What is a Green Card?
Green Card is a Permanent Visa to USA. Green Card gives you the status of permanent resident and legal rights to work in United States. Once you have a green card you may apply for USA Citizenship. The Green Card does not affect your present citizenship.
What are the benefits of being a Green Card holder?
Green card gives you permanent U.S. resident status, which allows you the freedom to leave and return to the U.S., to seek employment, to study according to your wish. It gives you the same rights as an American citizen in most areas , and you can also retain your citizenship in your native country. With permanent resident status (green card), you can expand your business in America without any problems
What is a Priority Date?
A Priority Date is the date that a Labor Certification is filed with the Department of Labor or the date that an immigration petition is filed, whichever comes first. The purpose of a Priority Date is to identify when the alien may apply for an Adjustment of Status or may apply for an immigrant visa if outside the U.S. Each month, the State Department's Visa office publishes a table of cut off dates. The alien may apply for an Adjustment of Status (I-485) provided his/her immigration petition is approved and the alien's priority date is within the established cutoff date for his/her category.
How do I know, what is my Priority Date?
The Priority Date will be printed in the top portion of the Form I-140 receipt notice and/or approval notice.
What is the meaning of Priority date "Current"?
When a category is Oversubscribed, that is, there is a Quota Backlog, a waiting list is created and visa applicants are placed on the list according to their priority dates. Individuals will then have to wait for their priority dates to be reached, that is, become Current, before they may complete the final step for the issuance of a visa.
Quota Backlogs have also resulted in the retrogression of the Visa Bulletin dates for some Family-sponsored Preference Petitions and Employment Based Preference Petitions. This means that the Visa Bulletin dates for some categories may move backward.
The U.S. Department of State¡¯s Visa Bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers for each month. Visa applicants may check the dates listed on the Visa Bulletin in order to determine when they may file for their Green Card.
How do you know, if your Priority date is current?
You can see this in Visa Bulletin published by state dept monthly.
It is available at State Department's website at www.travel.state.gov
What is a cut-off date?
Whenever the demand for immigrant visas in a particular category exceeds the supply of numbers available for the month, the category is considered ¡°Oversubscribed¡± and the Visa Office will establish a ¡°Cut-Off Date¡± for the category. This means there is a ¡°Quota Backlog¡± for the particular category.

The Cut-Off Date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits. Only applicants who have a priority date earlier than the Cut-Off Date may be allotted a visa number.