This morning USCIS announced that retrogression is back and all Employment Based (EB) numbers are Unavailable until they announce new dates in October 2007.
In the middle of Jun USCIS announced that all EB categories will be current in July effectively making it possible for everyone to at least file their I-485 (Adjustment of Status) applications. However, this it turns out was just a cruel joke. Today, on the first business day of July they come up with a revised bulletin.
Effective Monday July 2, 2007 there will be no further authorizations in response to requests for Employment-based preference cases. All numbers available to these categories under the FY-2007 annual numerical limitation have been made available.
Most people were of the view that all applications filed in July will just be sent back potentially wasting thousands of dollars for applicants in legal and medical examination fees! However it is impossible to say from the bulletin itself whether this is the case. So just to clear everyone else’s doubts, they issued this press release, which states that –
As a result, beginning today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is rejecting applications to adjust status (Form I-485) filed by aliens whose priority dates are not current under the revised July Visa Bulletin.
which means basically that all employment based applications will be rejected. Best of luck to everyone in this boat!
IMHO, US needs to do something to help legal immigrants before they attempt to help the illegals. Also by not allowing people to file their I-485s, USCIS prevents wives and children of legal immigrants from working legally in the country, essentially paving the way for more illegal workers. I for one do not understand the whole concept of not filing I-485s. They can retrogress all they want but why not let people file I-485s whenever so they can get promoted, switch jobs if their employer goes bust, allow spouses to work legally etc. instead of this obviously broken system as it stands.