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.
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).
* 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.