United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs

VISA BULLETIN


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS
VISA BULLETIN Number 47, Volume 7


                         IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR MARCH 1995


A.  STATUTORY_NUMBERS

1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers 
during March. Consular officers are required to report to the 
Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for 
numerically limited visas; the Immigration and Naturalization 
Service reports applicants for adjustment of status.  Allocations 
were made, to the extent possible under the numerical limitations, 
for the demand received by February 7th in the chronological order 
of the reported priority dates.  If the demand could not be 
satisfied within the statutory or regulatory limits, the category or 
foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed 
oversubscribed.  The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is 
the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached 
within the numerical limits. Only applicants who have a priority 
date earlier than the cut-off date may be allotted a number.  
Immediately that it becomes necessary during the monthly allocation 
process to retrogress a cut-off date, supplemental requests for 
numbers will be honored only if the priority date falls within the 
new cut-off date.

2.  Section 201 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets an 
annual minimum family-sponsored preference limit of 226,000.  The 
worldwide level for annual employment-based preference immigrants is 
at least 140,000.  Section 202 prescribes that the per-country limit 
for preference immigrants is set at 7% of the total annual family-
sponsored and employment-based preference limits, i.e.,a minimum of 
25,620.  The dependent area limit is set at 2%, or a minimum of 
7,320.

3.  Section 203 of the INA prescribes preference classes for 
allotment of immigrant visas as follows:

FAMILY-SPONSORED_PREFERENCES

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:

A.  Spouses and Children:  77% of the overall second preference 
limitation, of which 75% are exempt from the per-country limit;

B.  Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older):  23% of 
the overall second preference limitation.

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.
                                        -2-                          
March 1995

EMPLOYMENT-BASED_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 300 set aside for investors in regional 
centers by Sec. 610 of P.L. 102-
395.

4.  INA Section 203(e) provides that family-sponsored and 
employment-based preference visas be issued to eligible immigrants 
in the order in which a petition in behalf of each has been filed.  
Section 203(d) provides that spouses and children of preference 
immigrants are entitled to the same status, and the same order of 
consideration, if accompanying or following to join the principal. 
The visa prorat

5.  On the chart below, the listing of a date for any class 
indicates that the class is oversubscribed (see paragraph 1); "C" 
means current, i.e., numbers are available for all qualified 
applicants; and "U" means unavailable, i.e., no numbers are 
available.  (NOTE:  Numbers are available only for applicants whose 
priority date is earlier than the cut-off date listed below.)

PREFERENCES
         All Charge-     CHINA:
         ability Areas   main-   DOMINI-
         Except Those    land    CAN RE-                    PHILIP-
         Listed          born    PUBLIC   INDIA    MEXICO   PINES
Family

1st            C          C        C        C      01OCT94  01DEC85

2A*          01FEB92    01FEB92  01FEB92  01FEB92  01JAN92  01FEB92

2B           22MAR90    22MAR90  22MAR90  22MAR90  22MAR90  01OCT89

3rd          15SEP92    15SEP92  15SEP92  15SEP92  15APR87  29SEP83

4th          22APR85    22APR85  22APR85  22AUG83  01MAY84  12AUG77


*NOTE:  For MARCH, 2A numbers EXEMPT_from_per-country_limit are 
available to applicants from all countries with priority dates 
earlier than 01JAN92.  2A numbers SUBJECT_to_per-country_limit are 
available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT_MEXICO 
with priority dates beginning 01JAN92 and earlier than 01FEB92.  (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.)

                                       -3-                         
March 1995


 
         All Charge-     CHINA:
         ability Areas   main-   DOMINI-
         Except Those    land    CAN RE-                    PHILIP-
         Listed          born    PUBLIC   INDIA    MEXICO   PINES
Employment-
  Based

1st         C            C          C        C       C        C
2nd         C            C          C        C       C        C
3rd         C            15JUL93    C        C       C       15MAR94
  Other   01SEP89        01SEP89  01SEP89  01SEP89  01SEP89  01SEP89
   Workers
4th         C            C          C        C       C       01AUG93
  Certain   C            C          C        C       C       01AUG93
   Religious
   Workers       
5th         C            C          C        C       C        C
  Targeted  C            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:  (area code 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 
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.
                                       -4-                         
March 1995    For March, immigrant numbers in the DV category are 
available to  qualified applicants chargeable to all 
regions/eligible countries as follows.   Visas are available only 
for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers  BELOW the 
specified allocation cut-off number:

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.

AS WITH EARLIER LOTTERIES, TO PERMIT DV VISAS TO BE ISSUED TO THE 
LIMITS,SUBSTANTIALLY MORE PERSONS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED THAN THERE 
ARE VISAS, SINCE MANY APPLICANTS ARE LIABLE NOT TO PURSUE THEIR VISA 
CASE.  APPLICANTS WHO WANT TO OBTAIN VISAS MUST RESPOND AS QUICKLY 
AS POSSIBLE TO THE DV NOTIFICATION LETTER. DV numbers available for 
allocation each month will be provided in order of lottery rank to 
applicants who have indicated that they are prepared to proceed with 
their visa case.  Allocation cut-offs will be established if visa 
demand is in excess of the supply of visa numbers.

