Fiscal Year 2023 began on October 1, 2022 with approximately 60,000 unused family-based visas from FY 2022 rolling over into the FY 2023 employment-based allocation. With these additional visas, in total, there are approximately 200,000 immigrant visas available to employment-based immigrants and their dependents in FY 2023.
Following rapid advancement in employment-based visa availability in FY 2021 and FY 2022 resulting in large part from the rollover of unused family-based visas, the visa bulletin has now idled for the first two months of FY 2023. The November 2022 Visa Bulletin is identical to the October 2022 Visa Bulletin for EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 across all countries, and USCIS has announced that they will continue to accept Adjustment of Status applications based on the Dates for Filing in November 2022.
With Final Action Dates holding steady across preference categories, individuals who now have backlogged priority dates may have the opportunity to secure additional H-1B extensions as needed while awaiting visa bulletin advancement. Those with pending Adjustment of Status applications that are now backlogged can continue to renew EADs and Advance Parole documents as needed and may have opportunities to port employment. Consult with your Parker Gallini attorney if you have any questions about these options.