The State Department posted the Visa Bulletin for October 2015 in which the State Department has made significant changes. The change to the Visa Bulletin should shorten the time many people going through the green card process have to wait to be able to file an adjustment of status application, which is the final step in the green card process.
Under this new policy, any Filipino with an EB-3 priority date before January 1, 2015 will be able to apply for adjustment of status starting October 1, 2015. October Visa Bulletin Dates of Filing for Employment-Based Visa Applications are available for release. Any applicant and her/his spouse (and any children born abroad who are living lawfully in the U.S.) can submit their applications for adjustment of status (I-485 packets) in October 2015 and obtain their EADs and APs within 90 days. This rule applies whether the I-140 is approved or is still pending. So there is no need to wait for October for the I-140 to be approved.
For example, beginning October 1, those chargeable to India with approved EB-2 I-140 petitions and their qualified dependents may file I-485 applications if they have Priority Date earlier than July 1, 2011, even though adjudication of such I-485 in October requires a Priority Date earlier than May 1, 2005.
The change does not reduce the amount of time it will take applicants to obtain a green card, but will allow earlier green card filing for many applicants, mainly from India and China. It will take effect on October 1, 2015 which allows thousands of immigrants with backed-up priority dates in the employment-based and family-based categories to apply for adjustment of status even though their priority dates are not current yet. This rule will work not only for the principal immigrants; their immediate family members will receive the same benefits.