Via its monthly Visa Bulletin update, the U.S. government announces the cut-off dates for each immigrant preference category to regulate the number of foreign nationals who can file for permanent residence as well as those who are eligible for final approval under the immigrant quota system. The September 2008 Visa Bulletin reflects very little movement in the employment-based preferences. The employment-based 2nd categories for India and China each will advance two months to August 1, 2006. Of considerable interest is the Department of State (DOS) discussion of projected visa availability in October, 2008 for the employment-based 3rd category. Previously, in the August Visa Bulletin, the DOS announced that the employment-based 3rd category would be "unavailable" for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2008 because the annual limits had been reached. DOS suggested that the start of the new fiscal year (October) would return employment-based 3rd cut-off dates to those that existed in June. Click Here for archived Bulletins. In the September Visa Bulletin, the DOS stated that "continued heavy demand in those [EB-3] categories may require the establishment of cut-off dates which are earlier than those which had applied in June. A formal decision determination [SIC] of the October cut-off dates will not be possible until early September." While it is impossible to predict where the cut-off dates will ultimately fall, it appears likely that there may be some retrogression. The October Visa Bulletin will be issued in mid-September.