In a recent announcement on the utilization of available employment-based visas, USCIS urged those eligible for an employment-based adjustment of status to file their adjustment of status application as soon as possible.
The application must be accompanied by a valid Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.
USCIS added that it would increase the pace of these adjudications by prioritizing employment-based adjustment of status applications to limit the potential for employment-based visa numbers to go unused.
After obtaining an approved employment-based immigrant visa petition, there are two ways to become a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), also known as obtaining a Green Card, through an employment-based preference category.
Noncitizens may seek LPR status through adjustment of status in the United States or consular processing of an immigrant visa with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) overseas.
Here’s the employment-based green card process in a nutshell
1. Pursuing an immigrant visa with DOS
2. Adjusting status through USCIS
Fact: Typically, 83% of employment-based immigrants pursue adjustment of status with USCIS, while 17% consular process with the Department of State.
Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
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