The DOS recently issued its Visa Bulletin for December 2010. This Bulletin determines who can apply for permanent residence and when. The cutoff dates for the Employment-Based Third Preference are as follows: February 22, 2005, for all chargeability, including the Philippines and the Dominican Republic; December 8, 2003, for China; July 1, 2002, for Mexico; and January 22, 2002, for India. The cutoff dates for the Employment-Based Second Preference are as follows: Current for all chargeability, including the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the Philippines; May 8, 2006, for India; and June 8, 2006 for China. The DOS indicates that cutoff dates for the Employment-Based First Preference are unlikely. The monthly Visa Bulletin is available at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html.