Employment-Based Fourth Preference Categories Unavailable for September
The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for September notes that heavy applicant demand for green card numbers in the employment fourth, and employment fourth “Certain Religious Worker,” categories has resulted in their becoming “Unavailable” for September. This unavailable status took effect immediately in August because the annual limit for those categories was reached. Therefore, the Department said, no further requests for numbers in those categories can be processed during fiscal year 2009.
The employment fourth preference is expected to return to “Current” status in October, the first month of the new fiscal year. The employment fourth “Certain Religious Workers” category is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2009, and future availability will depend on legislative action.