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Visa Bulletin for June 1998

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 98051159 (posted May. 11, 1998)"

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs

VISA BULLETIN
Number 87
Volume VII
Washington, D.C.

IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR JUNE 1998

A. STATUTORY NUMBERS

1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during June. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; the Immigration and Naturalization Service reports applicants for adjustment of status. Allocations were made, to the extent possible under the numerical limitations, for the demand received by May 11th in the chronological order of the reported priority dates. If the demand could not be satisfied within the statutory or regulatory limits, the category or foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed oversubscribed. The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits. Only applicants who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date may be allotted a number. Immediately that it becomes necessary during the monthly allocation process to retrogress a cut-off date, supplemental requests for numbers will be honored only if the priority date falls within the new cut-off date.

2. Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets an annual minimum family-sponsored preference limit of 226,000. The worldwide level for annual employment-based preference immigrants is at least 140,000. Section 202 prescribes that the per-country limit for preference immigrants is set at 7% of the total annual family-sponsored and employment-based preference limits, i.e., 25,620. The dependent area limit is set at 2%, or 7,320.

3. Section 203 of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of immigrant visas as follows:

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

First: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.

Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents: 114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, and any unused first preference numbers:

A. Spouses and Children: 77% of the overall second preference limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

B. Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older): 23% of the overall second preference limitation.

Third: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.

Fourth: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens: 65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

First: Priority Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.

Second: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.

Third: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to "Other Workers."

Fourth: Certain Special Immigrants: 7.1% of the worldwide level.

Fifth: Employment Creation: 7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of P.L. 102-395.

4. INA Section 203(e) provides that family-sponsored and employment-based preference visas be issued to eligible immigrants in the order in which a petition in behalf of each has been filed. Section 203(d) provides that spouses and children of preference immigrants are entitled to the same status, and the same order of consideration, if accompanying or following to join the principal. The visa prorating provisions of Section 202(e) apply to allocations for a foreign state or dependent area when visa demand exceeds the per-country limit. These provisions apply at present to the following oversubscribed chargeability areas: CHINA-mainland born, INDIA, MEXICO, and PHILIPPINES.

5. On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified applicants; and "U" means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are available. (NOTE: Numbers are available only for applicants whose priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.)

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

1st          	O1DEC96		01DEC96	   01DEC96   01AUG93	22JAN87

2A*          	08FEB94		08FEB94	   08FEB94   15MAR93	08FEB94

2B           	22NOV91		22NOV91	   22NOV91   01JUL91	22NOV91

3rd          	01JAN95		01JAN95	   01JAN95   22SEP89	01JAN87

4th          	01MAR88		01MAR88	   01FEB86   08MAY87	15MAY78

*NOTE: For June, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 15MAR93. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 15MAR93 and earlier than 08FEB94. (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		08JUN97	     C	      C	           C   

2nd                C		08MAY96	  22AUG96     C	           C 

3rd                C		22FEB94	  15JUN95     C	           C   

  Other          01JUN91	01JUN91	  01JUN91  01JUN91	01JUN91
    Workers

4th                C	   	   C	     C	      C	           C

  Certain        01SEP97	01SEP97	  01SEP97  01SEP97	01SEP97   
    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.

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. 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 DV-98 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 32,970        

  ASIA                AS 11,820		EXCEPT:	BANGLADESH  AS 7,105
 
  EUROPE              EU 19,330         EXCEPT:	ALBANIA  EU 14,590
	                                                 
  NORTH AMERICA       NA      3
   (BAHAMAS)
 
  OCEANIA             OC    690  
 
  SOUTH AMERICA,      SA  1,851
    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-98 program ends as of September 30, 1998. DV visas may not be issued to DV-98 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-98 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 1998. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-1998 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30. Once all numbers provided by law for the DV-98 program have been used, no further issuances will be possible.

