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    U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin for March 2007 is identical to the January and February 2007 Visa Bulletins for the Employment-Based categories.

    Employment-Based Second Preference (EB2)

    China and India have cutoff dates. All other countries of chargeability remain current. China's cutoff date is April 22, 2005. India continues to have a cutoff date of January 8, 2003.

    Employment-Based Third Preference (EB3) - Possible Additional Retrogression

    All countries have cutoff dates. India remains at May 8, 2001 and Mexico is at May 15, 2001. China, the Philippines, and worldwide continue to have cutoff dates of August 1, 2002.

    Visa Bulletin predicts that EB3 is unlikely to move forward in the near future, and that any potential forward movement will be small. The DOS notes that the demand for visa numbers with priority dates before the August 2002 cutoff is expected to remain high, because both the Department of Labor (DOL) and the USCIS are working to clear case backlogs. These backlog reduction efforts could cause the dates to retrogress even further in spring or summer 2007.