April 2024 Visa Bulletin Employment-Based Categories to Progress, State Department Forecasts Limited Movement Ahead

April 2024 Visa Bulletin: Employment-Based Categories to Progress, State Department Forecasts Limited Movement Ahead

As revealed in the April 2024 Visa Bulletin, notable advancements are anticipated in most Employment-Based (EB) categories. EB-1 China’s Final Action Date will progress by six weeks to September 1, 2022, and EB-1 India will witness a five-month advancement to March 1, 2021. Meanwhile, EB-2’s Final Action Date for various countries will advance, with India moving six weeks ahead to April 15, 2012, and China advancing by one month to February 1, 2020.

The EB-3 Professional/Skilled Worker Final Action Dates for China remain unchanged at September 1, 2020, while India moves forward by six weeks to August 15, 2012. The global scenario will witness an advancement of two and a half months to November 22, 2022.

USCIS is set to honor the Final Action Dates for employment-based categories in April, enabling foreign nationals with eligible priority dates to file adjustment of status applications based on the Visa Bulletin Final Action Dates chart.

However, the State Department projects minimal movement in priority dates for employment-based categories throughout the remaining months of FY 2024, ending on September 30, 2024. The agency underscores that recent trends in Final Action date movements are subject to change, and retrogressions are plausible due to fluctuations in applicant demand.

Additionally, attention is drawn to the impending expiration of the EB-4 Non-Minister Religious Worker Program on March 22, 2024. If not extended by Congress, the category will become unavailable, and no immigrant visas or adjustment of status applications can be approved until reauthorization occurs.

The Final Action Dates for April 2024 across various EB categories are detailed in the bulletin, providing a comprehensive overview of the expected developments in the immigration landscape.


Source: Fragomen