The U.S. Department of State has issued the March Visa Bulletin very early this month.? The good news is that the numbers show immigrant visa retrogression going in the right direction.? But this good news is tempered by the modest gains.

The first preference category (EB-1) remains current for all countries.? The second preference category (EB-2) remains current for all countries, except for India and China.? EB-2 India moved forward one week, from January 22, 2005 to February 1, 2005.? EB-2 China moved forward by one and a half months, from May 22, 2005 to July 8, 2005.

The EB-3 category experienced similar modest gains.? For the “All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed,” China, and the Philippines, there was nearly a 3-month move, from September 22, 2002 to December 15, 2002.? EB-3 India moved one week, from June 22, 2001 to July 1, 2001.? EB-3 Mexico remain unchanged at July 1, 2002.