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US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released updated statistics in Fiscal Year 2022 Immigrant Visa Utilization. According to the report, as of July 31, 2022, USCIS and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) had utilized a total of 210,593 immigrant visas. based on employment, leaving a balance of over 70,000 visas to be awarded before the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2022. Given the short time frame and the large number of unused visas, many people are wondering whether all remaining visas will be used.
This announcement comes after USCIS and DOS publicly committed to maximizing the utilization of all available employment-based immigrant visas by the end of fiscal year 2022. In fact, USCIS noted that it “approved over 10,000 employment-based status adjustments in the week ending August 14, 2022, and DOS also continues its high visa issuance rate.”
Earlier this year, USCIS issued a alert in which the agency encouraged eligible applicants to consider requesting the transfer of the underlying basis of their requests for adjustment of status to the first or second category of preference based on employment. At the time, USCIS noted that there were “an exceptionally high number of employment-based immigrant visas available in these categories” for fiscal year 2022.
To support these efforts, USCIS has implemented a formalized system for applicants to transfer the underlying basis of their adjustment of status applications, including the creation of a centralized location for processing.
More recently, USCIS has encouraged immigrant visa applicants to complete their medical exams before the end of the fiscal year to expedite processing once USCIS issues a request for evidence.
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