DOS implements changes to immigrant visa availability system - lists an Action Date and Filing Date. Allows early filing for I-485 Adjustment Application
In November 2014, the President announced a series of Executive Actions on immigration along with a Presidential Memorandum calling for the modernization and optimization of immigrant visa issuance system. In accordance withe call for modernization, Department of State is implementing a new system to regulate the issuance of immigrant visas. Going forward the visa bulletin published by DOS will have two cut off dates for each visa category - "Filing Action Date" and "Filing Date". An application can be approved only when the priority date is earlier than the Action Date. This is similar to the cut-off date established in the current bulletin. Filing Date is the new feature and it allows filing of adjustment applications (I-485) even when visa is not available for approval. This is a significant change in the system and will allow early filing of adjustment application and all other attached benefits like EAD and Advance Parole as long as the priority date is earlier than the acceptance date. Visa Bulletin for October 2015 is available in the DOS website. If your date is earlier than the filing date for your category, please contact Sikal & Associates for further action. This is a new development and we are still following up for more information and keep our clients updated when we receive additional information. For more information please contact Sikal & Associates.