The Department of State (DOS) recently issued its September 2009 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin determines who can apply for permanent residence and when. The Employment- Based, Third Preference (EB-3) category remains unavailable for all charge-ability areas, including Mexico, India, Philippines and China. The Employment–Based, Second Preference (EB-2) category for Indian and Chinese nationals is available and the cut-off date has moved up to January 8, 2005 for both countries. The DOS publishes the Visa Bulletin on a monthly basis and it may be viewed at the following website: