As predicted, the family second preference F2A category (all chargeability) has become current in August, which means that spouses and children of permanent residents can file their adjustment of status I-485 and related work and travel applications now. While it is expected that the category will retrogress, those who apply in August will obtain adjustment-based work authorization and travel permission, both of which can be renewed until green cards become available again at a later date. Those who are affected should discuss their case with their immigration attorney immediately.

Meanwhile, the employment-based second preference (EB-2) for India, stalled at September 1, 2004 for nine months, advances in August to January 1, 2008.