Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
AILA Doc No. 98011259 | Dated January 12, 1998
Immigrant Numbers for February 1998
A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released January 12, 1998.) 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 1st 15MAY96 15MAY96 15MAY96 15MAY93 03DEC86 2A* 08SEP93 08SEP93 08SEP93 08NOV92 08SEP93 2B 22JUL91 22JUL91 22JUL91 22MAY91 22JUL91 3rd 15AUG94 15AUG94 15AUG94 15MAR89 22SEP86 4th 01AUG87 01AUG87 01DEC85 08DEC86 30MAR78 *NOTE: For FEBRUARY, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 08NOV92. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 08NOV92 and earlier than 08SEP93. (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.) EMPLOYMENT-BASED All Charge- ability Areas CHINA- Except Those mainland Listed born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 1st C 15MAY97 C C C 2nd C 08APR96 01JUN96 C C 3rd C 22JAN94 01APR95 C C Other 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 Workers 4th C C C C C Certain 22JUN97 22JUN97 22JUN97 22JUN97 22JUN97 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 FEBRUARY 1998 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. Not more than 3,850 visas (7% of the 55,000 visa limit) may be provided to immigrants from any one country. For FEBRUARY, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-98 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries on a "CURRENT" basis, except as listed below. All DV Charge- ability Areas Except Those Region Listed Separately AFRICA CURRENT ASIA AS 10,641 EXCEPT: BANGLADESH AS 5,620 EUROPE CURRENT EXCEPT: ALBANIA EU 9,291 NORTH AMERICA CURRENT (BAHAMAS) OCEANIA CURRENT SOUTH AMERICA, CURRENT CENTRAL AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN (NOTE: It remains to be seen if applicant demand will increase sufficiently to require over subscription of any other region/country in a subsequent month.) 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-98 program ends as of September 30, 1998. DV visas may not be issued to DV-98 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-98 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 1998. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-1998 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30. Once all numbers provided by law for the DV-98 program have been used, no further issuances will be possible.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 98011259.