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Urgent Time Sensitive News for Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents

Urgent Time Sensitive News for Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents

Courtesy of Murali Bashyam

For the first or perhaps the second time in the last 10 years, all priority dates for Family-based Category 2A will be current--for the month of August at least. Family-based category 2A includes spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 of Lawful Permanent Residents. 

This news is particularly relevant to spouses and children of LPRs who are living in the US legally in nonimmigrant visa status.  In this situation, it may be possible for these spouses and children to file adjustment of status applications without the usual "waiting for the priority date to become current".   Even if the priority date retrogresses before the green card is approved, employment authorization and travel benefits would be available until the green card application is approved.

Please contact our office to discuss whether or not you qualify. It is likely that adjustment applications would have to be filed in August in order to qualify.

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