Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
AILA Doc No. 97021159 | Dated February 11, 1997
IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR MARCH 1997 A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released February 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 01APR96 01APR96 08DEC92 15JUL86 2A* 15FEB93 15FEB93 08JUN92 15FEB93 2B 08MAR91 08MAR91 08MAR91 08MAR91 3rd 22DEC93 22DEC93 01FEB88 08NOV85 4th 15AUG86 01MAR85 01OCT85 01DEC77 *NOTE: For MARCH, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 08JUN92. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 08JUN92 and earlier than 15FEB93. (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 22MAR96 C C 3rd C 15NOV94 C C Other 01MAR90 01MAR90 01MAR90 01MAR90 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 MARCH 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 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 numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number: All DV Charge- ability Areas Except Those Region Listed Separately AFRICA AF 35,830 EXCEPT: GHANA AF 07,564 NIGERIA AF 06,812 ASIA AS 08,811 EXCEPT: BANGLADESH AS 06,910 EUROPE EU 27,399 EXCEPT: ALBANIA EU 16,850 POLAND EU 06,410 NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) CURRENT OCEANIA CURRENT SOUTH AMERICA CURRENT (CENTRAL AMERICA, and the CARRIBBEAN (NOTE: Heavy applicant demand has resulted in the establishment of a regional rank cut-off for Europe, and has required the retrogression of the Ghana and Nigeria rank cutt-offs for March. Increased demand for DV numbers from Oceania will make necessary the establishment of a regional rank cut-off for April.) 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.
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