulations! — you can submit your green card application. If your priority date is after the cut-off date, you need to wait to submit your green card application.

If you want to learn more about the visa bulletin, preference categories, or priority dates, you can read our visa bulletin guide. If you need help applying for status or understanding your case, you can use our free web tool. If we aren’t able to help you, we can refer you to an experienced immigration attorney.

Family-Based Green Cards by Preference Category

The November 2022 Visa Bulletin shows few changes in cut-off dates for family green cards for applicants from most countries. The one exception is a slight decrease in several preference categories for those applying for family green cards from Mexico.

  • The backlog for first preference (F1) family green cards — unmarried children (age 21 or older) of U.S. citizens — for those applying from Mexico decreased by one year from Dec. 1, 2001, to Dec. 1, 2002. 
  • The backlog for second preference (F2B) family green cards — for unmarried sons and daughters of permanent residents — decreased by four months and 24 days. The old cut-off date was Aug. 8, 2001, and the new cut-off date is Jan. 1, 2002.
  • The backlog for third preference (F3) family green cards — married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens — for those applying from Mexico decreased by two months and three days. The old cut-off date was April 12, 2001, and the new cut-off date is June 15, 2001.
  • The backlog for fourth preference (F4) family green cards — siblings of adult U.S. citizens — also decreased slightly for those applying from Mexico by 17 days. The old cut-off date was March 15, 2001, and the new cut-off date is April 1, 2001.

Though a decrease in the backlog for applying for family green cards is always welcome news, would-be green card applicants from Mexico are still having to wait many years more than their counterparts from other countries for their priority dates to become current. The one exception is the second preference (F2A) category — spouses and children of permanent residents — which remains current for Mexico and all other eligible countries.

The November 2022 Visa Bulletin shows that employment-based green card cut-offs remain unchanged from the October 2022 Visa Bulletin. Cut-off dates for EB-1 green cards for priority workers and EB-5 green cards for investors in all categories (rural, high unemployment, and infrastructure) remain current for all eligible countries. You can find the latest cut-off dates for other types of employment-based green cards in the tables below.

*Note: For simplicity’s sake, our tables contain the language “All Other Countries” rather than USCIS’s language “All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed,” but the meaning and intent is the same.

Backlog for F1 (first preference) Green Cards: Unmarried Children (at least 21 years old) of U.S. Citizens

Country Cut-Off Date Change From Last Month?
All other countries* Aug 8, 2016 No
China - mainland born Aug 8, 2016 No
India Aug 8, 2016 No
Mexico Dec 1, 2001 Yes. Decreased 1 year.
Philippines Apr 22, 2015 No

Backlog for F2A (second preference) Green Cards: Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents

Country Cut-Off Date Change From Last Month?
All other countries* Current No
China - mainland born Current No
India Current No
Mexico Current No
Philippines Current No

Backlog for F2B(second preference) Green Cards: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents

Country Cut-Off Date Change From Last Month?
All other countries* Jan. 1, 2017 No
China - mainland born Jan. 1, 2017 No
India Jan. 1, 2017 No
Mexico Jan. 1, 2002 Yes. Decreased 4 months, 24 days.
Philippines Oct. 1, 2013 No

Backlog for F3 (third preference) Green Cards: Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens

Country Cut-Off Date Change From Last Month?
All other countries* Nov. 8, 2009 No
China - mainland born Nov. 8, 2009 No
India Nov. 8, 2009 No
Mexico June 15, 2001 Yes. Decreased 2 months, 3 days.
Philippines Nov. 8, 2003 No

Backlog for F4 (fourth preference) Green Cards: Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens

Country Cut-Off Date Change From Last Month?
All other countries* Dec. 15, 2007 No
China - mainland born Dec. 15, 2007 No
India Feb. 22, 2006 No
Mexico April 1, 2001 Yes. Decreased 17 days.
Philippines April 22, 2004 No

What This Means for Family-Based Green Card Applicants

If your priority date is before the cut-off date listed above, you can submit your green card application. If your priority date is after the cut-off date, you need to wait to submit your green card application. Your priority date is the date USCIS received your Form I-130: Petition for Alien Relative. You can find your priority date on the Notice of Action (Form I-797) that USCIS sends you to confirm it’s received your I-130 application.

Wondering about next steps? Our free web tool can help you apply for status, understand your case, and connect with an attorney if you need help with your immigration application.

Employment-Based Green Cards by Preference Category

The November 2022 Visa Bulletin shows that employment-based green card cut-offs remain unchanged from the October 2022 Visa Bulletin. Cut-off dates for EB-1 green cards for priority workers and EB-5 green cards for investors in the rural, high unemployment, and infrastructure categories remain current for all eligible countries. You can find the latest cut-off dates for other types of employment-based green cards in the tables below.

Backlog for EB-1 Green Cards for Priority Workers 

Country Cut-Off Date Change From Last Month?
All other countries* Current No
China - mainland born Current No
El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras Current No
India Current No
Mexico Current No
Philippines Current No

Backlog for EB-2 Green Cards for Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability

Country Cut-Off Date Change From Last Month?
All other countries* Current No
China - mainland born July 8, 2019 No
El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras Current No
India May 1, 2012 No
Mexico Current No
Philippines Current No

Backlog for EB-3 Green Cards for Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers

Country Cut-Off Date Change From Last Month?
All other countries* Current No
China - mainland born July 15, 2018 No
El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras Current No
India July 1, 2012 No
Mexico Current No
Philippines Current No

Backlog for EB-4 Green Cards for Certain Special Immigrants

Country Cut-Off Date Change From Last Month?
All other countries* Current No
China - mainland born Current No
El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras April 15, 2018 No
India Current No
Mexico Oct. 15, 2020 No
Philippines Current No

Backlog for EB-5 Green Cards for Immigrant Investors

Country Cut-Off Date Change From Last Month?
All other countries* Current No
China - mainland born Current No
El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras Current No
India Current No
Mexico Current No
Philippines Current No

What This Means for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

If your priority date is before the cut-off date listed above, you can submit your green card application. If your priority date is after the cut-off date, you need to wait to submit your green card application. Your priority date is the date USCIS received your PERM application or (if not required) the date USCIS received your Form I-140 or Form I-526, employment-based visa petition. You can find your priority date on the Notice of Action (Form I-797) that USCIS sends you to confirm it’s received your employment-based visa application.

Unsure of what to do next? Our free web tool can help you apply for status, understand your case, and connect with an attorney if you need help.

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