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U.S. Visa Law & Policy

The Visa Bulletin


USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures DOS uses for foreign nationals who seek to become U.S. permanent residents by applying for immigrant visas at U.S. consulates and embassies abroad.

See more information on the changes here: USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status.

Archived Visa Bulletins: Online versions of the Visa Bulletin are for informational purposes only and every effort has been made to ensure their accuracy. Any questions regarding a cut-off date for a specific month can often be confirmed by consulting an official copy of the Visa Bulletin, available upon request from the Visa Office.

Comprehensive Lists of Final Action Dates:

The lists below are updated annually. Please refer to the Visa Bulletins above for final action dates established during the current fiscal year.

Please refer to the Visa Bulletins above for specific Employment Fourth (E4) Preference final action dates for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (beginning with the May 2016 Visa Bulletin). 

Family Preference


Operation of the Numerical Control Process (PDF) - Explains how immigrant visas subject to numerical limitations are allotted and the determination of cut-off dates for the Visa Bulletin.