Published on : July 18, 2022
280,000 employment-based US Green Cards are to be issued by September 30, 2022. This is double the typical annual total of 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas.
Recently, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced - via Twitter on July 9, 2022 - that it remained committed to “taking every viable policy and procedural action” to maximize the use of all available employment-based visas by the end of the fiscal year.
Image Source: USCIS Twitter
The FY 2022 employment-based immigrant visas annual limit is around 280,000 as many unused visas from FY 2021 have been carried forward to the current fiscal year.
Under the US immigration law, 140,000 employment-based US permanent residence visas (US Green Cards) are granted every fiscal year - from October 1 to September 30. This includes the -
The spouse and dependent children might either accompany the applicant, or follow to join them at a later date.
Employment-based immigrant visas, also referred to as EB visas for the US, come under five different categories.
EB visas Annual Limit in FY 2022
262,288 was the annual limit for EB visas for the US in FY 2021, almost double the typical annual total.
195,507 employment-based visas for the US were issued in total in FY 2021. Of these, USCIS used 175,728 through adjustment of status. Another 19,779 EB visas were granted by the Department of State (DOS).
Adjustment of status is when an individual already present in the US gets a Green Card by applying for a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status. In such situations, there is no requirement to return to the home country to complete visa processing.
66,781 visas went unused at the end of Financial Year 2021.
The overall annual limit for EB-5 Green Cards is 280,000 - twice as high than usual - in FY 2022 mainly due to the pandemic-related closure of consular offices overseas in the recent past. Almost all of the 140,000 family-sponsored visa numbers went unused in FY 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
According to USCIS, “We are dedicated to ensuring we use as many available employment-based visas as possible in FY 2022”. The Financial Year 2022 ends on September 30, 2022.
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