Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Third Preference Category Unavailable for September


Many other employment-based dates are current for September 2008 but the third preference and “other workers” categories are unavailable. The cut-off date for both the China-mainland born and India second preference categories is August 1, 2006.

The Mexico employment third preference category is unavailable for September, the State Department’s Visa Office said, because the fiscal year 2008 annual limit has been reached. The Visa Office initially anticipated that this would be temporary until the start of the new fiscal year in October. Continued heavy demand may require the establishment of a cut-off date earlier than anticipated, the Visa Office noted. The October cut-off dates have not yet been announced.

The September 2008 Visa Bulletin is available here.

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