The May 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.     

USCIS determination for when to file for adjustment of status for family and employment categories remains the same under the May 2024 visa bulletin. Applicants in all family-sponsored preference categories will continue to use the Dates for Filing chart and applicants in all employment-based preference categories will continue to use the Final Action Dates chart.  

In the May 2024 update,  Dates for Filing for employment-based preference categories maintained their consistency from the previous month. Similarly, Final Action Dates for employment-based preference categories also remain consistent from the previous month with the exception of the EB-4 Certain Religious Workers category for all countries. Previously in the April 2024 visa bulletin, EB-4 Certain Religious Workers category for all countries class was displayed as unauthorized. Currently, applicants who fall in this category may apply for permanent residence if their priority dates fall earlier than November 01, 2020.

Turning to the family-sponsored preference categories, the Dates for Filing progress remains steady with slight progress in certain categories. For example, F2B Mexico displays progress for 1 month; F3 Worldwide, China, India displays a 3 month advancement from March 01, 2010 to June 01, 2010; F4 India, Mexico and Philippines show minor advancements ranging from 7 days to 2 months. Please click here to see the summary of our May 2024 Visa Bulletin for family-sponsored preference categoriesVisa Bulletin For May 2024 under the Dates for Filing Chart.

In contrast, family-sponsored preference categories for Final Action Dates, displays progress in all categories, except F1 Philippines and F2B Philippines, showing progress ranging between 1 month and 10 months. Substantial noteworthy changes are listed below: 

  • F1 Worldwide, China, India- 5 months advancement from February 08, 2015 to July 08, 2015.
  • F2A Worldwide, China, India, Philippines- almost 9 months advancement from September 08, 2020 to June 01, 2021.
  • F2B Worldwide, China, India- almost 5 months advancement from November 22, 2015 to April 1, 2016.  
  • F1 Mexico- 5 months 14 days advancement from May 1, 2001 to October 15, 2001.
  • F3 Mexico- 10 months 14 days advancement from September 08, 1998 to July 22, 1999

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.

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