The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) recently released its April 2010 Visa Bulletin. Similar to last month’s Visa Bulletin, most employment-based preference categories advanced this month. Prior to last month’s Visa Bulletin, there was very little (if any) advancement in the employment-based preference categories for many months. The most significant advances in this month’s Visa Bulletin are in the EB-3 World category and the EB-3 Indian national category which advanced 3 months and 2 months, respectively. As the end of the fiscal year continues to approach on September 30, 2010, it is assumed that the employment-based immigrant visa categories will continue to advance to ensure that all of the employment-based immigrant visa numbers available in fiscal year 2010 are used.

The following is a comparison of the movement (or lack of movement) in the employment-based immigrant visa categories since the beginning of retrogression in October 2005.