The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released its September 2014 Visa Bulletin, which sets out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate the flow of adjustment of status and consular immigrant visa applications. The global movement in the employment-based categories of the bulletin is highlighted in a recent Immigration Alert by Morgan Lewis’s Immigration practice.

As the Alert discusses, priority date cutoffs are assessed on a monthly basis by the DOS, based on anticipated demand. Customers of service providers that use foreign personnel working in the United States under work visas should consider movement in priority date cutoffs when projecting staffing requirements and obtain assurances from their service providers that they have enough eligible personnel to meet such projected staffing requirements.