The DOS recently issued its Visa Bulletin for March 2011. The Bulletin determines who can apply for permanent residence and when. The cutoff dates for family-based immigration continue to show backlogs and regressions due to the heavy demand for these visas. The cutoff dates for the Employment-Based Third Preference are as follows: July 1, 2005, for all chargeability, including the Philippines and Dominican Republic; January 22, 2004, for China; January 8, 2004, for Mexico; and March 15, 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 8, 2006, for China. The monthly Visa Bulletin is available at