U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has posted information regarding when to file your adjustment of status application for family-sponsored or employment-based preference visas for February 2019. If you want to adjust your status, the information included in the charts in this article will help you decide when to file your application.
Your priority date is the date your employer or relative filed the immigrant visa petition on your behalf. Or, if a labor certification is needed with your immigrant visa petition, it is the date the labor certification application was accepted by the Department of Labor.
I5 and R5 visas are not being issued at this time due to the scheduled expiration of these categories. EB-4 SR visas, for religious workers, are also not being authorized. They are currently unavailable and will remain so until Congress reauthorizes them, but because of the current government shutdown this may take some time. If these categories are reauthorized, I5, R5, and EB-4 SR visas will become current for most countries.
USCIS takes into consideration a multitude of factors when determining visa availability. If the supply of visas is greater than the demand for those visas, visas will be unavailable until supply decreases or demand increases. To determine availability, USCIS compares the number of visas available for the rest of the fiscal year with three main statistics:
This blog post does not serve as legal advice and does not establish any client-attorney privilege. Do not take any action based on the information contained in this post without consulting a qualified immigration attorney. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team directly.
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