Many immigrant visas (also known as “Green Cards”) are numerically limited annually by category and by country. Individual applicants receive priority dates. These dates indicate the applicant’s place in line, which determines when they are eligible to receive a immigrant visa. In most circumstances, the priority date is the filing date of the petition or labor certification application.
The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits. Only applicants who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date may be allotted a number.
To see the current priority date of any immigrant visa category, simply click here .