The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released its August 2011 Visa Bulletin. Most of the employment-based immigrant visa categories continue to progress because the DOS wants to ensure that all of the available employment-based immigrant visa numbers available in Fiscal Year 2011 (October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011) are used. The most significant advances again occurred in the EB-2 category for Indian and Chinese nationals. These categories moved to April 15, 2007. It is assumed that the categories will again advance next month as the DOS is using numbers in the EB-1 category which have gone unused. However, it is assumed that at the beginning of the government’s next fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2011, the advancement in these categories will significantly diminish (if not stop) due to the heavy demand in these categories.

Click here to see a comparison of priority date movement since the inception of the current retrogression in October 2005.