The August 2009 Visa Bulletin was just released by the State Department. The only change, in comparison to the July 2009 Visa Bulletin, is the forward movement in the EB-2 China and India categories which changed from January 1, 2000 to October 1, 2003 . All other categories remain unchanged. Here is a summary of the August 2009 Visa Bulletin:
- EB-1 remains current across the board.
- EB-2 remains unchanged for all categories except as noted above for EB-2 China and India: EB-2 ROW (Rest of World) is current, EB-2 China and EB-2 India are October 1, 2003.
- EB-3 is unavailable for all categories.
- Other worker visa numbers are also unavailable.
In one of the comments to the August 2009 Visa Bulletin, the State Department notes that the retrogression of EB-2 China has been necessary to take into account the high demand of visa issuances so far this fiscal year. As a result, visa availability during the final quarter of the fiscal year is likely to remain very limited as some employment-based categories approach or have already reached their annual numerical limits.