July 17, 2006
For August, the Department of State found it necessary to retrogress the cut-off date in two employment-based visa categories and did not advance the cut-off date in any visa categories. This is being done in an effort to hold the green-card issuance levels within the annual numerical limits for the affected categories.
Specifically, for EB-2 applicants born in India, immigrant visa will become unavailable in August. For EB-3 applicants born in India, the date retrogressed from April 15, 2001 to April 1, 2001. The dates of all other categories and countries remain unchanged from July.
Immigrant visa number use is approaching the annual limits for the year in many categories, and the supply of numbers remaining for allocation is limited. Therefore, for September there is increased possibility of additional retrogressions of cut-off dates such as those experienced in August. Categories which could experience retrogressions are:
Worldwide: Employment 4th
China: Employment 2nd and 3rd
India: Employment 1st
Mexico: Employment 3rd
The visa bulletin can be found at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_2978.html.