Last updated January 2023
Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the Department of State’s ability to process immigrant visa applications. U.S. embassies and consulates are working to resume routine visa services on a location-by-location basis as expeditiously as possible in a safe manner. However, the pandemic continues to severely impact the number of visas our embassies and consulates abroad are able to process. The particular constraints vary based on local conditions and restrictions, but include local and national lockdowns; travel restrictions; host country quarantine regulations; and measures taken by our embassies and consulates to contain the spread of COVID-19. On Feb. 2, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order (E.O.) 14012 on Restoring Faith in our Legal Immigration Systems. Though we continue to face real and persistent challenges in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to resolving the immigrant visa backlog and transparently sharing the current status of our worldwide visa operations, while remaining dedicated to the safety of our staff and applicants, and the national security of the United States.
|Number of IV applicants whose cases are documentarily complete at NVC and ready for interview as of December 31||422,954|
|Number of documentarily complete IV applicants scheduled for January 2023 interview appointments||36,167|
|Number of eligible IV applicants still pending the scheduling of an interview after January 2023 appointment scheduling was completed||386,787|
Note: In Calendar Year 2019 on average, 60,866 applicants were pending the scheduling of an interview each month.
This data is a snapshot in time provided for informational purposes in order to be as transparent as possible. Given that these numbers change on a regular basis through our ongoing effort to reduce the backlog, they will be outdated soon after they are published each month.
In addition, this data is specific to cases that have been processed by NVC and determined to be “documentarily complete.” It does not reflect IV cases that have already been transferred to an embassy or consulate for interview, cases that are still with USCIS for petition approval, or cases that are not considered documentarily complete. For more information about when an application is considered documentarily complete, see: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/step-8-scan-collected-documents/step-9-upload-and-submit-scanned-documents.html
For a step-by-step breakdown of the Immigrant Visa Process, see: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/step-1-submit-a-petition.html
Reminder: Applicants should be as prepared as possible for their interview by bringing all required documents with them. Being fully prepared will not only speed up the interview, but also help the Department more efficiently reduce the number of those waiting for an interview appointment.
IV Backlog Report December 2022 (PDF -123 KB)
IV Backlog Report November 2022 (PDF - 123 KB)
IV Backlog Report October 2022 (PDF - 122 KB)
IV Backlog Report September 2022 (PDF - 127 KB)
IV Backlog Report August 2022 (PDF - 124 KB)
IV Backlog Report July 2022 (PDF - 123 KB)
IV Backlog Report June 2022 (PDF - 119 KB)
IV Backlog Report May 2022 (PDF - 122 KB)
IV Backlog Report April 2022 (PDF - 124 KB)
IV Backlog Report March 2022 (PDF - 122 KB)
IV Backlog Report February 2022 (PDF - 121 KB)
IV Backlog Report January 2022 (PDF - 126 KB)
IV Backlog Report December 2021 (PDF - 70 KB)
IV Backlog Report November 2021 (PDF - 71 KB)
IV Backlog Report October 2021 (PDF - 78 KB)
IV Backlog Report September 2021 (PDF - 62 KB)
IV Backlog Report August 2021 (PDF - 61 KB)
IV Backlog Report July 2021 (PDF - 86 KB)
IV Backlog Report June 2021 (PDF - 70 KB)
IV Backlog Report May 2021 (PDF - 71 KB)
IV Backlog Report April 2021 (PDF - 88 KB)