Big news last week from the USCIS and DOS. Applicants with approved I-130s and I-140 immigrant visa petitions can now file for immigrant visas through the Department of State or adjustment of status through USCIS before their priority dates are current. The actual visa/green card/adjustment cannot be approved until the priority date is current, but filing ahead of time may allow for the visa/green card to be approved as soon as is available.
Until now, the immigrant visa/adjustment application could not be submitted until the priority date was current, which resulted in lengthy waits for approval during a period when the individual technically was eligible to already have the visa/green card in hand.
Visit the USCIS website for this important change.