The Visa Bulletin for March 2009 was posted by the State Department earlier today. Screenshots posted below.
March 2009 // Family-Based Visa Bulletin
|All Charge- ability Areas Except Those Listed||CHINA-mainland born||INDIA||MEXICO||PHILIPPINES|
March 2009 // Employment-Based Visa Bulletin
|All Charge- abilityAreas Except Those Listed||CHINA – mainland born||INDIA||MEXICO||PHILIPPINES|
The notes from the March Visa Bulletin included the following:
D. EXPIRATION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT VISA CATEGORIES
Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers:
Pursuant to Section 2(a) of the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program Act (Pub. L. No. 110-391), the nonminister special immigrant program expires on March 6, 2009. No SR-1, SR-2, or SR-3 visas may be issued overseas on or after March 6, 2009. Visas issued prior to this date may only be issued with a validity date of March 5, 2009, and all individuals seeking admission as a nonminister special immigrant must be admitted (repeat, admitted) into the U.S. no later than midnight March 5, 2009.
Employment Fifth Preference Pilot Categories(I5, R5):
Pursuant to Section 144 of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009 (Public Law 110-329), the immigrant investor pilot program will expire on March 6, 2009. No I5-1, I5-2, I5-3, R5-1, R5-2 or R5-3 visas may be issued after March 6, 2009.
The initial cut-off dates for the categories mentioned above have been listed as “current” for March. If these categories have not been extended based on legislative action those cut-off dates will become “unavailable” effective March 7, 2009.
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