Starting today, USCIS will suspend final adjudication of employment-based Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjustment of Status because the Department of State reports that the statutory cap has been reached for the employment-based preference categories for fiscal year (FY) 2015. This suspension applies to all employment-based adjustment applications pending with USCIS through September 30, 2015 (the remainder of FY2015).
USCIS will continue to accept adjustment of status applications that are filed when the foreign national’s priority date is earlier than the cut-off date published in the September Visa Bulletin for his or her preference category and country of birth/chargeability. USCIS will resume final adjudication of employment-based adjustment applications beginning October 1, 2015, when visa numbers are again available.
Applicants filing Form I-485 on or after October 1, 2015, should review the “When to File” section on the Visa Bulletin info web page to determine whether they are eligible to file Form I-485.
Angela M. Lopez