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New Immigrant Application Filing Dates Announced for October - September 9, 2015

Please note, some dates included in the original post have been updated by the U.S. Department of State in a revised bulletin.  For the updates, please see our post from Monday, September 28th.


Some hoped-for change is finally here.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have coordinated a system to allow “early” filing of the final step in the green card process for certain people currently residing in the U.S., and who are eligible to “adjust status” but whose priority date is not yet “current.”

 

The system does not change the dates upon which immigrant visas (or “green cards”) may be issued, but it does allow USCIS to accept “adjustment of status” for later priority dates.  The purpose of the system is to streamline the visa issuance process and make sure that all immigrant visas are used in a fiscal year.

 

DOS will now provide two Visa Bulletin charts:

  • Application Final Action Dates:  This is the date that immigrant visas are actually being released. If your date is before the date published, you may receive your green card that month (in the past this is the date by which filing of adjustment of status applications was determined).
  • Dates for Filing Applications:  Below is the new chart that provides the date before which your priority date must be to file the adjustment of status application.  These dates are later than the Application Final Action Dates for October.

 

What does it all mean?

 

If you are in the United States and qualify to “adjust status” (i.e., file your “green card” application in the U.S.), you may do so if your priority date is before the Dates for Filing Applications in a particular month for your country and USCIS has indicated it will accept applications based on that date.  For October, USCIS will accept filings for adjustment of status for the following dates:

 

Family Sponsored Dates for Filing Applications

Family-
Sponsored

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland
born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

F1

01MAY09

01MAY09

01MAY09

01JUL95

01SEP05

F2A

01MAR15

01MAR15

01MAR15

01MAR15

01MAR15

F2B

01JUL10

01JUL10

01JUL10

01JAN96

01JAN05

F3

01APR05

01APR05

01APR05

01OCT96

01AUG95

F4

01FEB04

01FEB04

01FEB04

01MAY98

01JAN93


Employment-Based Dates for Filing Applications

Employment-
Based

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland
born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

01MAY14

01JUL11

C

C

3rd

01SEP15

01OCT13

01JUL05

01SEP15

01JAN15

Other Workers

01SEP15

01JAN07

01JUL05

01SEP15

01JAN15

4th

C

C

C

C

C

Certain Religious
Workers

C

C

C

C

C

5th Targeted
Employment Areas/
Regional Centers
and Pilot Programs

C

01MAY15

C

C

C

 

 

Applications may not reach USCIS before October 1.  For more information, please see:  http://www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo

 

We will be happy to assist in your visa application if you are eligible to file, please give us a call at 515-288-2500 or email Natalie or Tiana.