Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
AILA Doc No. 95081159 | Dated August 11, 1996
IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR SEPTEMBER 1995 A) STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released August 11, 1995.) 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 C 09JAN86 2A* 01JUL92 01JUL92 01JUL92 22FEB92 01JUL92 2B 22MAY90 22MAY90 22MAY90 22MAY90 22MAY90 3rd 15JAN93 15JAN93 15JAN93 01JUL87 01FEB84 4th 15AUG85 15AUG85 15APR84 01NOV84 13SEP77 *NOTE: For SEPTEMBER, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 22FEB92. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 22FEB92 and earlier than 01JUL92. (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.) EMPLOYMENT-BASED All Charge- ability Areas CHINA- Except Those mainland Listed born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 1st C C C C C 2nd C C C C C 3rd C C C C 01MAY94 Other 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 01MAR91 Workers 4th C C C C 24NOV93 Certain C C C C 24NOV93 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 SEPTEMBER 1995 VISA BULLETIN B. DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT (DV) CATEGORY Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act provides 55,000 immigrant visas each fiscal year (beginning with FY-1995) 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-1995 visa numbers for each region is as follows: Africa, 20,200; Asia, 6,837; Europe, 24,549; North America (Bahamas), 8; South America, Central America, and the Caribbean, 2,589; and Oceania, 817. For SEPTEMBER, 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 26,679 EXCEPT: ETHIOPIA 16,630 NIGERIA 17,918 ASIA AS 06,692 EUROPE Current EXCEPT: POLAND (see note below) NORTH AMERICA (see note below) (BAHAMAS) OCEANIA OC 00,681 SOUTH AMERICA, SA 01,368 CENTRAL AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN NOTE: Visas have already been made available to the FY-1995 numerical limit for Poland and North America. At present, additional Poland and North America allocations are unavailable. 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 Fiscal (visa) Year 1995 ends as of September 30, 1995, and their lottery registration will confer no benefit after that date. FY-1995 Diversity visa cases should be brought to completion as soon as possible.
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