Priority Date

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A Priority Date is the date when the USCIS approves the establishment of an immigration application. For family-based immigrant visas, a priority date is the date the petition was filed with USCIS. It is listed on the receipt notice.

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For visa categories that fall into the quota system, the United States Department of State publishes a monthly Visa Bulletin which lists the current processing cut-off dates.

You can't file an adjustment of status petition until your priority date becomes current.