The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released the October 2011 Visa Bulletin. Due to the fact that the government's fiscal year began on October 1, it was assumed that there would be little (or no) movement in the employment-based immigrant visa categories. However, the DOS did advance all of the employment-based immigrant visa categories in order to "generate sufficient demand" for the immigrant visas in the earlier part of this fiscal year. Due to the fact that it is advancing the categories, the DOS provided a prediction of visa availability in the coming months. In the EB-2 Indian and Chinese national categories, the DOS noted that the current cut-off date is approaching the most favorable date previously reached for these categories. The DOS stated that the rapid forward movement in the categories is intended to generate sufficient demand in the categories. However, the DOS warned that once the level of demands sufficiently increases, it may be necessary to slow or stop the cut-off date movement and retrogression of the cut-off date at some point during this fiscal year (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012), is a "distinct possibility." In the EB-3 immigrant visa categories, the DOS estimated that movement in the World category will be up to one month, movement in the Chinese national category will be one to three weeks; movement in the Indian national category will be up to two weeks; and movement in the Mexican and Filipino national categories will be up to one month.

The following is an overview of priority date movement since the inception of the current retrogression in October 2005:

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Additional information about the priority date movement will be contained in our firm's future Immigration Updates when it becomes available