OCTOBER VISA BULLETIN WILL ALLOW GREEN CARD APPLICANTS TO FILE SOONER

As anticipated in our article last week, the visa bulletin now contains both an “acceptance” date and an “approval” date. The “acceptance” cut-off date sets the date for when an application may be filed, while the “approval” cut-off date regulates when a green card application may be approved. The approval dates will function in the same way as the previous cut-off dates, and can be found in the section of the bulletin titled “Application Final Action Dates”.  

 For example, unfortunately, the dates for EB-2 India have gone back to May 1, 2005. However, those with a priority date before July 1, 2011 will be eligible to file a I-485 application on October 1, 2015. This change will allow applicants to take advantage of many benefits in the meantime, including the ability to obtain employment authorization documents and advance parole.

Please refer to the chart below to see if you will be eligible to file a I-485 application next month. The letter “C” indicates that the category is current, and that applications may be filed regardless of priority date. If a date is listed, then only applicants with a priority date prior to the date listed may file their application.

*If you are now entitled to file a I-485 application, please see our recent posting titled I-140 Approved – What Should I Do When My Priority Date Is Current?. Some documents may be difficult to obtain, so it is important to begin the process as soon as possible.

 

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

 

Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is an immigration law firm in Houston, Texas. For over 15 years, our firm has successfully represented corporate clients across the United States in their efforts to bring foreign workers and business professionals to the United States. Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is highly experienced in working with employment-based visas, adjustment of status, green cards, and PERM labor certification. From filing, through approval, and on to appeal, we do everything possible to ensure that your company can bring the best and brightest in the world to the United States.