C. FY-1999 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA (DV-99) LOTTERY RESULTS

The National Visa Center at Portsmouth, New Hampshire has registered and notified the winners of the DV-99 diversity lottery. The diversity lottery was conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and makes available *50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Almost 90,000 applicants have been registered and notified and may now make an application for an immigrant visa. Since it is likely that some of the first *50,000 persons registered will not pursue their cases to visa issuance, this larger figure should insure that all DV-99 numbers will be used during fiscal year 1999 (October 1, 1998 until September 30, 1999).

Applicants registered for the DV-99 program were selected at random from the approximately 3.4 million qualified entries received during the one-month application period which ran from noon on October 24, 1997 through noon on November 24, 1997. An additional 2.4 million applications received inside and outside of the mail-in period were disqualified for failing to properly follow directions.

The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions with a maximum of 3,500 visas (7% of the *50,000 total) available to persons born in any single country. During the visa interview, principal applicants must provide proof of a high school education or its equivalent, or show two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience within the past five years.

Those selected will need to act on their immigrant visa applications quickly. Applicants should follow the instructions in their notification letter and must fully complete the information requested. Registrants living legally in the United States who wish to apply for adjustment of their status must contact the Immigration and Naturalization Service for information on the requirements and procedures. Once the total *50,000 visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 1999 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 1999 will derive no further benefit from their DV-99 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-99 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 1999.

Only participants in the DV-99 program who were selected for further processing have been notified. Those who have not received notification were not selected and may wish to try for next year's DV-2000 lottery. The dates for the mail-in period for the DV-2000 lottery are scheduled from noon on October 1, 1998 until noon on October 31, 1998. Instructions on entering the DV-2000 program will be widely publicized some time in August 1998.

*The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NCARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulates that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as necessary, 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NCARA program.

The following is the statistical breakdown by foreign state chargeability of those registered for the DV-99 program:

AFRICA 

ALGERIA  1,378      	ERITREA  470   		NAMIBIA  5 
ANGOLA  15     		ETHIOPIA  3,092    	NIGER  21  
BENIN  60         	GABON  12      		NIGERIA  5,443
BOTSWANA  1    		GAMBIA, THE  205     	RWANDA  75      
BURKINA FASO  41    	GHANA  5,531  		SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE  0   
BURUNDI  32    		GUINEA  311      	SENEGAL  479      
CAMEROON  1,164      	GUINEA-BISSAU  1    	SEYCHELLES  2      
CAPE VERDE  17     	KENYA  1,328      	SIERRA LEONE  1,008      
CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.  5	LESOTHO  0    		SOMALIA  728     
CHAD  24    		LIBERIA  1,218    	SOUTH AFRICA  446    
COMOROS  1    		LIBYA  40     		SUDAN  2,574      
CONGO  48    		MADAGASCAR  21    	SWAZILAND  8    
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC 	MALAWI  81    		TANZANIA  357     
  REPUBLIC OF THE  301  MALI  174     		TOGO  527      
COTE D'IVOIRE 394	MAURITANIA  38      	TUNISIA  112     
DJIBOUTI  4    		MAURITIUS  33     	UGANDA  215     
EGYPT  3,558      	MOROCCO  2,606    	ZAMBIA  70      
EQUATORIAL GUINEA  5	MOZAMBIQUE  5   	ZIMBABWE  87

ASIA  
AFGHANISTAN  145      	IRAQ  79     		NEPAL  226   
BAHRAIN  1    		ISRAEL  114      	OMAN  1  
BANGLADESH  5,031       JAPAN  448     		PAKISTAN  3,470   
BHUTAN  0    		JORDAN  114     	QATAR  0
BRUNEI  0    		NORTH KOREA  3     	SAUDI ARABIA  11   
BURMA  373      	KUWAIT  18    		SINGAPORE  19      
CAMBODIA  62     	LAOS  5      		SRI LANKA  322    
HONG KONG SPECIAL 	LEBANON  48      	SYRIA  60    
  ADMIN. REGION  267 	MALAYSIA  69		THAILAND  84
INDONESIA  241     	MALDIVES  4    		UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  1
IRAN  462      		MONGOLIA  8    		YEMEN  133     
     	   
