The US Department of State (DOS) recently released its February 2011 Visa Bulletin. All of the employment-based immigrant visa categories (except for the EB-2 Indian national preference category) continued to slowly advance by a few weeks in the February 2012 Visa Bulletin. The most significant advancement occurred in the EB-3 Mexican national category which advanced from April 2003 to July 2003. As previously predicted by the DOS, the EB-2 Indian national preference category did not advance in the February 2012 Visa Bulletin. The DOS previously predicted that this category will not advance in the foreseeable future due to increased demand in this category.

The following is a comparison of the priority cut-off dates since the inception of the current retrogression in October 2005:

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Additional information about the advancement or retrogression in the employment-based immigrant visa categories will be contained in our firms future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.