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May 2022 Visa Bulletin Update

The EB-5 Visa Bulletin for May 2022 has been released by the U.S. Department of State- Bureau of Consular Affairs.

EB-5 REFORM

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, which reauthorizes and improves the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program, was executed on March 15, 2022. The Department of State has continued the processing visa applications based on approved Employment-Based Fifth Preference Regional Center petitions that were filed with USCIS on or before June 30, 2021.

Chart A for Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Categories and Chart B Dates for Filing of Employment-Based Visa Applications were updated to reflect various new solutions outlined in the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022, mainly the creation of two groups of visa numbers within the EB-5 category. One group of numbers is ‘reserved’ for certain set-aside categories while the remaining available numbers remain ‘unreserved’.

Chart A for Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Categories reflect final action dates for May that are effective immediately for the month of April. The Employment-Based Fifth Preference Unreserved (C5, T5, and all others) is Current for all countries; the Employment-Based Fifth Preference Unreserved (I5 and R5) categories are Current for all countries except China-mainland born, which is subject to a 22NOV15 final action date; and all set-aside categories are Current for all countries. It may become necessary to establish a China-mainland born final action date and application filing date for the C5 and T5 categories as early as June to keep number use within the maximum allowed under the FY-2022 annual limits if sufficient demand materializes.

FINAL ACTION DATES

EB-5: Final Action Dates are current for all countries, except for the I5 and R5 Regional Center programs under which China is subject to a cut-off date of November 22, 2015.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Preference Cases

EB-5: The Non-Regional Center program remains current for all countries. The Regional Center program remains current for all countries except for China. The cut-off date for China will remain at December 15, 2015