If you want to adjust your status to become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based visa, you must first have a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf. Then, USCIS will need to approve this petition. After approval, you will need to file a Form I-485, or an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
The visa bulletin charts will help you determine when to file your form I-485. If the date on the chart is current (C) or if your priority date is earlier than the date on the chart, you can file your adjustment of status application. Your priority date can be the date when your relative or employer filed the immigrant visa petition on your behalf with USCIS or the date your labor certification (LCA) was accepted by the Department of Labor. For family-sponsored filings, use the Dates for Filing chart in the visa bulletin. For employment-based preference filings, use the Final Action Dates chart also found in the visa bulletin. You can also visit this link to the USCIS website for additional help when determining when to file.
The Department of State also offers a recorded message with the visa final action dates. It is updated around the 10th of each month with the information for the following month. Call (202)-485-7699 to hear the December message with the January dates.
Read the entire announcement from USCIS here.
View our resources on Family Sponsorship for Visas and Permanent Residency.
View our blog post about the February 2020 Visa Bulletin.
This blog post does not serve as legal advice and does not establish any client-attorney privilege. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team directly.
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