U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will once again use the Dates for Filing chart from the November 2019 Visa Bulletin to determine which applicants may file their adjustment of status applications. These dates are more advantageous for green card applicants for whom a green card number is not yet available, as they allow those applicants to apply for benefits such as employment authorization, travel permission, and access to potential green card portability provisions.
Below is a summary of the Dates for Filing chart.
|Category||All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed||China||El Salvador Guatemala Honduras||India||Mexico||Philippines|
|EB-1||July 1, 2019||September 1, 2017||July 1, 2019||March 15, 2017||July 1, 2019||July 1, 2019|
|EB-2||Current||August 1, 2016||Current||July 1, 2009||Current||Current|
|Current||March 1, 2017||Current||February 1, 2010||Current||Current|
Ogletree Deakins’ Immigration Practice Group will continue to monitor developments with respect to the Visa Bulletin and will post updates on the Immigration blog as additional information becomes available.