On September 9, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a major overhaul of its system for determining adjustment of status eligibility for individuals with family-based or employment-based petitions in backlogged preference categories. This revised process will enhance the Department of State’s ability to more accurately predict overall immigrant visa demand and determine the cut-off dates for visa issuance published in the Visa Bulletin. This will help to ensure that the maximum number of immigrant visas is issued annually as intended by Congress and to minimize month-to-month fluctuations in Visa Bulletin final action dates.
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