April 2009 Visa Bulletin – Bad Bad News!

As with the predictions about the economy that things will get worse, the Visa Bulletin for April 2009 delivers some bad news, especially for EB3 visa applicants. EB3 category shows a movement backwards of almost 2 years.

Why is this happening. Here what the State Department had to say:

Despite the established cut-off date having been held for the past five months in an effort to keep demand within the average monthly usage targets, the amount of demand being received from Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Offices for adjustment of status cases remains extremely high. Therefore, it has been necessary to retrogress the April cut-off dates in an attempt to hold demand within the FY-2009 annual limit. Since over 60 percent of the Worldwide and Philippines Employment Third preference CIS demand received this year has been for applicants with priority dates prior to January 1, 2004, the cut-off date has been retrogressed to 01MAR03 to help ensure that the amount of future demand is significantly reduced. As indicated in the last sentence of Item A, paragraph 1, of this bulletin, this cut-off date will be applied immediately. It should also be noted that further retrogression or “unavailability” at any time cannot be ruled out.

It has also been necessary to retrogress the Employment Third Preference Other Worker cut-off date for all countries in order to hold the issuance level within the annual limit.

What is the future predictions, none at this point. But I promise to keep you posted.

For the most recent Bulletin April 2009 click here