The Department of State has released its September 2020 Visa Bulletin with cut-off dates for employment-based and family-sponsored preference categories. The USCIS next month will accept Forms I-485 for employment-based applicants and persons sponsored in the F2A family-sponsored preference category according to the Visa Bulletin’s Final Action Dates chart.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently published the September 2020 Visa Bulletin with the latest cut-off dates for employment-based and family-sponsored preference categories.1
Next month, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept Forms I-485, Applications to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, for employment-based applicants and persons sponsored in the F2A family-sponsored preference category according to the Visa Bulletin’s “Final Action Dates” chart.2 USCIS will accept Forms I-485 for applicants in all other family-sponsored preference categories using the Visa Bulletin’s “Dates for Filing” chart.
Each month, the DOS releases a Visa Bulletin indicating the availability of statutorily limited visas for prospective immigrants.3 The cut-off dates reflected in the Visa Bulletin, coupled with USCIS’ confirmation of which chart will apply, dictate eligibility to file a Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, in a given month. In addition, the Final Action Dates chart in the applicable Visa Bulletin determines whether pending Forms I-485 may be approved.
The cut-off dates under the Final Action Dates chart for employment-based immigrant visas will be as follows:
In September 2020, the cut-off dates for the filing of family-sponsored adjustment of status applications under the Dates for Filing chart will be as follows:
KPMG Law LLP in Canada monitors Visa Bulletins closely. We will endeavor to keep readers of GMS Flash Alert posted on any important developments as and when they occur.
1 U.S. Department of State website.
2 See the “Adjustment of Status Filing Charts from the Visa Bulletin” page on the USCIS website.
3 For our prior coverage of the July 2020 Bulletin, see GMS Flash Alert 2020-290, June 22, 2020.
* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services or legal services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.
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