After two months of rapid movements in the EB3 dates, the June 2008 Visa Bulletin released by the U.S. Department of State today showed that the priority dates for employment-based visas for filipino nurses remain at March 1, 2006.
This lack of movement in the EB3 priority dates is mainly due to the visa numbers nearing its annual cap for the year which may even result to the dates moving backwards temporarily in the July and August Visa Bulletins with the fiscal year nearing its end.
However, the EB3 priority dates are again expected to reflect significant forward movements in October 2008, the first month of the next the fiscal year.
Meanwhile, despite the "not-so-good" news in the June 2008 Visa Bulletin, filipino nurses still have something to smile about with the recent introduction of HR 5924 which, among others, seeks to lift the current visa retrogression by waiving visa quotas for occupations listed under Schedule A. Nursing and PT jobs are considered shortage occupations by the U.S. Department of Labor.
May 2008 Visa Bulletin
April 2008 Visa Bulletin
HR 5924: Emergency Nursing Supply Relief Act