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EB-1 Retrogression

As discussed in Friday’s blog post, the EB-1 category will retrogress on August 1st. A note in the visa bulletin stated that this retrogression would be immediate. It does look like this retrogression has already gone into effect and that USCIS’s system is currently not letting officers issue green cards for EB-1 applicants. This just happened to one of our clients in a green card interview. According to a practice alert issued by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, you can file an I-140/Adjustment of Status through the end of July. Interviews and adjudications will continue as scheduled the end of July as well. However, USCIS not be able to approve the case and issue a green card unless the priority date is prior to May 1, 2016. Should more information become available, we will update this blog post. Please note that EB-1 is expected to become current again on October 1, 2018.