The DOS recently issued its Visa Bulletin for July 2011. The Bulletin determines who can apply for U.S. permanent residence and when. The cutoff dates for family-based immigration continue to show backlogs and regressions due to the heavy demand for these visas. The cutoff dates for the Employment-Based Third Preference category are as follows: October 8, 2005, for all chargeability, including the Philippines; July 1, 2004, for China; July 1, 2005, for Mexico; and May 1, 2002, for India. The cut-off dates for the Employment-Based Second Preference category are as follows: Current for all chargeability, including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines; and March 8, 2007, for China and India. The DOS's monthly Visa Bulletin is available at: