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Visa approvals for family preference categories fall significantly in FY 2017

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 4, 2018

    Reuters, analyzing USCIS data, reports that the number of immigrant visas in the family preference categories fell in FY 2017, to the lowest levels in more than a decade, with just over 540,800 approvals. The change is reportedly due to an overall slowdown in adjudications and increase in denials of immigrant visa petitions. [ID #703]

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  2. Effective Date

    January 4, 2018
  4. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    December 15, 2021

    FY2021 USCIS Annual Statistics

    USCIS' annual statistical report shows that the agency completed processing of 755,100 family-based petitions in fiscal 2021, down from the 840,800 completed in fiscal 2020 but up from the 598,400 completed in fiscal 2017. The report does not address the number of petitions approved or denied.

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Current Status

Partially in effect
December 15, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Reported
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: USCIS


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