The Oc­to­ber 2017 pri­or­ity dates

The Philippine Star - - NEWS OPINION - MICHAEL J. GURFINKEL, ESQ

Each month, the Visa Of­fice of the State De­part­ment pub­lishes, in the Visa Bul­letin, the pri­or­ity dates for that par­tic­u­lar month, for the var­i­ous fam­ily and em­ploy­ment based cat­e­gories. A pri­or­ity date is a per­son’s “place in line” for a visa, mean­ing im­mi­grant visas (or green cards) would be avail­able for per­sons whose pri­or­ity date is ear­lier than the cut-off date listed be­low. If your pri­or­ity date was “cur­rent,” but later ret­ro­gressed (or “moved back­wards” and be­came un­avail­able) be­fore your im­mi­grant visa was is­sued (or be­fore you ad­justed sta­tus in the US), you would have to wait un­til it be­comes cur­rent again.

Be­gin­ning last Oc­to­ber 2015, the for­mat of the Visa Bul­letin changed, in that a new col­umn was added, called the “Ap­pli­ca­tion Fil­ing Date.” If a per­son's pri­or­ity date is ear­lier than the Ap­pli­ca­tion Fil­ing Date, they can al­ready file for ad­just­ment of sta­tus and work au­tho­riza­tion (pro­vided they are oth­er­wise el­i­gi­ble and USCIS in­di­cates on its web­site it will use the Ap­pli­ca­tion Fil­ing Date for that month). This could al­low peo­ple to ob­tain work au­tho­riza­tion much sooner than be­fore, where they had to wait for the pri­or­ity date to be cur­rent (in the Visa Is­suance Date col­umn) in or­der to both file for ad­just­ment and be el­i­gi­ble for a green card.

The pri­or­ity dates for the Philip­pines are as fol­lows:

Michael J. Gurfinkel has been an at­tor­ney for over 35 years and is li­censed, and an ac­tive mem­ber of the State Bars of Cal­i­for­nia and New York. All im­mi­gra­tion ser­vices are pro­vided by, or un­der the su­per­vi­sion of, an ac­tive mem­ber of the State Bar of Cal­i­for­nia. Each case is dif­fer­ent and re­sults may de­pend on the facts of the par­tic­u­lar case. The in­for­ma­tion and opin­ions con­tained herein (in­clud­ing tes­ti­mo­ni­als, “Suc­cess Sto­ries,” en­dorse­ments and reen­act­ments) are of a gen­eral na­ture, and are not in­tended to ap­ply to any par­tic­u­lar case, and do not con­sti­tute a pre­dic­tion, war­ranty, guar­an­tee or le­gal ad­vice re­gard­ing the out­come of your le­gal mat­ter. No at­tor­ney-client re­la­tion­ship is, or shall be, es­tab­lished with any reader.

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