The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released its March 2009 Visa Bulletin. Similar to the Visa Bulletins for the past six months, the March 2009 Visa Bulletin does not rapidly advance any of the employment-based immigrant visa categories. However, the DOS continues to slowly advance the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for Indian and Chinese nationals. Also, for the fifth consecutive month, the DOS does not advance the EB-3 World category. However, it is still assumed that the DOS will have to advance this category within the next few months so that it uses all of the available immigrant visa numbers allocated to this category by the end of the current fiscal year on September 30, 2009.

The following is a comparison of the employment-based immigrant visa categories since the beginning of the current retrogression.