|What is a 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?
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
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?
Priority Date will be printed in the top portion
of the Form I-140 receipt notice and/or approval
|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
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
|How do you
know, if your Priority date is current?
can see this in Visa Bulletin published by
state dept monthly.
It is available at State Department's website
|What is a cut-off
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.