U.S Announces Record Number Of Green Cards Available In 2022
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced that a record number of employment-based immigrant visas ( green cards) will be available in Fiscal Year 2022 (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022).
In Fiscal Year 2022, it is estimated that the excess of family-based green cards will be 150,000 which will allow for more than 290,000 employment-based green cards to be available, which is a record.
The unused family-based green cards are normally added to employment based green cards later.
Current year, due to the Covid-19, there were less number of family-based green cards processed by the U.S. consulates abroad and thus the excess will be added to employment based green cards.
The processing of employment-based green cards is done in the country itself.
In Fiscal Year 2021, the excess was approximately 122,000 green cards which allowed for more than 262,000 employment-based green cards to be available.
Each year, a total of 140,000 green cards are available in the employment-based categories and no single country can use more than 7% of the total.