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immigration processing times and Priority Dates

All categories of immigrant visas are issued in the chronological order in which the petitions were filed until the numerical limit for the category is reached. The filing date of a petition becomes the applicant 's priority date. 


Immigrant visas cannot be issued until an applicant's priority date is reached. In certain heavily oversubscribed categories, there may be a waiting period of several years before a priority date is reached. 

Check the Visa Bulletin for the latest priority dates

See USCIS Processing times here.

To have a better understanding of the immigration laws on each topic, we suggest you also read the corresponding sections in our Immigration Information A to Z.


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IMMIGRATION FAQ