Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
AILA Doc No. 95111358 | Dated November 13, 1995
IMMIGRANT NUMBERS 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. PREFERENCES FAMILY All Charge- ability Areas CHINA- Except Those mainland Listed born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES Family 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, however.) 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 01MAY94 Other 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 Workers 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. ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE DECEMBER 1995 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. 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.)
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