Big news for people waiting for their priority dates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security LogoU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that beginning with the visa bulletin effective October 1, 2015, USCIS will accept I-485 applications to adjust status to Permanent Resident according to a separate filing date chart. This new filing date chart will be published in the visa bulletin alongside the usual chart outlining which priority dates are current. The new policy will allow principal and derivative beneficiaries to file I-485s (with accompanying applications for a work permit and travel document) before the priority date becomes current. This change will enable intending immigrants to obtain work and travel authorization while waiting for the priority date to become current.