On September 10, 2009, the U.S. Department of State released the October 2009 Visa Bulletin. As anticipated, the news is not good. Waiting lists for Indian and Chinese nationals whose U.S. employers have sponsored them for positions that require advanced degrees are backed up to early 2005. For positions that require at least a bachelor's degree, wait lists stand at early 2002 for all nationalities except Indians (mid-2001). Family-based categories are also painfully oversubscribed. Depending on their nationalities, spouses and children of U.S. permanent residents must wait 4 to 6 years, and unmarried adult children of U.S. citizens must wait 6 to 16 years. The complete October Visa Bulletin may be read here.