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USCIS and DOS Announce Changes to Permanent Residence Application Process

On September 9, 2015, USCIS announced that in conjunction with the Department of State (DOS), it is revising the procedures for determining when an application for adjustment of status may be filed.  This change implements part of President Obama’s November 2014 executive actions on immigration.  The change will begin with the Visa Bulletin for October 2015.  There are two important dates listed on the monthly Visa Bulleting:  the “filing date” that determines when individuals can submit their permanent residence applications, and the “final action” date that indicates when DOS or USCIS can make a decision on the applications.