IMMIGRANT VISA NUMBERS ("Priority Dates") FOR OCTOBER 2000

A. STATUTORY NUMBERS (This communication provides priority dates and other transitional information as taken from the State Department's Visa Bulletin released September 15, 2000.) 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.

PREFERENCE
	        All Charge-
		ability Areas		CHINA-   	        
		Except Those		Mainland    	        
		Listed			born	   INDIA	MEXICO	    PHILIPPINES

Family

1st		01FEB99 		01FEB99	   01FEB99     15APR94      08APR88
2A*             15MAY96			15MAY96	   15MAY96     01OCT94	    15MAY96
2B              01MAY93			01MAY93	   01MAY93     01OCT91	    01MAY93
3rd             01MAR96			01MAR96	   01MAR96     01OCT94	    15NOV87
4th             22JUN89			22JUN89	   01JAN88     22JUN89	    01AUG79

*NOTE: For OCTOBER, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01OCT94. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01OCT94 and earlier than 15MAY96. (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	        	08MAR99	    01NOV99   	C	    C 
3rd                C	        	15MAR98	    08FEB97   	C	    C     
Other              01NOV95		01NOV95	    01NOV95   	01NOV95	    01NOV95    
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 OCTOBER VISA BULLETIN

B. DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT (DV) CATEGORY

Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act provides a maximum of up to 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. The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulates that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NACARA program. This reduction has resulted in the DV-2001 annual limit being reduced to 50,000. DV visas are divided among six geographic regions. No one country can receive more than seven percent of the available diversity visas in any one year.

For OCTOBER , immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2001 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	12,500		
						

ASIA                AS	5,100

EUROPE              EU	14,000		Except:	Albania EU 3,950

NORTH AMERICA       NA	10
(BAHAMAS)  

OCEANIA             OC	675 

SOUTH AMERICA,      SA	1,350
  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-2001 program ends as of September 30, 2001. DV visas may not be issued to DV-2001 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2001 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2001. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-2001 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30. Once all numbers provided by law for the DV-2001 program have been used, no further issuances will be possible.

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