The U.S. Department of State ("DOS") recently released its October 2013 Visa Bulletin. This is the first Visa Bulletin for the government's Fiscal Year 2014 which commences on October 1, 2013. In previous years, the DOS has retrogressed the employment-based visa categories at the beginning of a fiscal year to ensure that a sufficient number of immigrant visas remain available throughout the fiscal year. However, in the October 2013 Visa Bulletin, the DOS does not retrogress the employment-based immigrant visa categories. It was assumed that the DOS would be retrogressing many of the categories because the DOS has rapidly advanced most of the employment-based immigrant visa categories within the previous few months. Although the DOS does not retrogress any categories in the October 2013 Visa Bulletin, it advances very few categories. Additionally, although the DOS has not retrogressed any of the categories in the October 2013 Visa Bulletin, the DOS may retrogress some categories in the future if demand in the categories greatly increases due to the rapid advancement of the categories within the previous few months.

The following is a comparison of the movement of the employment-based visa categories since the inception of current retrogression:

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