Message from Mr. Litwin regarding Visa Availability

I can't believe it! I took off Wednesday morning, June 13th to attend the annual conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Orlando and by the time I landed, the news had hit that all employment-based categories will become current in July. This unanticipated turn of events means a lot of work for us, but what does it mean to you?

For some of those who have been waiting to immigrate, it has been a lengthy process. For those who filed a while ago, it means that they have the possibility of getting their permanent residence adjudicated within the next month of so. For those who have been waiting to be able to file, they will be able to do so, as well.

However, merely filing does not necessarily mean that the process will be concluded in the near future. I anticipate that by October, the numbers will retrogress considerably. What this means is that persons who apply for adjustment of status, may have their adjustment of status applications pending for a year or two, or even longer, before the numbers become available again. Luckily, these persons will be able to remain in the United States, as long as the process is pending.

One of the primary advantages of filing for adjustment of status is that spouses and children will be able to obtain work authorization, as well as travel authorization, if decided.

There is more to be said, however, if you should have any questions about this unexpected turn of events, please do not hesitate to contact our office at [email protected] or by telephone (650) 588-7100.