The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for December 2023 includes a reminder that the non-minister special immigrant program expires on November 17, 2023. No SR visas may be issued overseas, or final action taken on adjustment of status cases, after midnight November 16, 2023, unless Congress extends the program. Visas issued before that date are valid only until November 16, 2023, and all individuals seeking admission in the non-minister special immigrant category must be admitted into the United States by November 16, 2023.

The bulletin notes that the SR category is listed as “Unavailable” for all countries for December. If Congress extends the category, the bulletin says, it is likely that it will become available immediately. If extended, the category will be subject to the same final action dates as the other employment fourth preference categories per applicable foreign state of chargeability.

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