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Visa Bulletin for September 1999

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 99081158 (posted Aug. 11, 1999)"

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs

VISA BULLETINNumber 10
Volume VIII
Washington, D.C.

IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR SEPTEMBER 1999

A. STATUTORY NUMBERS

1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during September. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarilyqualified applicants for numerically limited visas; the Immigration andNaturalization Service reports applicants for adjustment of status. Allocations weremade, to the extent possible under the numerical limitations, for the demand receivedby August 9th in the chronological order of the reported priority dates. If thedemand could not be satisfied within the statutory or regulatory limits, the categoryor 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 applicantwho could not be reached within the numerical limits. Only applicants who have apriority date earlier than the cut-off date may be allotted a number. Immediatelythat 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 datefalls within the new cut-off date.

2. The fiscal year 1999 limit for family-sponsored preference immigrants determinedin accordance with Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is226,000. The fiscal year 1999 limit for employment-based preference immigrantscalculated under INA 201 is 160,898. Section 202 prescribes that the per-countrylimit for preference immigrants is set at 7% of the total annual family-sponsored andemployment-based preference limits, i.e., 27,083 for FY-1999. The dependent area limit is set at 2%, or 7,738.

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

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES

First: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400 plus any numbers notrequired 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 familypreference level exceeds 226,000, and any unused first preference numbers:

A. Spouses and Children: 77% of the overall second preference limitation,of which75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

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

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

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

EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES

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

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

Third: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers: 28.6% of the worldwidelevel, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than10,000 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 ofwhich reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and3,000 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-basedpreference visas be issued to eligible immigrants in the order in which a petitionin behalf of each has been filed. Section 203(d) provides that spouses and childrenof preference immigrants are entitled to the same status, and the same order ofconsideration, if accompanying or following to join the principal. The visaprorating provisions of Section 202(e) apply to allocations for a foreign state ordependent area when visa demand exceeds the per-country limit. These provisionsapply at present to the following oversubscribed chargeability areas: INDIA, MEXICO,and PHILIPPINES.

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

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

Family

1st		 08JUN98	08JUN98		22SEP93		22JAN88
2A*              08MAY95	08MAY95		01MAY94		08MAY95
2B               15SEP92	15SEP92		15AUG91		15SEP92
3rd              08AUG95	08AUG95		15MAR91		15OCT87
4th              01AUG88	08DEC86		01AUG88		01JUL79
*NOTE: For September, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01MAY94. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01MAY94 and earlier than 08MAY95. (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              15APR93	15APR93	    15APR93   15APR93	15APR93    
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 availabilityinformation which can be heard at (202) 663-1541. This recording will be updated inthe 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 immigrantvisas each fiscal year to permit immigration opportunities for persons from countries other than the principal sources of current immigration to the UnitedStates. DV visas are divided among six geographic regions. Not more than 3,850visas (7% of the 55,000 visa limit) may be provided to immigrants from any onecountry.

For September, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-99applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows:

		    All DV Charge-                 
		    ability Areas                 
		    Except Those  
Region              Listed Separately  

AFRICA              Current        

ASIA                Current		  

EUROPE              Current        

NORTH AMERICA       Current
(BAHAMAS)  

OCEANIA             Current    

SOUTH AMERICA,      Current
  CENTRAL AMERICA,    
  and the CARIBBEAN

Entitlement to immigrant status in the DV category lasts only through the end of thefiscal (visa) year for which the applicant is selected in the lottery. The year ofentitlement for all applicants registered for the DV-99 program ends as of September30, 1999. DV visas may not be issued to DV-99 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-99 principalsare only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 1999. DV visaavailability through the very end of FY-1999 cannot be taken for granted. Numberscould be exhausted prior to September 30. Once all numbers provided by law for theDV-99 program have been used, no further issuances will be possible.

C. ADVANCE NOTIFICATION OF THE DIVERSITY (DV) IMMIGRANT CATEGORY RANK CUT-OFFS WHICHWILL APPLY IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER FOR THE DV-2000 PROGRAM

For October, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2000applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When anallocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DVregional 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

For November, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2000 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When anallocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DVregional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

		    All DV Charge-                 
		    ability Areas                 
		    Except Those  
Region              Listed Separately  

AFRICA              AF 12,704        

ASIA                AS 4,940		  

EUROPE              EU 14,200        Except:  Albania  EU 4,501

NORTH AMERICA       NA     15   
(BAHAMAS)  

OCEANIA             OC     753    

SOUTH AMERICA,      SA  1,650    
  CENTRAL AMERICA,    
  and the CARIBBEAN

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

http://travel.state.gov

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

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 Bulletinfaxed.

(The Department of State also has available a recorded message with visa cut-offdates which can be heard at (202) 663-1541. The recording is updated in the middleof 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 anaddress, 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 ofaddress; the Postal Service does NOT automatically notify the Visa Office of addresschanges. (Obtaining the Visa Bulletin by mail is a much slower option than any ofthe alternatives mentioned above.)

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

VISABULLETIN@STATE.GOV

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

Department of State Publication 9514
CA/VO:August 9, 1999

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