Visa Bulletin for January 2024

Updated on January 2, 2024

Statutory Numbers for Preference Immigrant Visas

This bulletin summarizes immigrant visa availability in January 2024 for “Final Action Dates” and “Filing Dates” indicating when applicants should submit documents to the National Visa Center.

It will help you understand the latest for priority dates.

Visa Allocation Process

Consular officers report applicant demand and USCIS reports adjustment of status applicants. Allocations were made in chronological order by priority date when possible based on demand received by December 4th, 2023. If demand exceeded supply for a particular category or country, it was deemed oversubscribed and subject to retrogression.

  1. Family-sponsored preference visas are limited to 226,000.
  2. Employment-based preference visas are limited to at least 140,000.
  3. Per-country limits are 7% of total family-sponsored and employment-based visas, or 25,620.
  4. Immigrant visas are issued to eligible applicants based on the priority date when a petition was filed on their behalf.

Family-Sponsored Preferences

The family-sponsored preferences and numerical allocations are:

  • F1: Unmarried children of U.S. citizens – 23,400 visas plus unused F4 visas
  • F2A: Spouses and minor children of permanent residents – 77% of 114,200 visas
  • F2B: Unmarried adult children of permanent residents – 23% of 114,200 visas
  • F3: Married children of U.S. citizens – 23,400 visas plus unused F1-F2
  • F4: Siblings of adult U.S. citizens – 65,000 visas plus unused F1-F3

The tables below summarize the final action dates and filing dates indicating visa availability for each family-sponsored preference category and country.

A. FINAL ACTION DATES FOR FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCE CASES

Family-SponsoredAll Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedCHINA-mainland bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F101 JAN 1501 JAN 1501 JAN 1501 MAY 0101 MAR 12
F2A01 NOV 1901 NOV 1901 NOV 1922 OCT 1901 NOV 19
F2B01 OCT 1501 OCT 1501 OCT 1522 OCT 0322 OCT 11
F322 APR 0922 APR 0922 APR 0908 SEP 9808 JUN 02
F422 MAY 0722 MAY 0715 NOV 0515 SEP 0015 OCT 02

B. DATES FOR FILING FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA APPLICATIONS

Family-SponsoredAll Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedCHINA-mainland bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F101SEP1701SEP1701SEP1701APR0522APR15
F2A01SEP2301SEP2301SEP2301SEP2301SEP23
F2B01JAN1701JAN1701JAN1701AUG0401OCT13
F301MAR1001MAR1001MAR1015JUN0108NOV03
F401MAR0801MAR0822FEB0615APR0122APR04

Employment-Based Preferences

The employment-based preferences and numerical allocations are:

  • 1st: Priority workers – 28.6% of worldwide level plus unused 4th and 5th
  • 2nd: Advanced degree holders and exceptional ability – 28.6% of worldwide level plus unused 1st
  • 3rd: Skilled workers and professionals – 28.6% of worldwide level with a 10,000 cap for other unskilled workers
  • 4th: Special immigrants including religious workers – 7.1% of worldwide level
  • 5th: Employment creation for investors – 7.1% of worldwide level with set asides for rural, high unemployment, and infrastructure

H3: The tables below summarize the final action dates and filing dates indicating visa availability for each employment-based preference category and country.

A. FINAL ACTION DATES FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CASES

Employment-basedAll Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedCHINA-mainland bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
1stC01JUL2201SEP20CC
2nd01NOV2201JAN2001MAR1201NOV2201NOV22
3rd01AUG2201SEP2001JUN1201AUG2201AUG22
Other Workers01SEP2001JAN1701JUN1201SEP2001MAY20
4th15MAY1915MAY1915MAY1915MAY1915MAY19
Certain Religious Workers15MAY1915MAY1915MAY1915MAY1915MAY19
5th UnreservedC08DEC1501DEC20CC

B. DATES FOR FILING OF EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA APPLICATIONS

Employment-basedAll Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedCHINA-mainland bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
1stC01JAN2301JAN21CC
2nd15FEB2301JUN2015MAY1215FEB2315FEB23
3rd01FEB2301JUL2101AUG1201FEB2301JAN23
Other Workers15DEC2001JUN1701AUG1215DEC2015MAY20

Diversity Visa Category

Up to 55,000 diversity immigrant visas are available each year under INA 203(c) with up to 5,000 reserved for NACARA. DV-2024 visas allocated in January are shown below by geographic region and chargeability area. Select countries are subject to separate allocation cut-offs.

Diversity Visa Category Rank Cut-Offs for January

DV JANUARY RANK CUT-OFFS

RegionAll DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA22,000
ASIA5,500
EUROPE12,000
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)5
OCEANIA650
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN1,000

Diversity Visa Category Rank Cut-Offs for February

DV FEBRUARY RANK CUT-OFFS

RegionAll DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA26,500
ASIA5,500
EUROPE13,500
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)5
OCEANIA875
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN1,600

Eligibility for DV status ends on September 30, 2024. Available numbers could be exhausted before then.

Religious Worker Category Extended

The Certain Religious Workers category has been extended until February 2, 2024. No SR visas may be issued or adjustment of status finalized after February 1, 2024. Issued visas are only valid until February 1, 2024.

Visa Processing Updates

For updates on visa processing at U.S. embassies and consulates, visit travel.state.gov.

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