Thousands of skilled overseas workers has been left out as they are not able to file an early application for the adjustment of the status to the green card visa of the US which is also an employment-based visa, after the US State Department had revised this month’s visa bulletin without any explanation, which was issued on 9th of last month. Again the revised visa bulletin was issued on last month’s 25th severely restricting those who can apply. The processing time for permanent residence remained unchanged for submitting early application for the adjustment of the status; this will enable the applicant for working freely under any employer and will also make travelling easier.
Those immigrants with higher skills were thinking that they will be able to make early application for becoming the permanent residents legally, but they were left out without any opportunity of applying for a US permanent visa. And they also spend good amount of money on legal and medical fees while preparing for filing an application.
Most of the immigrants who are affected by the decision of the State Department are from India and China. As many of the applicants are those, who are holding advanced degrees and those who have worked for the technological companies or in the field of medicine.
They were hoping that they can file the application of the US green card visa for the adjustment of the status in few cases years before than they were expecting previously. That would have enabled them for securing their authorization status of work and the capability to travel without any difficulty while they wait for obtaining the Green Cards.
Many overseas workers who are in the US on job-based non immigrant visas were expecting that they will benefit from the early filings of the job-based immigrant visa.
However, the USCIS revised its initial visa bulletin, which reduces the number of eligible candidates to apply for early by presenting the new dates of filing for the adjustment of the status for many migrants. And they also did not give any indication of when they can file early and will they be able to get the benefit from the early filings.