September 2022 Newsletter
1. September 2022 Visa Bulletin: No Advancement in Employment-based and Family-based Categories
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the Visa Bulletin for September 2022, which shows no advancement in employment-based and family-based categories. The cutoff dates for issuance of employment-based immigrant visas are as follows:
EB-1: All countries are current.
EB-2: China remains at April 1, 2019; India remains at December 1, 2014. All other countries are current.
EB-3 Professional and Skilled Workers: China remains at April 22, 2018; India remains at February 15, 2012. All other countries are current.
USCIS will accept all family-based adjustment of status applications based on the “Dates for Filing” chart, and all employment-based adjustment of status applications based on the “Final Action Dates” chart.
The September 2022 Visa Bulletin can be found here.
2. USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2023 H-1B Cap
On August 23, 2022, USCIS announced that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the H-1B regular cap of 65,000, and the H-1B U.S. advanced degree exemption (i.e. master’s cap) of 20,000, for the FY 2023 H-1B Cap Season.
USCIS will not run a second H-1B cap lottery for FY 2023.
USCIS’ alert can be found here.