The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released its January 2009 Visa Bulletin. In this Visa Bulletin, many of the employment-based immigrant visa categories advanced between two and four weeks. However, the EB-3 World category did not advance. Because none of the employment-based immigrant visa categories advanced in December 2008, it was assumed that the DOS would more rapidly advance all of the categories in January 2009. However, the DOS only gradually advanced some of the categories. The DOS also did not provide any information about how it believes that the categories may advance in the future.

The following is a comparison of the employment-based immigrant visa categories since the beginning of the current retrogression.