February 20, 2024

The U.S. Department of State released its Visa Bulletin for April 2023. That’s a big deal if you’re waiting for your priority date to be current so that your green card application can move forward.

If you don’t know what a “visa bulletin” or a “priority date” is, we’ve got you covered. Start by checking out the Boundless guide on How to Read the Visa Bulletin.

Visa Bulletin for April 2023

If you’re already familiar with those terms, scroll down to our summary of key developments or to the filing category that’s most relevant to you:

Family-based categories

  • F-1: Unmarried Children (Age 21 and Older) of U.S. Citizens
  • F-2A: Spouses and Unmarried Children (Under Age 21) of U.S. Green Card Holders
  • F-2B: Unmarried Children (Age 21 or Older) of U.S. Green Card Holders
  • F-3: Married Children of U.S. Citizens
  • F-4: Siblings of U.S. Citizens


Employment-based categories

  • EB-1: Extraordinary People, Outstanding Researchers and Professors, and Multinational Executives and Managers
  • EB-2: Exceptional People and Advanced Degree Holders
  • EB-3: Bachelor’s Degree Holders, Skilled Workers, and Unskilled Workers
  • EB-4: Special Immigrants
  • EB-5: Investors

Every month, USCIS announces whether applicants already living in the United States should file their “adjustment of status” applications based on the “Final Action Dates” or the “Dates for Filing.”

For March, family-based applicants — except those in the F-2A category — must use the “Dates for Filing” (available on the State Department’s website), whereas F-2A must use the “Final Action Dates.” Employment-based visa applicants must use the Dates for Filing, as must applicants filing from outside the United States.

Family-Based Green Card Backlogs

  • F-1: UNMARRIED CHILDREN (AGE 21 AND OLDER) OF U.S. CITIZENS
Country New Cut-off Date Old Cut-off Date Change in Wait Time
General Category 15-May-16 15-May-16 No Change
China 15-May-16 15-May-16 No Change
India 15-May-16 15-May-16 No Change
Mexico 1-Apr-01 1-Feb-01 -2 month
Philippines 22-Apr-15 22-Apr-15 No Change
This category sees no change for all countries except Mexico, which sees a 2-month change.

  • F-2A: SPOUSES AND UNMARRIED CHILDREN (UNDER AGE 21) OF U.S. GREEN CARD HOLDERS
Country New Cut-off Date Old Cut-off Date Change in Wait Time
General Category No wait No wait No Change
China No wait No wait No Change
India No wait No wait No Change
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
This category sees no change, with all countries remaining current.


  • F-2B: UNMARRIED CHILDREN (AGE 21 OR OLDER) OF U.S. GREEN CARD HOLDERS
Country New Cut-off Date Old Cut-off Date Change in Wait Time
General Category 22-Sep-16 22-Sep-16 No Change
China 22-Sep-16 22-Sep-16 No Change
India 22-Sep-16 22-Sep-16 No Change
Mexico 1-Apr-01 1-Mar-01 -1 month
Philippines 1-Oct-13 1-Oct-13 No Change
This category sees no change for all countries except Mexico, which sees a change of 1 month.
  • F-3: MARRIED CHILDREN OF U.S. CITIZENS
Country New Cut-off Date Old Cut-off Date Change in Wait Time
General Category 22-Aug-09 22-Aug-09 No Change
China 22-Aug-09 22-Aug-09 No Change
India 22-Aug-09 22-Aug-09 No Change
Mexico 1-Mar-00 8-Oct-00 -4 months, 3 weeks
Philippines 1-Oct-03 1-Oct-03 No Change
This category sees no change for all countries except Mexico, which sees a change of 4 months and 3 weeks.
  • F-4: SIBLINGS OF U.S. CITIZENS
Country New Cut-off Date Old Cut-off Date Change in Wait Time
General Category 1-Oct-07 1-Oct-07 No Change
China 1-Oct-07 1-Oct-07 No Change
India 1-Jan-06 1-Jan-06 No Change
Mexico 1-Sept-00 22-Aug-99 -1 year, 1 week
Philippines 1-Feb-04 1-Feb-04 No Change
This category sees no change for all countries except Mexico, which sees a change of 1 year and 1 week.


  • EB-1: EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, OUTSTANDING RESEARCHERS AND PROFESSORS, AND MULTINATIONAL EXECUTIVES AND MANAGERS
Country New Cut-off Date Old Cut-off Date Change in Wait Time
General Category No wait No wait No Change
China No wait No wait No Change
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India No wait No wait No Change
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
This category sees no change for all countries.
  • EB-2: EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE AND ADVANCED DEGREE HOLDERS
Country New Cut-off Date Old Cut-off Date Change in Wait Time
General Category No wait No wait No Change
China 1-Apr-19 1-Apr-19 No Change
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India 1-Sept-13 1-Sept-13 No Change
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
This category sees no change for all countries.
  • EB-3: BACHELOR’S DEGREE HOLDERS, SKILLED WORKERS, AND UNSKILLED WORKERS
Country New Cut-off Date Old Cut-off Date Change in Wait Time
General Category No wait No wait No Change
China 1-Apr-18 1-Apr-18 No Change
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India 22-Jan-12 22-Jan-12 No Change
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
This category sees no change for all countries.


  • In the EB-4 “special immigrants” category, no change for all countries/regions except Central America, which regressed by 2 years and 1 month. In the EB-5 “investors” category, all countries remain current or see no change.
Category Country New Cut-off Date Old Cut-off Date Change in Wait Time
EB-4: Special Immigrants General Category No wait No wait No Change
China No wait No wait No Change
Central America 15-Jun-17 15-May-19 -2 years, 1 month
India No wait No wait No Change
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
Vietnam No wait No wait No Change
EB-5: Investors General Category No wait No wait No Change
China 15-Dec-15 15-Dec-15 No Change
Central America No wait No wait No Change
India No wait No wait No Change
Mexico No wait No wait No Change
Philippines No wait No wait No Change
Vietnam No wait No wait No Change

Why This Matters

If you’re in line for a green card, it’s important to keep track of actual changes (and likely future developments) in the Visa Bulletin. It’s always a good idea to prepare all the documents needed for your green card application ahead of time, so you can be ready to file as quickly as possible once the Visa Bulletin shows that a green card is available to you. By failing to file in a month when a green card is available, you risk facing a surprise backward movement (“retrogression”) in the next Visa Bulletin, which would close your window of opportunity for filing a green card application. Stay tuned for next month’s update! As always, we’ll highlight all the important changes for you.


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