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Visa Bulletin for June 1997

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 97051359 (posted May. 13, 1997)"


IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR JUNE 1997

A.   STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates
and other transitional information as taken from the State
Department's Visa Bulletin released May 12, 1997.)  On the
following chart, the listing of a date for any class indicates that
the class is oversubscribed; "C" means current, i.e., numbers are
available for all qualified applicants; and "U" means unavailable,
i.e., no numbers are available.

PREFERENCES

FAMILY
     All Charge-
     ability Areas  
     Except Those        
     Listed         INDIA          MEXICO         PHILIPPINES 
1st  08APR96        08APR96        01FEB93        23JUL86
2A*  15MAR93        15MAR93        01JUL92        15MAR93
2B   15APR91        15APR91        15APR91        15APR91
3rd  08MAR94        08MAR94        01JUN88        08JAN86
4th  15NOV86        08MAR85        08MAR86        01FEB78

*NOTE:  For JUNE, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are
available to applicants from all countries with priority dates
earlier than 01JUL92.  2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are
available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO
with priority dates beginning 01JUL92 and earlier than 15MAR93. 
(2A numbers subject to per-country limit are "unavailable" for
applicants chargeable to MEXICO.) 

EMPLOYMENT-BASED

          All Charge-
          ability Areas  
          Except Those   
          Listed         INDIA          MEXICO         PHILIPPINES 
1st       C              C              C              C    
2nd       C              C              C              C
3rd       C              15JUN95        C              C
Other     01APR90        01APR90        01APR90        01APR90
Workers
4th       C              C              C              C
Certain   C              C              C              C   
Religious Workers
5th       C              C              C              C
Targeted  C              C              C              C  

Employment Areas/Regional Centers

The Department of State has available a recorded message with visa 
availability information which can be heard at (202) 663-1541. This
recording will be updated in the middle of each month with
information on cut-off dates for the following month. 

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE JUNE 1997 VISA BULLETIN

B.  DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT (DV) CATEGORY

Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act provides
55,000 immigrant visas each fiscal year to provide immigration
opportunities for persons from countries other than the principal
sources of current immigration to the United States.  DV visas are
divided among six  geographic regions.  Not more than 3,850
visas(7% of the 55,000 visa limit) may be provided to immigrants
from any one country.


For JUNE, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to
qualified applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries
as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are
available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers
BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:


               All DV Charge-
               ability Areas
               Except Those
Region              Listed Separately
AFRICA         AF   46,201         EXCEPT:   GHANA AF 12,250
                                             NIGERIA AF 10,850
ASIA           AS   11,150         EXCEPT:   BANGLADESH AS 10,402
EUROPE         EU   31,003         EXCEPT:   ALBANIA  EU  19,401
                                             POLAND EU  07,501
NORTH AMERICA
(BAHAMAS)      CURRENT
OCEANIA        OC   673
SOUTH AMERICA  CURRENT
(CENTRAL AMERICA,
and the CARRIBBEAN

Entitlement to immigrant status in the DV category lasts only
through the end of the fiscal (visa) year for which the applicant
is selected in the lottery. The year of entitlement for all
applicants registered for the DV-97 program ends as of September 
30, 1997.  DV visas may not be issued to DV-97 applicants after
that date.  Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or
following to join DV-97 principals are only entitled to derivative
DV status until September 30, 1997. DV visa availability through
the very end of FY-1997 cannot be taken for granted.  Numbers could
be exhausted prior to September 30. Once all numbers provided by
law for the DV-97 program have been used, no further issuances will
be possible.

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