The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has released the July Visa Bulletin, outlining the movement of employment-based and family-sponsored categories for the upcoming month. In July, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to use the Final Action Dates chart for employment-based preference categories and the Dates for Filing chart for family-sponsored preference categories.

Highlights from the July 2024 Visa Bulletin include advancements in some employment-based categories and retrogression in others. For example, EB-1 India will advance by eleven months to February 1, 2022, while EB-3 India will advance by one month to September 22, 2012. However, the EB-3 category for all other countries will retrogress by eleven months and three weeks to December 1, 2021.

The State Department projects further retrogression or unavailability in the EB-3 category in August due to high demand. Other categories, such as EB-2 and EB-4, will see advancements in final action dates, while EB-5 categories will remain current.

In the family-sponsored categories, there will be advancements in some areas, such as F-1 Mexico advancing by more than four months to May 8, 2002, while other countries will see modest advancements or remain steady.

The Department of State advises that applicants stay informed and updated on the Visa Bulletin changes each month. For more information and consultation, individuals can contact the USCIS or seek legal advice from immigration attorneys. Stay connected for more updates on immigration-related news and changes.