Visa Bulletin

USCIS issues green cards based on the Visa Bulletin that is published once a month by the US State Department.

In most cases, immigrants waiting for their green cards have an approved family petition (I-130) or an alien worker petition (I-140). Both approval forms, I-130 and I-140, contain a Priority Date, which is the date when a given petition was filed, either with the USICS or with the Department of Labor.

Waiting time for the green card is calculated based on this Priority Date.

March 2024

Category

Family Based Green Cards

Employment Based Green Cards

Filing Date ***

Green Card Issuance Date

Filing Date***

Green Card Issuance Date

F1

Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens (21 years of age or older)

1 Sep 2017

8 Feb 2015

   

F2A

Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents

1 Sep 2023

22 June 2020

   

F2B

Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents

1 Jan 2017

22 Nov 2015

   

F3

Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens

1 Mar 2010

1 Oct 2009

   

F4

Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens

1 Mar 2008

8 June 2007

   
           

EB1

Priority Workers

   

Current

Current

EB2

Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability

   

15 Feb 2023

22 Nov 2022

EB3

Skilled Workers and Professionals

   

1 Feb 2023

8 Sep 2022

 

Other workers

   

15 Dec 2020

8 Sep 2020

EB4

Religious workers

   

1 Jan 2020

1 Dec 2019

EB5

Investors

   

Current

Current

 

February 2024

Category

Family Based Green Cards

Employment Based Green Cards

Filing Date ***

Green Card Issuance Date

Filing Date***

Green Card Issuance Date

F1

Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens (21 years of age or older)

1 Sep 2017

1 Jan 2015

   

F2A

Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents

1 Sep 2023

8 Feb 2020

   

F2B

Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of Permanent Residents

1 Jan 2017

1 Oct 2015

   

F3

Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens

1 Mar 2010

22 Apr 2009

   

F4

Brothers and Sisters of Adult U.S. Citizens

1 Mar 2008

22 May 2007

   
           

EB1

Priority Workers

   

Current

Current

EB2

Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability

   

15 Feb 2023

15 Nov 2022

EB3

Skilled Workers and Professionals

   

1 Feb 2023

1 Sep 2022

 

Other workers

   

15 Dec 2020

1 Sep 2020

EB4

Religious workers

   

1 Sep 2019

15 May 2019

EB5

Investors

   

Current

Current

*** Must check with USCIS for applicability.

The above Visa Bulletin contains Priority Dates for citizens of most countries.  Different dates apply to citizens of Mexico, China, India, and Philippines.

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