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Visa Bulletin – November 2016

Visa Bulletin is a monthly publication prepared by the US Department of State. It provides the availability of immigrant visa numbers during the month of publication.

Visa Bulletin is intended as a guide for consular officials, attorneys and immigrant visa applicants who would like to know if visas are immediately available for individuals in particular categories.

This Visa Bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant visas for coming month of November.

Revised Procedure for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

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.