Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 99111271 (posted Nov. 12, 1999)"
IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR DECEMBER 1999
A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released November 12, 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.
Listed INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st 15SEP98 15SEP98 22OCT93 22MAR88
2A* 15SEP95 15SEP95 22JUN94 15SEP95
2B 22NOV92 22NOV92 22AUG91 22NOV92
3rd 08OCT95 08OCT95 01JUL91 15NOV87
4th 22SEP88 15MAR87 22SEP88 15JUL79
*NOTE: For DECEMBER, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 22JUN94. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 22JUN94 and earlier than 15SEP95. (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.)
Listed INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C
2nd C C C C
3rd C C C C
Other 01SEP93 01SEP93 01SEP93 01SEP93
4th C C C C
Certain C C C C
5th C C C C
Targeted Employ- C C C C
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 DECEMBER 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 DECEMBER, 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 Chargeability Areas
Region Listed Separately
AFRICA AF 12,800 Except: Ghana AF 6,040
Nigeria AF 5,801
ASIA AS 4,940
EUROPE EU 14,200 Except: Albania EU 4,501
NORTH AMERICA NA 15
OCEANIA OC 753
SOUTH AMERICA, SA 1,650
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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