State Department may change the way it determines immigrant visa availability

News Release from Jewell & Associates, PC According to a news item posted online on September 3, 2015 by the National Law Review, there may soon be a change to the way the U.S. Department of State determines immigrant visa availability under the statutory system of preference categories and per-country quotas.  Instead of a single cut-off date for each country of chargeability in each preference category, the monthly State Department Visa Bulletin may begin providing two cut-off dates – one governing when an I-485 application to adjust status to permanent residence may be filed, and one governing when a pending I-485 may be approved.

The net effect would be to make the benefits of a pending I-485 application available sooner to prospective immigrants than under the current system.  We note that no official confirmation of this potential change has yet been provided.  We will report on further details as they become available.

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