• The recently published December 2012 Visa Bulletin indicates slight progress with regard to immigrant visa number availability for nationals of the majority of countries falling under the Second and Third Employment-Based immigrant categories ("EB-2 and EB-3"). Interestingly, DOS is predicting that in the upcoming year (2013) it will have to establish a cutoff date for individuals in the China EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa category. This would be the first time for such an occurrence and could mean a delay in Green Card issuance for Chinese EB-5 investors. As with all immigrant visa categories, a foreign national would only be able to complete Green Card proceedings if his or her priority date is prior to the relevant cutoff date specified by DOS. Investors and employers should seek guidance with regard to long-term immigration planning and ways to mitigate possible government delays during the process.