After months without significant movement in the employment-based immigrant visa preference categories, the July 2011 Visa Bulletin announced a five-month jump for the EB-2 category for Indian and Chinese nationals. Those with priority dates on or before March 8, 2007, will be eligible to apply for adjustment of status—or an immigrant visa—beginning on July 1, 2011. If such an application has already been filed, these individuals will have their applications adjudicated and, if approved, will be granted lawful permanent resident ("green card") status. The EB-3 category moved incrementally for all nationalities.

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