While the availability of immigrant visas for the employment-based second category reflected no change from March to April, employment-based third category posted a 26-month retrogression for the worldwide chargeability and the Philippines, and a five-and-a-half-month retrogression for Mexico. Nationals of China and India received better news with an advance in cut-off dates by four-and-a-half months and one month, respectively.
The Department of State (DOS) explained that demand from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for adjustment of status cases remains "extremely high," which makes retrogression necessary to keep that demand within the FY-2009 numerical limits. DOS' prediction for the coming months does not rule out further slowing, a complete stoppage, or even a retrogression of cut-off date movement for the remainder of FY-2009. On a positive note DOS indicated that should a slowing or retrogression occur, it would likely be only temporary until the beginning of the new fiscal year in October 2009.