For October, the State Department has announced a different approach regarding priority dates and an individual’s ability to file for adjustment of status. As a result, eligibility to file an I-485 application for adjustment of status in October is as follows:
EB-1 remains current for all countries.
EB-2 China advances by more than 8 years to May 1, 2014.
EB-2 India advances by more than 5 years to July 1, 2011.
EB-2 remains current for all other countries.
EB-3 China advances by nearly 9 years to October 1, 2013.
EB-3 India advances by more than 6 months to July 1, 2005.
EB-3 Philippines advances by more than 10 years to January 1, 2015.
EB-3 advances one month to September 1, 2015 for all other countries.
A large number of I-485 filings are expected during the month of October and will likely result in retrogression of priority dates for November and several months beyond.