USCIS posted an announcement on its website today stating that it has reached the statutory limit for approval of employment-based adjustment of status applications for Fiscal Year 2015. This means that USCIS will be unable to issue any further approvals of employment-based adjustment of status applications until the new fiscal year begins on October 1, 2015. Fortunately, this creates only a very limited interruption in adjustment of status approvals given that the new fiscal year begins next week. The USCIS announcement confirmed that anyone with a current priority date may continue to file employment-based adjustment of status applications as it is only final approvals that USCIS is suspending until October 1st.
By statute, only 140,000 employment-based green cards can be issued each year. The Department of State and USCIS endeavor to ensure that all 140,000 numbers are used each year without exceeding the limit. It is therefore not uncommon to see the government determine that the limit has been reached a few days or weeks before the end of the current fiscal year. If you have questions about the adjustment of status process, please contact SPS Immigration PLLC.