U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, beginning immediately, it will accept employment-based applications to adjust status (Form I-485) filed by aliens whose priority dates are current under the July Visa Bulletin, No. 107. USCIS will accept applications filed not later than August 17, 2007.
This is a fantastic victory for those who campaigned against the Department of State’s (DOS) revised July Visa Bulletin (No. 108) dated July 2, 2007. This Visa Bulletin has been withdrawn by the DOS and the original July Visa Bulletin that shows all employment-based categories (except Other Workers) as ‘current’ should be relied upon as the correct July Visa Bulletin.
USCIS’s announcement allows anyone who was eligible to apply under the original July Visa Bulletin a full month’s time to do so. Applications that are already properly filed with USCIS will also be accepted. The current fee schedule will apply to all applications filed under the original July Visa Bulletin (No. 107) through August 17, 2007. The new fee schedule that becomes effective on July 30, 2007 will apply to all other applications filed on or after July 30, 2007.