Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
AILA Doc No. 97121199 | Dated December 11, 1997
Immigrant Numbers for January 1998
A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released December 11, 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 CHINA Except Those Mainland Listed born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 1st 15APR96 15APR96 15APR96 01MAY93 08NOV86 2A* 08AUG93 08AUG93 08AUG93 150CT92 08AUG93 2B 01JUL91 01JUL91 01JUL91 15MAY91 01JUL91 3rd 08JUL94 08JUL94 08JUL94 01FEB89 08AUG86 4th 08JUN87 08JUN87 01OCT85 01NOV86 17MAR78 *NOTE: For JANUARY, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 15OCT92. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 15OCT92 and earlier than 08AUG93. (2A numbers subject to per-country limit are "unavailable" for applicants chargeable to MEXICO.) EMPLOYMENT-BASED All Charge- ability Areas CHINA- Except Those mainland Listed born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 1st C 08APR97 C C C 2nd C 15MAR96 01MAY96 C C 3rd C 08DEC93 08FEB95 C C Other 01DEC90 01DEC90 01DEC90 01DEC90 01DEC90 Workers 4th C C C C C Certain 01JUN97 01JUN97 01JUN97 01JUN97 01JUN97 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 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 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 JANUARY, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries on a CURRENT basis. All DV Charge- ability Areas Except Those Region Listed Separately AFRICA AF 27,070 ASIA AS 10,220 EXCEPT: BANGLADESH AS 5,220 EUROPE CURRENT EXCEPT: ALBANIA EU 9,291 NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) CURRENT OCEANIA CURRENT SOUTH AMERICA CURRENT (CENTRAL AMERICA, and the CARRIBBEAN (NOTE: For January, a rank cut-off will be establish for Africa and Asia (regional) as well as Bangladesh and Albania (country) to hold issuances within the numerical limits. All other areas will remain Current for January. It remains to be seen if applicant demand will increase sufficiently to require oversubscription of any other region/country for 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. 97121199.