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Green Card on Hold: Process of Retrogressed I-485 Applications

In December 2019, USCIS answered questions submitted by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) regarding what happens after an I-485 interview when the applicant is affected by visa retrogression. Visa retrogression occurs when more people apply for a visa in a category than there are visas available for that month. If that happens, after your interview with USCIS, the officer will provide the Adjustment of Status (AOS) applicant with a Notice of Interview Results. Generally, the Field Office does not hold employment-based AOS cases where an immigrant visa category has retrogressed. The Field Office will forward the case either to the National Benefits Center (NBC) or the Texas



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