What's New in the World of Immigration?

10/14/2015 - Another Update to the Visa Bulletin - from the Department of State

The Department of State has just announced that each month, it will determine whether or not applicants for immigrant visas can apply under the "Dates for Filing" chart (the earlier dates) as opposed to the "Final Action" chart. The DOS will make this determination each month depending on how many visa applicants are currently applying for available visas. This means that instead of accepting the two-tier system as a given each month, applicants will have to check if the DOS is allowing applications in the earlier category prior to filing their applications.

This directly from the Department of State:

"Beginning with the November 2015 Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin, if USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for a fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, we will state on www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo that applicants may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart. Unless otherwise stated on our website, the Application Final Action Date chart will be used to determine when individuals may file their adjustment of status applications."

"We anticipate making this determination each month and posting the relevant chart on our website within one week of DOS’ publication of the Visa Bulletin. "

If you have any questions about when to file your case, do not hesitate to contact a qualified immigration attorney.