Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
AILA Doc No. 96021259 | Dated February 12, 1996
IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR MARCH 1996 A) STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released February 12, 1996.) 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 14FEB86 2A* 15OCT92 15OCT92 15OCT92 22MAR92 15OCT92 2B 01OCT90 01OCT90 01OCT90 01OCT90 01OCT90 3rd 01JUL93 01JUL93 01JUL93 08OCT87 08NOV84 4th 01JAN86 01JAN86 08OCT84 08APR85 23SEP77 *NOTE: For MARCH, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 22MAR92. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 22MAR92 and earlier than 01OCT92. (2A numbers subject to per-country limit are "unavailable" for applicants chargeable to MEXICO.) (The three-year transition program which had provided additional visas for spouses/children of legalization beneficiaries has ended; petitions approved on behalf of such spouses/children 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 22JUL94 Other 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 Workers 4th C C C C 08MAY94 Certain C C C C 08MAY94 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 MARCH 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 MARCH, 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 number BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number: All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Region Listed Separately AFRICA CURRENT ASIA AS 06,358 EXCEPT: BANGLADESH AS 04,085 EUROPE CURRENT EXCEPT: POLAND EU 07,717 NORTH AMERICA CURRENT (BAHAMAS) OCEANIA OC OO,509 SOUTH AMERICA, CURRENT CENTRAL AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN NOTE: Increased demand for DV numbers by applicants from Poland has made necessary the establishment of the above rank cut-off for March. C. CHANGE IN VISA SERVICE AT CONSULAR OFFICES Visa services at the following consular offices ended as of the dates indicated: France: Consulate General, Bordeaux (Visa services ended January 12, 1996) Switzerland: Consulate General, Zurich (Visa services ended January 22, 1996)
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