The DOS recently released its July 2009 Visa Bulletin. As indicated in the last two Visa Bulletins, the EB-3 category remains Unavailable through the beginning of the government’s next fiscal year on October 1, 2009. The DOS also severely retrogressed the EB-2 Chinese national category to January 1, 2000 which is the same date as the EB-2 Indian national categoryf. It is assumed that both the EB-2 Indian and Chinese national categories may become Unavailable in either August or September through the end of the government’s fiscal year on September 30, 2009.

The following is an overview of how the various employment-based preference categories have either progressed or retrogressed since the beginning of the current retrogression in October 2005.