Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
AILA Doc No. 98061155 | Dated June 11, 1998
IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR JULY 1998
A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released June 11, 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.
ability Areas CHINA
Except Those Mainland
Listed born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st 22JAN97 22JAN97 22JAN97 01AUG93 05FEB87 2A* 08FEB94 08FEB94 08FEB94 15MAR93 08FEB94 2B 01DEC91 01DEC91 01DEC91 01JUL91 01DEC91 3rd 01FEB95 01FEB95 01FEB95 15OCT89 01FEB87 4th 15MAR88 15MAR88 15FEB86 22MAY87 25MAY78
*NOTE: For JUNE, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 15MAR93. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 15MAR93 and earlier than 08FEB94. (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.)
ability Areas CHINA-
Except Those mainland
Listed born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C 08JUN97 C C C 2nd C 08MAY96 01NOV96 C C 3rd C 22FEB94 01AUG95 C C Other 01OCT91 01OCT91 01OCT91 01OCT91 01OCT91 Workers 4th C C C C C Certain 01OCT97 01OCT97 01OCT97 01OCT97 01OCT97 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 JULY 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 JULY, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-98 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 34,590 ASIA AS 12,601 EXCEPT: BANGLADESH AS 7,199 EUROPE EU 20,701 EXCEPT: ALBANIA EU 15,614 NORTH AMERICA NA 3 (BAHAMAS) OCEANIA CURRENT SOUTH AMERICA, CURRENT CENTRAL AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN
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. 98061155.