EUROPE 
ALBANIA  4,482    	GREECE  92 		NORTHERN IRELAND  124
ANDORRA  0  		HUNGARY  219 		NORWAY  63
ARMENIA  1,068  	ICELAND  28		PORTUGAL  117
AUSTRIA  151  		IRELAND  652	   	    Macau  54
AZERBAIJAN  414		ITALY  540		ROMANIA  3,693
BELARUS  725		KAZAKHSTAN  511		RUSSIA  4,415
BELGIUM  114 		KYRGYZSTAN  161		SAN MARINO  0
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 88 	LATVIA  193 	SERBIA-MONTENEGRO  510
BULGARIA  4,181 	LIECHTENSTEIN  11	SLOVAKIA  458
CROATIA  152 		LITHUANIA  1,139	SLOVENIA  18
CYPRUS  38 		LUXEMBOURG  7		SPAIN  133
CZECH REPUBLIC  208	MACEDONIA, FORMER	SWEDEN  298
DENMARK  85 	  	YUGOSLAV REP. OF 274	SWITZERLAND  480
ESTONIA  108 		MALTA  9		TAJIKISTAN  97
FINLAND  133 		MOLDOVA  334		TURKEY  1,450
FRANCE  602 		MONACO  0		TURKMENISTAN  34
   Martinique  1	NETHERLANDS  188	UKRAINE  5,047
   Guadeloupe  1	   	Aruba  9	UZBEKISTAN  663
GEORGIA  381	   	Netherlands Antilles  8	VATICAN CITY  0
GERMANY  2,972 
           
NORTH AMERICA 
BAHAMAS, THE  14    

OCEANIA
AUSTRALIA  389      	NAURU  0 		SOLOMON ISLANDS  0  
FIJI  724      		NEW ZEALAND  213  	TONGA  96
KIRIBATI  0 		PALAU  0  		TUVALU  0    
MARSHALL ISLANDS  2     PAPUA NEW GUINEA  5   	VANUATU  0     
MICRONESIA, FEDERATED	SAMOA  15
 STATES OF  0	
	   	
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA  2	ECUADOR  345		SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS  3
ARGENTINA  229 		GRENADA  37		SAINT LUCIA  7
BARBADOS  16		GUATEMALA  223		SAINT VINCENT AND
BELIZE  7    		GUYANA  119		  THE GRENADINES  9
BOLIVIA  46     	HAITI  185		SURINAME  22
BRAZIL  393      	HONDURAS  79		TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  270
CHILE  69     		NICARAGUA  62		URUGUAY  28
COSTA RICA  89  	PANAMA  41		VENEZUELA  196
CUBA  985     		PARAGUAY  15
DOMINICA  16    	PERU  612

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-99: Canada, China (mainland and Taiwan, except Hong Kong S.A.R.), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Jamaica, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

OBTAINING THE MONTHLY VISA BULLETIN: The Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs offers the monthly Visa Bulletin on the Internet's World Wide Web. The INTERNET Web address to access the Bulletin is:

http://travel.state.gov

From the home page, select the Visa section which contains the Visa Bulletin.

In addition to the Internet, the Visa Bulletin can be accessed and downloaded from the Consular Affairs electronic bulletin board. Those with a computer and modem should dial (301) 946-4400. No special software is required. The login is travel; the password is info. (Lower case required.)

Individuals may also obtain the Visa Bulletin by fax. From a fax phone, dial (202) 647-3000. Follow the prompts and enter in the code 1038 to have each Bulletin faxed.

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

To be placed on the Department of State's Visa Bulletin mailing list or to change an address, please write to:

Visa Bulletin
Visa Office
Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20522-0106

Only addresses within the U.S. postal system may be placed on the mailing list. Please include a recent mailing label when reporting changes or corrections of address; the Postal Service does NOT automatically notify the Visa Office of address changes. (Obtaining the Visa Bulletin by mail is a much slower option than any of the alternatives mentioned above.)

The Visa Bulletin can also be contacted by E-mail at the following address:

VISABULLET@SA1WPOA.US-STATE.GOV

(The Visa Bulletin is not distributed by E-mail, however.)

Department of State Publication 9514
CA/VO:May 11, 1998

 
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