The U.S. Department of State ("DOS") recently released its September 2012 Visa Bulletin. Similar to other recent Visa Bulletins, the September 2012 Visa Bulletin contains very little movement in the employment-based immigrant visa categories. The most significant advancement is in the EB-3 World category by three weeks to October 1, 2006. There is no advancement in the EB-2 World category (which remains at January 2009) and the EB-2 Indian and Chinese National Preference categories continue to remain Unavailable. It is assumed that the EB-2 World category will become Available again next month with the commencement of the government's new fiscal year. However, the EB-2 Indian and Chinese National Preference categories will not become Available. Instead, it is assumed that the DOS will re-establish a priority date similar to the last established date of August 2007.

The following is a comparison of priority date movement since the inception of the current retrogression in October 2005:

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Additional information about the movement of the employment-based immigrant visa priority dates will be contained in our firm's future Immigration Updates when it becomes available