It is an exciting time for many foreign nationals living in the United States. During the last four months, the EB-2 priority dates for India and China have moved forward over two years. As a result, many employment-based immigrants have been able to file Applications for Adjustment of Status earlier than they ever expected. At times such as this, many forget about the possibility of Visa Bulletin retrogression, the "rolling back" of priority dates.
Visa Bulletin Retrogression is of particular concern for foreign nationals that are intending to or already are married. Spousal concerns can prevent or delay the filing of Adjustments of Status Applications. Such, when combined with Visa Bulletin retrogression can be devastating. As the Department of State has recently stated that Visa Bulletin retrogression is likely to occur soon (See HERE) we thought we would take the opportunity to discuss two common issues that face employment-based Adjustment of Status Applicants with regards to their families:
Delaying Adjustment of Status due to Impending Marriage
United States immigration law permits only pre-existing spouses to immigrate to the United States with the principal employment-based immigrant. That is, a couple must be married before the employment-based immigrant receives their green card. Thus, intending employment-based immigrants sometimes delay filing for Adjustment of Status until after they are married so that their new spouse can immigrate to the United States with them.
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