As the Covid-19 pandemic eases in some parts of the world including the U.S., in other countries like India, Brazil and Turkey it is still raging and taking lives. As a result, U.S. Consulates abroad are yet to function at its full capacity leading to delays and massive backlogs in visa appointments.
However, the visa bulletin released by the U.S. Department of State for June 2021 has some good news for employment based green card applicants. Priority dates for most employment based categories have moved forward by three, five or a good nine months.
For those who had previously filed their Adjustment of Status applications with Form I-485 and waiting for the final action dates to move forward, this is fantastic news.
Please note: All applicants waiting to file their I-485s, if your priority date is before the cut-off date as noted below, please begin preparing to file for adjustment of status. One approved, it would make you eligible to apply for an EAD, employment authorization document and advance parole (AP). Due to the travel ban against travelers from India, having an AP document is especially beneficial since obtaining a visa appointment at a consulate today in India is close to impossible.
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USCIS is yet to announce whether it will accept adjustment applications based on the Final Action dates chart, as it did last month, or on the Dates for Filing Chart.