The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released its October 2009 Visa Bulletin. In October 2009, the start of the government's new fiscal year, none of the categories will return to the April 2009 Visa Bulletin cut-off dates, when visa numbers were last available. The visa numbers in the EB-2 China category will advance slightly to March 2005 while the EB-2 India category will advance by one year to January 2005. All of the EB-3 categories will go from being unavailable to available. However, the EB-3 Other Workers category will advance slightly from the April 2009 Visa Bulletin, while the EB-3 professionals category will experience retrogression by one year due to the uncertainty surrounding how many visa numbers the USCIS requires based on its current backlog of old priority date cases.  

The following is a comparison of the employment-based immigrant visa category advancements since the beginning of the most recent period of retrogression.

Additional information about the advancement of the employment-based immigrant visa priority dates will be contained in our firm's future Immigration Updates when they become available. The current Visa Bullet is available at: