A priority date establishes your place in the queue for a permanent residency status (also known as a Green Card). You cannot file your Adjustment of Status (AOS) applications or apply for your immigrant consular interview until your priority date is current.
Depending on your visa category and country of chargeability, this can be one to several years. For most foreign nationals, losing or retaining a priority date can make a big difference in the timeline of their path to permanent residency.
The new rule that went into effect on January 17, 2017 made some changes to the process of determining priority dates. Here are common questions about these changes. Continue reading