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USCIS to Accept Significantly Advanced Dates for Filing Employment-Based Adjustment Applications in October

By: Allison S. Hall

About: Immigration

September 25, 2020 – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its October 2020 Visa Bulletin reflecting significant advancement of priority dates in certain immigrant visa categories. Following the release of the bulletin, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will honor the bulletin’s Dates for Filing Chart for employment-based adjustment applications filed this October.

The Dates for Filing Chart includes significant advancement of priority dates for various employment-based categories for Indian and Chinese nationals. In October, priority dates on or before the following cutoff dates will be honored by the USCIS:

In the bulletin, the DOS projects rapid movement forward for all employment-based categories for Chinese and Indian nationals and that all employment-based categories will remain current for all other countries. Visa bulletins are released by the DOS on a monthly basis summarizing the availability of immigrant visas by application type.

Ulmer keeps a close eye on breaking immigration news from across the country. For more information about the advancement of priority dates by USCIS, please reach out to our Immigration Law Group.

The information provided in this client alert speaks only to the information and guidance we have available as of the date of publication and is subject to change. We will continue to follow further issued guidance and regulations and endeavor to post those updates via our website. Please continue to follow these updates at This legal update was created by Ulmer & Berne LLP, and is not intended as a substitute for professional legal advice. Receipt of this client alert, by itself, does not create an attorney client relationship. For any questions, or for further information, please contact Allison S. Hall at