The Department of State has released its Visa Bulletin, outlining the availability of immigrant visa numbers for May 2009. For employment-based immigrant visa petitions, visa numbers are available for all nationalities in the first-preference category.
For the second-preference category, visa numbers are available for all foreign nationals except for those from China and India. The cut off dates for Chinese and Indian nationals in the secondpreference category are February 15, 2005, and February 15, 2004, respectively.
A recent retrogression is reflected in the unavailability of visa numbers for all countries for the thirdpreference category.
Currently, there are no immigrant visa numbers available for religious workers.