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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently
published updated statistics in connection with
immigrant visa usage for fiscal year (FY) 2022. According to the
report, as of July 31, 2022, USCIS and the U.S. Department of State
(DOS) had used a total of 210,593 employment-based immigrant visas,
leaving a balance of more than 70,000 visas to be allocated before
the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2022. Given the short
timeline and the significant number of unused visas, many people
are asking if all of the remaining visas will be used.
This announcement comes after USCIS and DOS publicly committed
to maximizing the use of all available employment-based immigrant
visas by the end of FY 2022. In fact, USCIS noted that it
“approved more than 10,000 employment-based adjustment of
status applications in the week ending August 14, 2022, and DOS
continues its high rate of visa issuance, as well.”
Earlier this year, USCIS published an alert in which the agency encouraged eligible
applicants to consider requesting to transfer the underlying basis of their
adjustment-of-status applications to the first or second
employment-based preference categories. At the time, USCIS noted
that there was “an exceptionally high number of
employment-based immigrant visas available in these
categories” for FY 2022.
To assist those efforts, USCIS established a formalized system
for applicants to transfer the underlying basis of their
adjustment-of-status applications, including establishing a
centralized location for processing.
More recently, USCIS encouraged immigrant visa applicants to complete their medical examinations before the
end of the fiscal year to speed up processing once USCIS issues a
request for evidence.
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