USCIS has announced that for the month of October 2018, applicants for adjustment of status in both the family-based and employment-based categories may file their I-485 applications according to the Filing Date Charts. This means that you may file your I-485 application before your priority date is current, a huge benefit for many as this enables applicants and their dependents to obtain Employment Authorization and Advance Parole travel permits.
Here is an example of why this is an important opportunity:
Your green card category is EB-1 for Persons of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers, or Executives/Managers of International Companies. Your priority date is January 1, 2018. In October 2018, the priority date for EB-1 Worldwide will be April 1, 2017, which means you are months away from having a current priority date. However, the Filing Date Chart for Worldwide EB-1’s in October 2018 is June 1, 2018. Because USCIS has allowed applicants to use the Filing Date Chart in October, you and your dependents will be able to apply for adjustment of status this month. In this instance, there is no need for your priority date to become current in order to file.
If you have questions on how this could impact your green card application, please contact Berardi Immigration Law to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!