BREAKING: State Department revises October visa bulletin, rolling back green card “Filing Dates”

Earlier this month, as part of President Obama’s executive actions, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Department of State announced a streamlined green card process which allows applicants with approved immigrant visa petitions who are subject to backlog to file their adjustment of status (green card) applications BEFORE their priority dates are current.  This was significant because it will allow backlogged applicants to port to new employers and will permit them and their spouses to file for employment authorization and advance parole.  The development was welcome news to many long backlogged Chinese and Indian advance skill professionals.  Many were looking forward to October 1 when they could begin filing their applications for adjustment to green card status.

Not so fast.

Today the USCIS and DOS issued a revised visa bulletin pushing back the October 1, 2015 green card filing dates, effectively preventing many immigrants from applying for their green cards and sending them back to backlog purgatory.

Here’s who’s been moved back by today’s revised bulletin:

  • EB2 China: Moved from 5/1/2014 to 1/1/2013 (1 year 5 months)
  • EB2 India: Moved from 7/1/2011 to 7/1/2009 (2 years)
  • EB3 Philippines: Moved from 1/1/2015 to 1/1/2010 (5 years)
  • FB1 Mexico: Moved from 7/1/1995 to 4/1/1995 (3 months)
  • FB3 Mexico: Moved from 10/1/1996 to 5/1/1995 (1 year 5 months)

This is a shining example of the broken system.

About David Leopold
Past President American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), In-the-Trenches practicing immigration Attorney, Blogger, Activist, Photographer, Educator, World Traveler. All opinions are my own.

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