State Department Revises Visa Bulletin Format to Allow Early Filing of Permanent Resident Applications

    View Authors September 2015

    The US State Department has issued its October 2015 Visa Bulletin in a new format. The Visa Bulletin is a monthly publication that provides an updated visa priority date list, which determines a foreign national’s eligibility to apply for permanent residence in the United States. The revised Visa Bulletin, which implements the President’s November 2014 Executive Order initiative on modernizing the immigrant visa system, now has two charts that list two separate priority cut-off dates for each employment-based preference category and country. The new Visa Bulletin system will reduce the wait for many foreign nationals and their eligible dependents to apply for permanent residence.