Continued heavy demand for visa numbers in the employment second preference category has required the establishment of a January 1, 2009, worldwide cut-off date for the month of July. The Department of State's Visa Bulletin for July says that this action has been taken in an effort to hold number use within the annual numerical limit. "Should there be an increase in the current demand pattern, it may be necessary to make this category completely 'unavailable' prior to September 30, 2012," the bulletin warns.

The China and India employment second preference categories are already unavailable, and will remain so for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The July Visa Bulletin is available here.