Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
AILA Doc No. 98021258 | Dated February 12, 1998
A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released February 12, 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.
PREFERENCES FAMILY All Charge- ability Areas CHINA Except Those Mainland Listed born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 1st 08JUL96 08JUL96 08JUL96 01JUL93 22DEC86 2A* 15OCT93 15OCT93 15OCT93 08DEC92 15OCT93 2B 15AUG91 15AUG91 15AUG91 01JUN91 15AUG91 3rd 22SEP94 22SEP94 15SEP94 01MAY89 15NOV86 4th 01OCT87 01OCT87 22JAN86 15JAN87 15APR78 *NOTE: For MARCH, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 08DEC92. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 08DEC92 and earlier than 15OCT93. (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.) EMPLOYMENT-BASED All Charge- ability Areas CHINA- Except Those mainland Listed born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 1st C 22MAY97 C C C 2nd C 15APR96 22JUN96 C C 3rd C 01FEB94 08MAY95 C C Other 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 Workers 4th C C C C C Certain 01JUL97 01JUL97 01JUL97 01JUL97 01JUL97 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 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 MARCH, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-98 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries on a "CURRENT" basis, except as listed below. All DV Charge- ability Areas Except Those Region Listed Separately AFRICA AF 27,200 ASIA AS 10,641 EXCEPT: BANGLADESH AS 6,002 EUROPE EU 17,711 EXCEPT: ALBANIA EU 10,229 BULGARIA EU 13,653 NORTH AMERICA CURRENT (BAHAMAS) OCEANIA CURRENT SOUTH AMERICA, CURRENT CENTRAL AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN (NOTE: It remains to be seen if applicant demand will increase sufficiently to require over subscription of any other region/country in 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.
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