Visa Bulletin for December 1995


A) STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other
transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin
released November 13, 1995.)

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.

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

1st  C            C           C         01APR95     24JAN86

2A*  01AUG92      01AUG92     01AUG92   22FEB92     01AUG92

2B   15JUL90      15JUL90     15JUL90   15JUL90     15JUL90

3rd  15APR93      15APR93     15APR93   15JUL87     01MAY84

4th  15SEP85      15SEP85     01MAY84   01DEC84     15SEP77

*NOTE:  For DECEMBER, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are
available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than
22FEB92.  2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to
applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates
beginning 22FEB92 and earlier than 01AUG92.  (2A numbers subject to per-
country limit are "unavailable" for applicants chargeable to MEXICO.) (The
three-year transition program which had provided additional visass has
endhildren continue to accord them status in the Family 2A preference,

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

1st  C             C            C         C           C

2nd  C             C            C         C           C

3rd  C             C            C         C           01MAY94

Other 01MAR91      01MAR91      01MAR91   01MAR91     01MAR91   

4th   C            C            C         C           16DEC93

Certain  C         C            C         C           16DEC93   
Religious Workers

5th   C            C            C         C           C

Targeted C         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. 



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.

The allotment of FY-1996 visa numbers for each region is as follows:
Africa, 20,426; Asia, 7,087; Europe, 24,257; North America (Bahamas), 8;
South America, Central America, and the Caribbean, 2,407; and Oceania, 815.

For DECEMBER, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to
qualified applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries on a
"CURRENT" basis. 

(NOTE:  For January and February, there will be rank cut-offs for Asia
(regional) and Bangladesh (country) to hold issuances within the limits.
For February, a rank cut-off will also be established for Oceania
(regional).  All other areas will stay "Current" for January and February.  
It remains to be seen if applicant demand will increase sufficiently to 
oversubscribe any other region/country for a subsequent month.)

© 1999, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 95111358.