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Visa Bulletin July 2024: Employment Based Category


The Visa Bulletin for July 2024 has been released, providing crucial updates for those applying under the Employment-Based Preferences. By U.S. Department of State, outlines the availability of immigrant visas and is a critical resource for applicants seeking permanent residency in the United States.


Key Highlights from the July 2024 Visa Bulletin


A. Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases

The Final Action Dates chart indicates when an applicant can expect to receive their green card. For July 2024, the Final Action Dates for EB2 applicants and other employment-based preferences are as follows:

This table shows that while EB2 category applicants from India and China face backlogs, those from all other countries have current (C) dates, meaning they can proceed without delays.


B. Dates for Filing of Employment-Based Visa Applications

The Dates for Filing chart is used by USCIS to determine when applicants can submit their final application for a green card. For July 2024, the Dates for Filing for EB2-NIW applicants and other employment-based preferences are:


Understanding Priority Dates


A priority date is the date when an applicant's employer or the applicant themselves (in the case of NIW) filed the I-140 Immigrant Petition. This date determines an applicant's place in line for a green card. The Visa Bulletin updates these dates monthly, reflecting the current processing times and backlogs.


Implications for EB2-NIW Applicants


The July 2024 Visa Bulletin brings positive news for many EB2-NIW applicants. While there are still backlogs for applicants from India and China, the movement in priority dates is a sign of progress. Applicants from all other countries can continue to enjoy the benefits of a current status, allowing for smoother and faster processing of their applications.


Tips for EB2-NIW Applicants
  1. Stay Informed: Regularly check the Visa Bulletin for updates on priority dates and processing times.

  2. Prepare Documents: Ensure all required documentation for I 485 is ready for submission as soon as your priority date becomes current.

  3. Consult a Consulting Firms or attorneys: Immigration laws and procedures can be complex. An experienced immigration consulting firm can provide valuable guidance and support throughout the application process.


The July 2024 Visa Bulletin offers hope and direction for EB2-NIW applicants. While some countries continue to face backlogs, the overall movement in dates is promising. By staying informed and prepared, applicants can navigate the immigration process more effectively and work towards achieving their goal of permanent residency in the United States.


For the latest updates and detailed information, always refer to the official U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin.


For further information you may follow this link to Department of State website.


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