The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) August 2023 Visa Bulletin will retrogress 10 years for EB-1 India. EB-1 all chargeability, Mexico, and Philippines will also retrogress from current to Aug. 1, 2023. There is no change in EB-1 China.
Retrogression occurs when a country has exceeded their 7% annual limit on immigrant visas in a given employment-based category and a wait line develops for nationals from that country in that respective category to process for a green card.
Despite the upcoming fiscal year starting on Oct. 1, 2023, and the expected advancement in the visa bulletin, there will likely still be significant retrogression for EB-1 India due to the drastic changes in the August 2023 Visa Bulletin.
In the EB-2 category, however, Mexico, Philippines, and all chargeability will progress by two months to April 1, 2022. There is no change in EB-2 India and China. And in the EB-3 category, Mexico, Philippines, and all chargeability will retrogress to May 1, 2020. There is no change in EB-3 India. EB-3 China will advance two months to June 1, 2019.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced it will accept adjustment-of-status applications based on the Final Action Dates chart published by DOS.
Dates for Filing of Employment-Based Visa Applications: