The worldwide level for annual employment-based preference immigrants is at least 140,000. INA Section 203(e) provides that family-sponsored and employment-based preference visas be issued to eligible immigrants in the order in which a petition in behalf of each has been filed.
Section 202 prescribes that the per-country limit for preference immigrants is set at 7% of the total annual family-sponsored and employment-based preference limits, i.e., 25,620. Section 203(d) provides that spouses and children of preference immigrants are entitled to the same status, and the same order of consideration, if accompanying or following to join the principal.
The “C” listing indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of the applicant’s priority date.
The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who cannot submit documentation to the National Visa Center for an immigrant visa.
If a category is designated “current,” all applicants in the relevant category may file applications, regardless of priority date.
A.) this month for filing applications for adjustment of status with USCIS. The Department of State has a recorded message with the cut-off date information for Final Application Action which can be heard at: (202) 485-7699.
This recording is updated on or about the tenth of each month with information on cut-off dates for the following month. Section 203(c) of the INA provides up to 55,000 immigrant visas each fiscal year to permit additional immigration opportunities for persons from countries with low admissions during the previous five years.
for: “Application Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center.