The priority date determines your place in line/the queue. The priority date, according to the USCIS, is normally that date when the relative or employer of the applicant files the immigrant’s visa petition with the USCIS. You should be able to locate the priority date on the Notice of Action (Form I-797) which was filed on behalf of the applicant. The USCIS officer should verify the priority date “by reviewing the actual immigrant petition or permanent labor certification application.”
Waiting for the priority date to be current can be stressful, especially if this period already took it too long, which is incredibly usual if you are from China or India. If you are one of many people waiting for your green card application to move forward and are fed up with sitting and expecting this important news, you probably try to learn as much information as you can so that you can plan your stay in the United States.
If you are a foreigner being sponsored for a family, or if you are an employment-based green-card holder being in a category of the applicant that faces annual numerical limits on visas, you might face a long wait.
Immigrants seeking an employment-based visa (such as EB-1A, EB-1B, or EB-1C) visa will have their priority date set as follows
Understanding when you are able to file your application for Adjustment of Status (“AOS”) may seem confusing at a glance, but once you understand how to read the Visa Bulletin, it’s not as complicated as you think!