Beginning October 1st, USCIS will allow many applicants to file for permanent residence before their priority date is current!
This exceptional change means that applicants (and their derivative family members!) can now get the extra benefits available to those with an Application for Permanent Residence pending, such as travel and employment authorization.
From the October Visa Bulletin for the Philippines:
Actual File for Permanent
Category Priority Date if Priority Date Before:
FB2A Apr 15, 2014 Mar 1, 2015
FB2B Oct 1, 2004 Jan 1, 2005
FB3 Oct 1, 1993 Aug 1, 1995
FB4 May 1, 1992 Jan 1, 1993
EB2 All All
EB3 Jan 1, 2007 Jan 1, 2015EB3 OW Jan 1, 2007 Jan 1, 2015
If you are legally eligible to ask for permanent residence without the need to leave the United States, AND if your Priority Date is earlier than the date shown in the far right column, you can file your application for Adjustment of Status on or after October 1, 2015.
BUT REMEMBER, you will not be granted Permanent Residence until your priority date actually becomes current. Also remember that if you do file early, as allowed under this new procedure, you will later have to update your permanent residence application (i.e. tax returns, new medical) before residence is granted.
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