The US Department of State (DOS) recently released its September 2010 Visa Bulletin. Similar to the Visa Bulletins for the past few months, the September 2010 Visa Bulletin continues to significantly advance most of the employment-based immigrant visa categories to ensure that all of the available employment-based immigrant visa numbers are used prior to the end of the government’s fiscal year on September 30, 2010. When the government’s next fiscal year begins on October 1, 2010, it is assumed that the categories will not advance as quickly (if any), similar to what occurred during this fiscal year.

In the September 2010 Visa Bulletin, the most significant advancement was in the EB-3 World category which advanced from June 2004 to December 2004. This category has advanced by more than one year in the past few months. Additionally, the EB-2 category for Indian and Chinese nationals advanced by approximately two months. Although the EB-3 category for Mexican nationals remains Unavailable, this category will become available again on October 1, 2010 when the government’s next fiscal year begins.

The following is a comparison of the movement of the employment based immigrant visa categories since the beginning of the current retrogression in October 2005:

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Additional information about the employment-based immigrant visa retrogression will be contained in our firm’s future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.