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Visa Bulletin for October 1999

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 99091659 (posted Sep. 16, 1999)"

IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER 1999

A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released September 16, 1999.) 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.

PREFERENCE
	        All Charge-
		ability Areas	   	        
		Except Those	    	        
		Listed		INDIA		MEXICO		PHILIPPINES

Family

1st		 15JUN98	15JUL98		08OCT93		01MAR88
2A*              22JUN95	22JUN95		08JUN94		22JUN95
2B               08OCT92	08OCT92		22AUG91		08OCT92
3rd              01SEP95	01SEP95		15MAY91		15NOV87
4th              22AUG88	08JAN87		22AUG88		15JUL79

*NOTE: For OCTOBER, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 08JUN94. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 08JUN94 and earlier than 22JUN95. (All 2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit; there are no 2A numbers for MEXICO subject to per-country limit.)

	        All Charge-	          
		ability Areas	CHINA-   	          
		Except Those	mainland    	          
		Listed		born	    INDIA     MEXICO	PHILIPPINES

Employment-  
    Based
1st                C	        C	    C	      C	        C   
2nd                C	        C	    C	      C	        C 
3rd                C	        C	    C         C	        C     
Other              01JUN93	01JUN93	    01JUN93   01JUN93	01JUN93    
Workers
4th                C	        C	    C	      C	        C  
Certain            C	        C	    C	      C	        C       
Religious				      
Workers
5th                C            C	    C	      C	        C   
Targeted Employ-   C            C	    C	      C	        C     
  ment 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 OCTOBER 1999 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 permit 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. No one country can receive more than seven percent of the available diversity visas in any one year.

For OCTOBER, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2000 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	12,001        

ASIA                AS	4,201		  

EUROPE              EU	14,016

NORTH AMERICA       NA	10
(BAHAMAS)  

OCEANIA             OC	738

SOUTH AMERICA,      SA	1,200
  CENTRAL AMERICA,    
  and the CARIBBEAN

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-2000 program ends as of September 30, 2000. DV visas may not be issued to DV-2000 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2000 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2000. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-2000 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30. Once all numbers provided by law for the DV-2000 program have been used, no further issuances will be possible.

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