November Visa Bulletin Update: Final Action Dates For Family-Sponsored Preference Cases
Each month, the U.S. Department of State issues a Visa Bulletin. The State Department Monthly Visa Bulletin is a publication that provides information on the availability of immigrant visas for each preference category. The bulletin is issued every month by the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs that lists when a visa number has become available. The Visa Bulletin For November 2023 did not show a lot of change for family immigration applicants in the visa number availability to apply for legal permanent residency (green card) status. The following November notifications affect family-based immigration:
- Adjustment applicants in all family-sponsored preference categories must use the Dates for Filing chart.
- The US government will allow up to 226,000 family members of US citizens and permanent residents to immigrate to the US in fiscal year 2024.
- It will also allow up to 140,000 people who have job offers in the US to immigrate.
- Each country is limited to sending 25,620 preference immigrants to the US per year.
- Dependent areas, such as Puerto Rico and Guam, are limited to sending 7,320 preference immigrants per year.
Here are some things to keep in mind about the monthly Visa Bulletin:
- The visa bulletin is not a guarantee of a visa. The availability of visas can change from month to month, and the visa bulletin is only a snapshot of the current situation.
- The visa bulletin does not apply to all categories of immigrants. Some categories, such as immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, do not need to wait for a visa to become available.
- The visa bulletin is not the only factor that determines whether an immigration application will be approved. Other factors, such as the applicant’s qualifications and the current political climate, can also affect the outcome of an application.
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