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More Work-Based Green Cards Available in 2022 Than Ever Before

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A record number of 290,000 employment-based immigrant visas (green cards) will be available in Fiscal Year 2022 for those seeking employment in the United States, a nearly 11% increase from last year.

Record Number of Green Cards Available

Only 140,000 employment-based green cards are available during a standard year; however, if there is an unused number of family-based immigrant visas in the year prior, this can carry over into the following year. FY 2021 saw an overflow of 150,000 green cards (the most on record), allowing for a significant uptick in the number available in 2022. That being said, each individual country is only permitted to use 7% of this total.

Eligibility for an Employment-Based Green Card

If looking to apply for an employment-based immigrant visa during FY 2022, it's important first to understand whether you meet the eligibility requirements. Anyone who is currently in the United States must meet these requirements:

  • File a Form I-485;
  • You are in the United States after being inspected and admitted or inspected and paroled;
  • Physically present in the U.S. at the time of filing the Form I-485;
  • The job offered to you under Form I-140 still exists with that employer, and you plan to accept upon Form I-485 approval;
    • If self-petitioning, you must be in the same or similar field of work as specified in Form I-140.
  • No bars to adjustment of status apply to you;
  • The U.S. deems you admissible for lawful permanent residence or eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility; AND
  • Merit favorable exercise of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services discretion.

When to Apply

The U.S. Department of State releases a monthly bulletin detailing when to file your employment-based visa application. Note that this may vary based on country of origin and other factors and is subject to change. You can find a database of these bulletins here.

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Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A. has been helping people from around the world achieve their American dream since 1976. Our team of over 80 employees in nearly a dozen offices nationwide is here to provide assistance for your employment-based visa application or any other immigration services you may need.

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