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U.S. Department of State’s May 2023 Visa Bulletin Shows Further Employment-Based Retrogression

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs’ May 2023 Visa Bulletin shows a trend of backlogs and slowdowns in the employment-based immigrant visa or green card process.

The final action dates for multiple categories will again retrogress due to continuing demand in green card applications. Of particular interest, the Employment-Based Third Preference (EB-3) category will see a cutoff date imposed (June 1, 2022) for the “Rest of World,” which includes countries not otherwise listed (i.e., countries other than China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines), a measure that was forecast by the agency in recent visa bulletins. Read more at

Contact Darren Heyman, immigration attorney, for more information.

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