USCIS AND DOS ANNOUNCE CHANGES TO PERMANENT RESIDENCE APPLICATION PROCESS
USCIS announced today that, in conjunction with the Department of State (DOS), it is revising the procedures for determining when an application for adjustment of status may be filed, thus implementing part of President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions on immigration.
Starting with the Visa Bulletin for October 2015, there are two important dates listed on the monthly Visa Bulletin: the “filing date,” which determines when individuals can submit their permanent residence applications, and the “final action” date, which indicates when DOS or USCIS can make a decision on the applications. This additional information will help applicants determine when to file and when a decision can be expected. While these dates are not set in stone, they are a helpful guide to clients and practitioners.