AILA Doc. No. 97061159 | Dated June 11, 1997
IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR JULY 1997 A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released June 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 Except Those Listed INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 1st 08APR96 08APR96 08MAR93 01AUG86 2A* 01APR93 01APR93 15JUL92 01APR93 2B 22APR91 22APR91 15APR91 22APR91 3rd 22MAR94 22MAR94 01AUG88 15JAN86 4th 22DEC86 22MAR85 01MAY86 01FEB78 *NOTE: For JULY, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 15JUL92. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 15JUL92 and earlier than 01APR93. (2A numbers subject to per-country limit are "unavailable" for applicants chargeable to MEXICO.) EMPLOYMENT-BASED All Charge- ability Areas Except Those Listed INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 1st C C C C 2nd C C C C 3rd C 15JUN95 C C Other 01APR90 01APR90 01APR90 01APR90 Workers 4th C C C C Certain C C C C Religious Workers 5th C C C C Targeted 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 JULY 1997 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 JULY, 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 AF 52,320 EXCEPT: GHANA AF 15,570 NIGERIA AF 12,620 ASIA CURRENT EUROPE EU 31,860 EXCEPT: ALBANIA EU 20,851 POLAND EU 08,525 NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) CURRENT OCEANIA CURRENT SOUTH AMERICA CURRENT (CENTRAL AMERICA, and the CARRIBBEAN 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-97 program ends as of September 30, 1997. DV visas may not be issued to DV-97 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-97 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 1997. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-1997 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30. Once all numbers provided by law for the DV-97 program have been used, no further issuances will be possible.
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