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February Sees 4% Decrease in Green Card Backlog, Signaling Progress in Immigration System


WASHINGTON, DC- In January, the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) faced an immigrant visa (IV) backlog of 338,256 cases. However, by February, this backlog saw a reduction to 326,415 cases, marking a notable 4% decrease.

Additionally, there was a slight fluctuation in the number of green card applicants whose cases were deemed documentarily complete and poised for interview scheduling. In January, this figure stood at 380,407 cases, but by February, it slightly decreased to 374,532 cases, reflecting a 2% decline. A case achieves “documentarily complete” status once all requisite forms and documents have been submitted and accepted by the NVC, signifying readiness for interview scheduling.

Moreover, there was an uptick in the number of individuals scheduled for green card interviews in February. The count rose to 48,117 interviews, contrasting with the 42,151 interviews conducted in January, highlighting a noticeable increase in interview activity.

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