Should future visa demand by applicants with lottery rank numbers 
lower than a particular cut-off prove insufficient to permit all DV 
visa numbers to be made available, the cut-off for later months will 
advance to a higher ranking on the regional or country registration 
list.  Heavy visa demand from a particular region or country could 
in principle make necessary the retrogression (backward movement) of 
a rank number cut-off also.No_applicant_should_take_future_DV_visa 
availability_for_granted.DV VISA NUMBERS COULD BE EXHAUSTED EVEN 
BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL (VISA) YEAR. APPLICANTS CANNOT ASSUME 
THAT DV VISAS WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH SEPTEMBER. WHENEVER VISA 
NUMBERS ARE USED TO THEIR LIMIT, NO FURTHER DV VISAS CAN BE ISSUED 
AT CONSULAR OFFICES ABROAD, AND NO FURTHER DV ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS 
APPLICATIONS CAN BE APPROVED AT INS OFFICES IN THE U.S.  LOTTERY 
WINNERS WHO WISH TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR DV REGISTRATION MUST BE 
PREPARED TO PURSUE THEIR VISA OR ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS CASE TO PROMPT 
CONCLUSION.

                                       -5-                         
March 1995



C.  TRANSITION DIVERSITY (AA-1) CATEGORY FOR NATIVES OF CERTAIN 
"ADVERSELY AFFECTED"_COUNTRIES

Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Technical Corrections 
Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-416) permits the 1,404 AA-1 visa numbers which 
were unused during the three year (FYs 1992 through 1994) term of 
that program to be issued during FY-1995.  Entitlement to these 
visas is limited to natives of certain countries which had earlier 
been identified as "adversely affected" for purposes of the "NP-5" 
immigrant program established under Section 314 of the Immigration 
Reform and Control Act of 1986 (P.L. 99-603).  Applicants for these 
visas are to be selected from among those who had submitted 
applications for Diversity (DV-1) visas during the June 1994 mail-in 
period. For AA-1 countries other than Ireland and Northern Ireland, 
visa recipients will be identified from persons who have already 
been notified of their registration for a Diversity (DV-1) visa; 
there will be no additional applicants registered. Additional 
registrations are needed to permit use of all of the AA-1 visas 
reserved for Ireland and Northern Ireland, however.  Notification 
letters for the additional persons registered for those AA-1 numbers 
are to be mailed during February 1995.

For March, immigrant numbers in the AA-1 category are available to 
qualifiedapplicants as follows:  (If an allocation cut-off number is 
indicated, visas are available only for applicants with rank order 
numbers below the specified allocation cut-off.):

AFRICA (eligible countries:  Algeria and Tunisia):  AF 18,070

ASIA (eligible

EUROPE (For the 24 AA-1 chargeability areas in Europe, NOT including 
Ireland and Northern Ireland):  EU 7,459

For Ireland and Northern Ireland:   CURRENT

SOUTH AMERICA (eligible country:  Argentina):   SA 2,818

Since the amount of AA-1 visas is so limited and since the visa 
numbers could be exhausted even before the September 30 end of FY-
1995, eligible applicants must respond as quickly as possible to 
their visa notification letter.


D.  INSTRUCTIONS_TO_OBTAIN_THE_MONTHLY_VISA_BULLETIN


The Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs now offers the 
monthly "Visa Bulletin" on the INTERNET.  The INTERNET address to 
access the Bulletin is dosfan.lib.uic.edu.  From the gopher menu, 
select Travel Information and you will find the Visa Bulletin in the 
Bureau of Consular Affairs section.

In addition to the INTERNET, the "Visa Bulletin" can be accessed and 
downloaded from the Consular Affairs electronic bulletin board.  
Those with a computer and modem should dial (202) 647-9225.  No 
password or special software are required.

Individuals may also obtain the "Visa Bulletin" by FAX.  From a FAX 
phone, dial (202) 647-3000.  Follow the prompts and enter the code 
1038 to have the Bulletin FAXed to you.

Those who wish to hear the monthly priority cut-off dates should 
call (202) 663-1541 for recorded information from the "Visa 
Bulletin."

                                       -6-                         
March 1995



To be placed on the Department of State's Visa Bulletin mailing 
list, please write to:  Visa Bulletin, Visa Office, Department of 
State, Washington, D.C. 20522-0113.  Only addresses within the U.S. 
postal system may be placed on the mailing list.  Please include a 
recent mailing label when reporting changes or corrections of 
address; the Postal Service does NOT automatically notify the Visa 
Office of address changes.  (Obtaining the Visa Bulletin by mail is 
a much slower option than any of the alternatives mentioned above.)


D.  
RECENT_AMENDMENT_TO_THE_VISA_PORTION_OF_THE_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS_MANUAL_(
FAM)

Transmittal Letter VISA-104 dated January 6, 1995, which updates the 
visa portion (Vol. 9) of the FAM, is now available.

VISA-104 amends 9 FAM, Parts II and III:  Section 41.51 Exhibit III 
is a copy of the proposed Form OF-156E.  Section 42.32(d)(1) 
Regs/Statutes was inadvertently omitted from TL VISA-101.

There is a charge of $1.50 per copy of VISA-104.  A check payable to 
the Department of State must accompany the order.  These TLs may be 
obtained from:
                            Distribution Services (OIS/PS/PR)
                            Room B847 A
                            Department of State
                            Washington, D.C.  20520








Department of State Publication 9514
CA/VO:February 7, 1995


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