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I-140 Approved – What Should I Do When My Priority Date Is Current?

According to various sources, the US Department of State is currently in the process of making major changes to its system for determining immigrant visa availability. It is anticipated that the new system will result in major changes to the current priority date system. According to the released details, the new Visa Bulletin will most likely contain two separate cut-off dates. The first, an “approval” cut-off date, regulates when a green card application may be approved. This will function in the same way as the current cut-off dates. The second, an “acceptance” cut-off date, sets the date for when an application may be filed.

Because of these changes, foreign nationals will be able to file for a green card before their priority date is actually current. It is likely that the “acceptance” cut-off dates will be several years before the “approval” cut-off dates in India and China. This could allow for you to file for your green card much sooner than expected.

The sooner you file a permanent labor application the better your chances will be of getting approval in enough time to avoid a deadline similar to the one that occurred in 2007. For this reason, it is important to be prepared to file for your green card.

Based on our experience when the priority date becomes current we experience problems with our clients where they will have trouble in obtaining the birth certificates. In order to file for your green card, you will need to have a copy of your Birth Certificate. We recommend that you get the birth certificate right now from the appropriate authorities. If you are unable to get the same please follow the directions given to you at this link.

We will diligently monitor any reforms and will be sure to keep you updated. We look forward to assisting you in any way we can. If you have any questions please come to the daily conference calls that we conduct every day. Please find the link that gives the timing of our daily conference calls.

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