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November Visa Bulletin Details Information on Religious Workers Category, Employment Second Category

The November 2022 Visa Bulletin reflected updates in the Religious Workers category as well as the potential need for visa availability in the Employment Second category.

Congress enacted H.R. 6833 on September 30, 2022, which extended the Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR) category to December 16, 2022. No SR visas may be issued overseas, or final action taken on adjustment of status cases, after midnight December 15, 2022. Visas issued prior to that date will be valid only until December 15, 2022, and all individuals seeking admission in the non-minister special immigrant category must be admitted (repeat admitted) into the United States no later than midnight December 15, 2022.

Increased demand in the Employment Second category may call for the establishment of a worldwide final action date in the coming months to hold number use within the maximum allowed under the Fiscal Year 2023 annual limit. This situation will be continually monitored, and any necessary adjustments will be made.


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