IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR AUGUST 1999
A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released July 14, 1999.) 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.
All Charge- ability Areas CHINA- Except Those mainland Listed born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES Family 1st 01MAY98 01MAY98 01MAY98 08SEP93 22NOV87 2A* 08APR95 08APR95 08APR95 22MAR94 08APR95 2B 22AUG92 22AUG92 22AUG92 08AUG91 22AUG92 3rd 01AUG95 01AUG95 01AUG95 01MAR91 08SEP87 4th 22JUL88 22JUL88 01NOV86 22JUL88 15MAY79
*NOTE: For AUGUST, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 22MAR94. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 22MAR94 and earlier than 08APR95. (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.)
All Charge- ability Areas CHINA- Except Those mainland Listed born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES Employment- Based 1st C C C C C 2nd C C C C C 3rd C C C C C Other 08MAR93 08MAR93 08MAR93 08MAR93 08MAR93 Workers 4th C C C C C Certain C C C C C Religious Workers 5th C C C C C Targeted Employ- C C C C C ment 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 AUGUST 1999 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 AUGUST, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-99 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 25,100 NORTH AMERICA NA 24 (BAHAMAS) OCEANIA Current SOUTH AMERICA, SA 3,071 CENTRAL AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN
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-99 program ends as of September 30, 1999. DV visas may not be issued to DV-99 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-99 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 1999. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-1999 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30. Once all numbers provided by law for the DV-99 program have been used, no further issuances will be possible.