The Department of State (DOS) published its Visa Bulletin summarizing the availability of immigrant visas numbers for the month of December 2008. For employment-based immigrant visa petitions, visa numbers are current for nationals of all countries in the first preference category. In the second preference category, visa numbers are current for nationals of all countries except China and India. Cut-off dates for the second preference category for China and India are June 1, 2004, and June 1, 2003, respectively. Cut-off dates for the third preference category are as follows: China – February 1, 2002; India – October 1, 2001; Mexico – September 1, 2002; Philippines – May 1, 2005; and all other countries – May 1, 2005.