Special Immigration Alert: July Visa Unavailability

The USCIS just announced that it will reject all permanent residence applications (Form I-485) filed by aliens whose priority dates are not current under the revised July 2007 Visa Bulletin.

This is based on an announcement that the Department of State made earlier today that it has issued a revised July 2007 Visa bulletin, which made "immediate adjustments?" to "several previously announced cut-off dates, "and that it has notified United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that, as of July 2, 2007, there will be no further authorizations for use of employment-based numbers?". This is due to the sudden backlog reduction efforts by the USCIS during the month of June, which has resulted in the use of almost 60,000 employment based numbers. In addition, the DOS indicates that no further numbers will be available until October 1, 2007.

The October 2007 Visa Bulletin will be issued by the State Department in mid-September 2007. At that time we will be in a much better position to determine who may be able to file for permanent residence and when.