The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released its January 2008 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin slightly advances most of the employment-based immigrant visa categories. However, the Visa Bulletin significantly retrogresses the EB-2 Indian national visa category. In the past two months, the EB-2 Indian national visa category has retrogressed by more than four years. In the January 2008 Visa Bulletin, the DOS retrogresses the EB-2 Indian national category to January 1, 2000. As of January 2008, this category is even further retrogressed than the EB-3 Indian national category which has a priority date of May 2001. Additionally, the DOS predicted that within the next few months, the EB-2 Indian national category will become Unavailable through the end of the fiscal year 2008 (September 30, 2008). The DOS attributes this severe retrogression and prediction that the category will become Unavailable due to “heavy applicant demand” by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for adjustment of status cases.

The following is a comparison of various employment-based immigrant visa categories since the beginning of the current retrogression in October 2005: