IMMIGRANT VISA NUMBERS ("Priority Dates") FOR JULY 2003
A. STATUTORY NUMBERS
First: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400 plus any numbers not required for fourth preference.
Second: Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent
Residents: 114,200, plus the number (if any) by which the worldwide family preference level exceeds 226,000, and any unused first preference numbers:
Third: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens: 23,400,
plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences.
Fourth: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens: 65,000, plus any numbers not required by first three preferences.
First: Priority Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required for fourth and fifth preferences.
Second: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability: 28.6% of the worldwide employment-based preference level, plus any numbers not required by first preference.
Third: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers: 28.6% of the worldwide level, plus any numbers not required by first and second preferences, not more than 10,000 of which to "Other Workers."
Fourth: Certain Special Immigrants: 7.1% of the worldwide level.
Fifth: Employment Creation: 7.1% of the worldwide level, not less than 3,000 of which reserved for investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area, and 3,000 set aside for investors in regional centers by Sec. 610 of P.L. 102-395.
Priority Dates for Family Based Immigrant Visas
All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES Family 1st 15DEC99 15DEC99 15MAY94 15MAR89 2A* 15MAY98 15MAY98 15DEC95 15MAY98 2B 01DEC94 01DEC94 15NOV91 01DEC94 3rd 15APR97 15APR97 08MAR94 01JAN88 4th 15AUG91 22MAR90 15AUG91 01FEB81
*NOTE: For July, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 15DEC95. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 15DEC95 and earlier than15MAY98. (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.)
Priority Dates for Employment-Based Immigrant Visas
All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES Employment-Based 1st C C C C 2nd C C C C 3rd C C C C Other Workers C C C C 4th C C C C Certain Religious Workers C C C C 5th C C C C Targeted Employment Areas/Regional Centers C C C C
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.
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 (NCARA) 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 NCARA program. This reduction has resulted in the DV-2003 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 July, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2003 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 Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA: AF 31,650
ASIA: AS 18,050
EUROPE: EU 36,00
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): NA 19
OCEANIA: OC 615
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN: SA 1,850
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-2003 program ends as of
September 30, 2003. DV visas may not be issued to DV-2003
applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children
accompanying or following to join DV-2003 principals are only
entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2003. DV
visa availability through the very end of FY-2003 cannot be taken
for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30. Once
all numbers provided by law for the DV-2003 program have been
used, no further issuances will be possible.
C. ADVANCE NOTIFICATION OF THE DIVERSITY (DV) IMMIGRANT CATEGORY RANK CUT-OFFS WHICH WILL APPLY IN JUNE
For August, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2003 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 Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA: AF 37,200
ASIA: AS 20,775
EUROPE: EU 37,200
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS): NA Current
OCEANIA: OC Current
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN: SA Current
D. OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF THE INDIA
Continued heavy applicant demand for Family preference numbers has required the oversubscription of the INDIA chargeability for July, to hold issuances within the annual numerical limitation. The result has been the establishment of a cut-off date in the Family Fourth (F4) category that is earlier than the Worldwide date. The oversubscription will only impact applicants in the INDIA Family Fourth preference category.
The oversubscription of the INDIA chargeability will have no impact on visa availability in the India Employment categories, which will remain Current.
E. RETROGRESSION OF THE PHILIPPINES FAMILY FIRST, THIRD, AND FOURTH PREFERENCE CUT-OFF DATES
Continued heavy applicant demand has required a retrogression of the PHILIPPINES Family First, Third, and Fourth preference cut-off dates for July. This has been done in an effort to keep the issuance level within the annual numerical limits. Further retrogressions, or unavailability, prior the end of the fiscal year cannot be ruled out.
F. DETERMINATION OF THE NUMERICAL LIMITS ON IMMIGRANT REQUIRED UNDER THE TERMS OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT (INA)
The State Department is required to make a determination of
the worldwide numerical limitations, as outlined in Section
201(c) and (d) of the INA, on an annual basis. These calculations
are based in part on data provided by the Department of Homeland
Security regarding the number of immediate relative adjustments
in the preceding year and the number of aliens paroled into the
United States under Section 212(d)(5) in the second preceding
year. Without this information, it is impossible to make an
official determination of the annual limits. To avoid delays in
processing while waiting for the data, the Visa Office bases
allocations on the minimum annual limits outlined in Section 201
of the INA.
The Department of State has determined the family and employment preference numerical limits for FY-2003 in accordance with the terms of Section 201 of the INA. These numerical limitations for FY-2003 are as follows:
Worldwide Family-Sponsored preference limit: 226,000
Worldwide Employment-Based preference limit: 171,532
Under INA Section 202(A), the per-country limit is fixed at 7% of the family and employment annual limits. For FY-2003 the per-country limit is 27,827. The dependent area annual limit is 2%, or 7,951.
G. OBTAINING THE MONTHLY VISA BULLETIN
The Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs offers the monthly "Visa Bulletin" on the INTERNET'S WORLDWIDE WEB. The INTERNET Web address to access the Bulletin is: http://travel.state.gov
From the home page, select the VISA section which contains the Visa Bulletin.
Individuals may also obtain the "Visa Bulletin" by FAX. From a FAX phone, dial (202) 647-3000. Follow the prompts and enter in the code 1522 to have each Bulletin FAXed.
To be placed on the Department of States E-mail subscription list for the Visa Bulletin, please provide your E-mail information to the following E-mail address:
The Department of State also has available a recorded message with visa cut-off dates which can be heard at (202) 663-1541. The recording is normally updated by the middle of each month with information on cut-off dates for the following month.
The Visa Bulletin can also be contacted by e-mail at the following address:
Department of State Publication 9514
CA/VO:June 9, 2003
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