I know I said in yesterday's advisory that the State Department was not going to issue a revised June 2005 Visa Bulletin, but today they did.
If you do the following you can see a new category called Schedule A Workers, with C in all of the boxes
click on visas for foreign citizens
on the left hand side of the next screen scroll down to Visa Bulletin and click on that
click on Current Bulletin
scroll down the bulletin to the Employment-based section and you will see "Schedule A Workers" with a C going across which stands for current.
Finally, retrogression is truly fixed. RNs and PTs should begin being contacted by the U.S. Embassies about the next steps in the process.
Those cases sitting at the Embassies only needing visa numbers should get cleared up pretty quickly. We had several situations like that where the medical and interviews were done in December but the visas were not approved because of some missing document; once the document was supplied in early January 2005, retrogression was a reality so these RNs got stuck.
One question will be if medical exams need to be done again because the medical exams are usually only valid for 6 months. We will have to wait and see what these RNs are told.
There is another group where the cases were already at the Embassies when retrogression hit. These individuals will be contacted with appointments for medical exams and embassy interviews shortly.
Then there's a 3rd group whose cases were being held at the National Visa Center. They should begin being transferred to the Embassies for final processing.
I will let you know what we see happening as our people are contacted by the Embassies