Can I get ahead on the quota backlog list?

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There is no way to “get ahead” on the list, apart from filing an Immigrant Petition in a higher preference category, provided that the individual and/or their position meet the criteria to do so. Otherwise, the individual must wait until he/she is current on the Visa Bulletin before proceeding with filing the last step in the green card process. The last step is accomplished by filing an Adjustment of Status application, or by obtaining an immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate abroad (Consular Processing).

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