NewsFlash! USCIS now Allows EB I-485 Filings through Aug 17, 2007

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued the August 2007 Visa Bulletin late this afternoon (July 17, 2007), showing “unavailability” in all the employment-based (EB) categories. The DOS also confirmed that it is withdrawing the July 2, 2007 revised Visa Bulletin, so that the original July 2007 Visa Bulletin remains in effect, showing availability for all EB applicants to file the I-485s in July, except for the narrow category of “other workers.” The original July Visa Bulletin of June 12, 2007, however, would have given only until July 31, 2007 to file I-485 cases with the USCIS.

Shortly after the DOS issuance of the August Visa Bulletin, the USCIS released an announcement that a revised procedure would accept I-485 Adjustment of Status applications received not later than Friday, August 17, 2007. The full text of the USCIS announcement is available at http://www.murthy.com/uscis_update.pdf. The USCIS announcement also stated that EB I-485 applications already properly filed at the USCIS would be accepted and that the current filing fees for all eligible July 2007 EB cases would remain in effect through August 17, 2007.

 

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