The U.S. Department of State (DOS) in the November 2011 Visa Bulletin continues to advance all of the employment-based immigrant visa categories.  The greatest advancement occurred in the EB-2 Indian national and Chinese national preference categories which advanced from July 15, 2007 to November 1, 2007.  In the Visa Bulletin, the DOS stated that the EB-2 Indian and Chinese national preference categories are the "most favorable since August 2007."  The DOS indicated that it has significantly advanced these categories within the past few months in order to generate significant levels of demand for immigrant visas.  However, the DOS indicated that while it expects future movement in these categories, they may not occur on a monthly basis.  The DOS further emphasized that foreign nationals should not expect such movements to "be the norm" throughout the fiscal year and that eventual retrogression of the categories may be a "distinct possibility" at some point during this fiscal year (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012). 

The following is an overview of the movement of the employment-based immigrant visa categories since the inception of the current retrogression in October 2005:

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Additional information about the priority date movement in the employment-based immigrant visa categories will be contained in our firm's future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.