The March 2024 visa bulletin has been released by the Department of State and our team at Garvish Immigration Law Group has again summarized the important changes and noteworthy items:   

One of the major changes for the March 2024 visa bulletin is that USCIS has indicated that applicants in all employment-based preference categories must use the Final Action Dates chart. This is a major change for the employment-based preference categories as the Dates for Filing were previously used under the January and February 2024 visa bulletins. Applicants in all family-sponsored preference categories will continue to use the Dates for Filing under the March 2024 visa bulletin. 

In the March update for employment-based preference categories, the Dates for Filing and Final Action Dates are steady with only a matter of days difference from the February 2024 visa bulletin. However, noteworthy changes are observed in both the Dates for Filing and Final Action Dates for EB-4 and EB-4-Certain Religious Workers categories. Under the Final Action Dates, EB-4  and EB-4 Certain Religious Workers will both advance by 7 months from May 2019 to December 2019. Similarly, the Date for Filing Chart for EB-4 and EB-4 Certain Religious Workers indicates that priority dates will change from September 2019 to January 2020, an advancement of 4 months. It is worth noting that the EB-1-India category will advance by one month to October 2020 under the Final Action dates.   

Turning to the family-sponsored preference categories, the Dates for Filing progress remains unchanged from the February visa bulletin. In contrast, family-sponsored preference categories under the Final Action Dates have changed since the February 2024 Visa Bulletin. Please click here to see the summary of our February 2024 Visa Bulletin for family-sponsored preference categories. The Final Action Dates for F1 Worldwide, China, and India; F2B Worldwide, China, and India; F4 Worldwide, China, India, and Mexico advance by one month. Furthermore, all countries in the F2A category will advance by four months. Lastly, F3 Worldwide, China, and India will each progress with a 6 months advancement. 

On the other hand, F1, F2B, and F3 family-sponsored preference categories for Mexico and Philippines progress remains the same from the February 2024 Visa Bulletin.

Whether you’re in the process of applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. Consulate abroad or seeking adjustment of status to permanent residence within the United States, staying informed about these updates is crucial. Don’t miss out on the latest developments that may impact your immigration journey. Schedule a consultation with one of our immigration attorneys to begin your journey today.

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