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AILA Doc. No. 97101056 | Dated October 10, 1997
IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR NOVEMBER 1997 A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released October 10, 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 01FEB95 01FEB95 01MAY93 13OCT86 2A* 22JUN93 22JUN93 22SEP92 22JUN93 2B 01JUN91 01JUN91 01MAY91 01JUN91 3rd 08MAY94 08MAY94 01JAN89 01JUN86 4th 01APR87 15JUL85 01OCT86 08MAR78 *NOTE: For NOVEMBER, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 22SEP92. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 22SEP92 and earlier than 22JUN93. (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 01DEC95 C C 3rd C 15DEC94 C C Other 01APR90 01APR90 01APR90 01APR90 Workers 4th C C C C Certain 01NOV96 01NOV96 01NOV96 01NOV96 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 NOVEMBER 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 NOVEMBER, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries on a CURRENT basis. (NOTE: All regions/countries will be “Current” for December as well. For January, a rank cut-off will be establish for Africa and Asia (regional) as well as Albania (country) to hold issuances within the numerical limits. All other areas will remain Current for January. It remains to be seen if applicant demand will increase sufficiently to require oversubscription of any other region/country for 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. C. RETROGRESSION OF THE INDIA EMPLOYMENT THIRD CUT-OFF DATE Continued heavy applicant demand for INDIA Employment THIRD preference numbers (primarily for adjustment of status cases at INS offices) has required the retrogression of this cut-off date for November. During FY-98, 2,803 visa numbers are provided by law for the INDIA Employment Third preference category. Visa demand is very much in excess of this limit and cut-off date movement is likely to be slow for the next several months. If later in the fiscal year the numbers which fall into the Third preference, the visa cut-off date for that category may be able to move ahead more rapidly.
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