Except for Schedule A certification, the Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, or I-140, priority date is the date of filing the Labor Certification. An Adjustment of Status application, I-485, can be filed once the I-140 priority date is current. Priority dates are very unpredictable. There are times when priority dates have moved a couple of years in one month. We have seen priority date movement of 6-7 years in one month.
If the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill passes in the House of Representatives, all priority dates will become current. This will allow all aliens with approved labor certifications to file their I-485 applications right away. Law makers should come to a decision on the bill within the next few weeks.
There are many documents required to file along with the I-485 application. Based on our experience, when priority dates become current, many of our clients have trouble obtaining their birth certificates. We recommend that you get your birth certificate from the appropriate authorities as soon as possible. If you are unable to get a birth certificate, please follow the directions provided in the link below:
Our office monitors the priority dates diligently. However, we recommend that those who are waiting for their priority dates to become current obtain their birth certificates and have them verified by an immigration attorney.
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.
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