Select Green Card Priority Dates Pushed Back 6 Years

HIGHLIGHTS

Update: The October Visa Bulletin is now live. It reveals that the EB-1 preference categories for China and India are now current and there is no backlog.

If you are sponsoring an Indian or Chinese national via the EB-1 preference green card category, please note that the priority dates have retrogressed approximately six years.

We cannot predict when the EB-1 priority dates will be current again for Indian and Chinese nationals but it is possible it would happen in October when more immigrant visas become available per the government’s fiscal year, which runs from October to September.

What you should know:

  • This does not affect your ability to continue to file and seek an approved I-140. However, your eligibility to file Form I-485 to adjust status to a permanent resident ceases until your priority date is current.
  • If you have a current pending I-485 via an EB-1 preference immigrant petition and it was not approved before August 1, the petition will remain pending until you are current once more. Unfortunately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services does not offer a way to expedite I-485 applications if you fall into this bucket of people.

For additional details concerning how this impacts your green card case, contact your attorney.

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