A visa must be available before a person can obtain an employment-based green card.Because more people want a green card than there are visas available, not everyone who wants a green card can get one immediately. Department of State (DOS) gives out 140,000 employment-based visas each year.Therefore, some people have to wait in line until a visa is available. About 85% of those visas go to people seeking a green card in the United States, while about 15% go to people seeking to immigrate from abroad.
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How long you wait for a visa depends on the supply and demand for your particular preference category, your priority date, and the country your visa will be charged to, usually your country of birth.
Q: How can I determine my place in line based on my priority date?
Your preference category, priority date, and country of origin determine your place in line for a visa.
The earlier your priority date is, the closer you are to the front of the line.
The report is broken down into separate charts for each preference classification.
If you are from a country other than China, India, Mexico, or the Philippines, you can use this chart to determine how many applicants for adjustment of status in the same preference classification have a priority date in the same month and year as your own.
This chart also lets you know how many applicants in the same preference classification have earlier priority dates.
Because of historically higher demand for visas from China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines, each of those countries has its own separate report.
To better assist you in knowing your place in line, we are posting a report of our total pending inventory of applications for employment-based green cards (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) for those seeking to adjust status in the United States.