The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has revised its July Visa Bulletin to reflect that visa numbers are now “unavailable” in all employment-based immigrant visa categories, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will reject Form I-485 Adjustment of Status Applications received on or after today, July 2, 2007.

What does this mean for you?

If your I-485 Application was filed based upon an available visa number as of the DOS’s June Visa Bulletin, and the filing was received by the USCIS prior to July 2, 2007, it should be accepted for processing.

If your I-485 Application was received by the USCIS on July 2, 2007, it will likely be rejected and returned to the applicant. However, you may be issued a filing receipt notice from the USCIS. Contact your immigration counsel immediately to discuss possible scenarios and for additional guidance.

If your I-485 Application has not yet been filed, but you are in the process of gathering information and documents for the application preparation, continue to do so. New visa numbers should become available when the government’s fiscal year starts on October 1, 2007, and efforts by the immigration bar association are being made to provide some type of relief earlier than that. Seek legal advice for interim immigration planning. Stay tuned for more updates. If you have questions please contact your Gardere attorney or the Gardere Immigration Team at Immigrant Visa Cutoff