State Department Releases August 2023 Visa Bulletin

NOTE:  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will use the Final Action Dates chart for the August 2023 Visa Bulletin. Please check the USCIS website  for more information.  


The State Department has released the  August 2023 Visa Bulletin.  USCIS will use the Final Action Dates chart for employment-based categories. The updates below reflect information for employment-based categories.    

What are the Changes?           

In  August 2023, there are some notable changes from the July 2023 Visa Bulletin. This month there will be significant retrogression for EB-1 India, along with EB-3 for most countries except China. EB-3 China shows some advancement this month.  


EB-1 India will retrogress by over 10 years to Jan. 1, 2012. All other countries will move to Aug. 1, 2023 except for China, which will stay at Feb. 1, 2022.  


China will move ahead two months to June 1, 2019. India will stay unchanged at Jan. 1, 2009. All other EB-3 countries will retrogress nearly two years to May 1, 2020.  

Looking Ahead             

For more information about navigating the visa bulletin, please refer to this list of  frequently asked questions, prepared in collaboration with Corporate Immigration Partners (CIP) and Global Immigration Associates (GIA).     

Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Christina Elder, who is a Managing Attorney at Global Immigration Associates (GIA), one of the two independent U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the “U.S. Law Firms”).     

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.