Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
AILA Doc No. 95121459 | Dated December 14, 1995
IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR JANUARY 1996 A) STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released December 14, 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 1st C C C 01APR95 29JAN86 2A* 22AUG92 22AUG92 22AUG92 01MAR92 22AUG92 2B 01AUG90 01AUG90 01AUG90 01AUG90 01AUG90 3rd 08MAY93 08MAY93 08MAY93 08AUG87 08JUN84 4th 08OCT85 08OCT85 15JUN84 15JAN85 15SEP77 *NOTE: For JANUARY, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01MAR92. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01MAR92 and earlier than 22AUG92. (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 08JAN94 Certain C C C C 08JAN94 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 JANUARY 1996 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 JANUARY, 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 ASIA AS 07,481 EXCEPT: BANGLADESH 04,085 EUROPE CURRENT NORTH AMERICA CURRENT (BAHAMAS) OCEANIA CURRENT SOUTH AMERICA, CURRENT CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN NOTE: Increased demand for DV numbers by applicants from Asia (regional) and Bangladesh (country) has resulted in the establishment of the above rank cut-offs. A rank cut-off will remain in effect for the foreseeable future in order to hold issuance within the annual limits (regional/country). For February, a rank cut-off will also be established for Oceania (regional), and a cut-off will remain in effect for March. For March, it will be necessary to establish a rank cut-off for Poland (country). All other areas (other than those mentioned) will stay "Current" for February and March. 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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