The DOS recently issued its Visa Bulletin for February 2011. The Bulletin determines who can apply for permanent residence and when. The cutoff dates for family-based immigration continue to show huge backlogs and regressions. The cutoff dates for the Employment-Based Third Preference are as follows: April 1, 2005, for all chargeability, including the Philippines and Dominican Republic; January 1, 2004, for China; July 8, 2003, for Mexico; and February 22, 2002, for India. The cut-off dates for the Employment-Based Second Preference are as follows: Current for all chargeability, including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines; May 8, 2006, for India; and July 1, 2006, for China. The monthly Visa Bulletin is available at