US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the filing dates for applicants for adjustment of status to legal permanent residency for February 2020. Applicants in the F-2A category of family-based cases (spouses and children under 21 of legal permanent residents) may use the “Final Action Dates” chart for February 2020. For all other family-based cases (beneficiaries of the approved Form I-130 immigrant visa petition), individuals should use the “Dates for Filing” chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for February 2020.
For employment-based beneficiaries (approved Form I-140 immigrant visa petitions on their behalf), they must use the “Dates for Filing” chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for February 2020. The one exception is for applicants in the Employment 3rd and Other Worker categories from all chargeability areas other than China, India and the Philippines – they must use the Final Action Dates chart for February 2020.
For the employment-based filing dates chart, the EB1 worldwide category is current and is at October 1, 2017, for China and at March 15, 2017, for India. The EB2 worldwide category is now current, for India is at July 1, 2009, and for China is at August 1, 2016. The EB3 worldwide category is at January 1, 2019, and for China is at March 1, 2017, and at February 1, 2010, for India.
Applicants for adjustment of status and immigrant visas who have a priority date earlier than the date in the December Visa Bulletin chart for their category may either file their case with USCIS or start the processing abroad at a US consulate.