The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released its November 2008 Visa Bulletin. In its previous Visa Bulletin, the DOS indicated that the employment-based immigrant visa categories would be progressing very slowly for the foreseeable future due to the number of employment-based adjustment of status applications pending with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Therefore, as expected, the November Visa Bulletin contains no extreme advances in the employment-based categories. However, the DOS did slowly advance all of the currently retrogressed categories.
The following is a comparison of the employment-based immigrant visa categories since they were first retrogressed in October 2005:
In the November 2008 Visa Bulletin, the DOS again indicated that it believes that there will be “slow forward movementEof the priority dates for most employment-based categories during the next few months. However, it warned that sudden changes in the USCIS demand could result in fluctuations of the monthly priority dates. Additionally, the DOS was warned that retrogressions in any of the categories could not be ruled out during fiscal year 2009 (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009) due to the fact that the USCIS is not able to provide detailed information about the number of employment-based adjustment of status applications that it currently has pending in its offices.