USCIS to accept I-485s through August 17th

News Release from Jewell & Associates - July 17, 2007

We are delighted to report that the government has announced that it is withdrawing its July Visa Bulletin #108 and reverting to July Visa Bulletin #107, which makes all employment-based categories CURRENT for the rest of July (and in fact until August 17, 2007, to make up for the “lost” time created by the improvidently issued July Visa Bulletin #108).

This is a just and reasonable resolution to the recent controversy surrounding actions earlier this month by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) to overrule DOS’s July 2007 Visa Bulletin #107.  Under today’s announcement, regardless how recent the priority date (the filing date of an approved labor certification application or, in labor certification-exempt cases, the filing date of the I-140 immigrant petition), all employment-based immigrants may advance to the final stage of the green card process by filing their I-485 adjustment-of-status (AOS) applications with USCIS on or before Friday, August 17, 2007 -- concurrently with the I-140 immigrant petition if the I-140 was not already filed.  Applicants whose I-485s were received at USCIS on or after July 2nd and have been held there pending resolution of the controversy do not need to re-file.  USCIS intends to accept those filings and process them.

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