Q: My I-130 is still under process, but visa bulletin dates are current, can I file I-485?
My Spouse is Permanent residence (Green Card) of the United States, I filed my i-130 and my priority date mentioned in the receipt is 6th May 2019, but the visa bulletin for July 2019 for F2A category is showing up Current (C). My question is, with the reference of the July's visa bulletin, can I file my i-485 even though my priority date is 6th May 2019 but the visa bulletin for July 2019 is Current?
A: The answer on this is generally yes, assuming you have otherwise maintained lawful immigration status in the US and have not worked without authorization. Keep in mind also that when to file the I-485 is governed not only by the Visa Bulletin, but also the USCIS Adjustment of Status Filing Chart (https://www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo). The latter indicates whether family-based and employment-based adjustment applicants should use the Date for Filing Chart or the Final Action Date chart from the Visa Bulletin. For July 2019 and for August 2019 as well, USCIS has authorized F2A applicants to use the Final Action Date chart, which as you noted has gone current. So it's a great time right now for F2A applicants to file the I-485, and I'm urging my clients in this situation to file the I-485 asap.
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