Immigrants sue USCIS and DOS over rollback of green card filing dates. READ COMPLAINT –>

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 is 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.

But last week 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.

Late yesterday immigrants from across the US who would have been eligible to begin filing their adjustment of status applications on October 1 filed a class action lawsuit in Seattle, Washington asking a federal judge to reinstate the previously announced green card filing dates.  You can read the lawsuit —> here.

The legal complaint was filed by Greg Siskind of Memphis, Tennessee.

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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