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AILA Doc. No. 97081259 | Dated August 12, 1997
IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR SEPTEMBER 1997 A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released August 12, 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 15FEB94 15FEB94 15FEB94 15SEP86 2A* 15MAY93 15MAY93 22AUG92 15MAY93 2B 08MAY91 08MAY91 01MAY91 08MAY91 3rd 01APR94 01APR94 08NOV88 01APR86 4th 01FEB87 01MAY85 08AUG86 01MAR78 *NOTE: For SEPTEMBER, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 22AUG92. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 22AUG92 and earlier than 15MAY93. (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 C C C 3rd C 08DEC95 C C Other 01JUL88 01JUL88 01JUL88 01JUL88 Workers 4th C C C C Certain 01FEB95 01FEB95 01FEB95 01FEB95 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 SEPTEMBER 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 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 CURRENT ASIA CURRENT EUROPE EU 34,855 EXCEPT: ALBANIA EU 23,008 NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) CURRENT OCEANIA CURRENT SOUTH AMERICA CURRENT (CENTRAL AMERICA, and the CARRIBBEAN 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. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-1997 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30. Once all numbers provided by law for the DV-97 program have been used, no further issuances will be possible. C. RETROGRESSION OF THE WORLDWIDE “OTHER WORKER” CUT-OFF DATE For September, the last month of the fiscal year, it has been necessary to retrogress the Other Worker (EW) cut-off date for all countries to hold the FY-1997 issuances within the 10,000 annual limit for this category. The Other Worker cut-off date is expected to advance once again with the start of the new fiscal year in October.
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