The November Visa Bulletin issued by DOS showed significant movement forward in some of the employment-based (EB) categories for immigrant visa (green card) availability. EB-1

All countries: Current EB-2

India: April 1, 2004 (no forward movement)

China: January 1, 2006 (no forward movement)

All other countries: Current EB-3

India: April 22, 2001 (no forward movement)

Mexico: April 22, 2001 (no forward movement)

China: September 1, 2001 (no forward movement)

Philippines: August 1, 2002 (no forward movement)

All other countries: August 1, 2002 (no forward movement)

For a link to the current Visa Bulletin and listing of all categories, including family-based immigrant visa categories, please visit the Department of State website at:  http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html.

The new cut-off dates are effective on November 1, 2007. At that time, foreign nationals either may file their application for adjustment of status to permanent residence or may apply for an approval of their immigrant visa at a U.S. consular post abroad, if their immigrant visa priority date is before the cut-off date in their category outlined above.

Lengthy EB-quota immigrant visa backlogs continue to prevent many foreign workers who qualify under EB-3 classification from securing final green card approval for many years. Indian and Chinese nationals continue to experience the greatest delays.

DOS has indicated that some forward movement of the dates may be possible for December 2007.

Duane Morris is working with clients with current priority dates to gather the documentation and prepare applications for those now eligible to apply for permanent residence.