AILA Doc No. 97071069 | Dated July 10, 1997
IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR AUGUST 1997 A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released July 10, 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 01APR93 01APR93 01APR93 15AUG86 2A* 15APR93 15APR93 01AUG92 15APR93 2B 01MAY91 01MAY91 22APR91 01MAY91 3rd 01APR94 01APR94 08OCT88 13FEB86 4th 08JAN87 01APR85 22JUL86 01MAR78 *NOTE: For AUGUST, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01AUG92. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01AUG92 and earlier than 15APR93. (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 01AUG95 C C Other 01NOV88 01NOV88 01NOV88 01NOV88 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 AUGUST 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 AUGUST, 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 CURRENT EXCEPT: NIGERIA AF 14,702 ASIA CURRENT EUROPE EU 32,010 EXCEPT: ALBANIA EU 22,447 POLAND EU 09,366 NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) CURRENT OCEANIA CURRENT 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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