United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs

VISA BULLETIN

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
1995 JUNE VISA BULLETIN NO. 51, VO. VII
BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS



                        United States Department of State
                            Bureau of Consular Affairs


Number 51      Volume VII                        Washington, D.C.
_____________________________________________________________________


                     IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR JUNE 1995


A.  STATUTORY NUMBERS

1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers 
during June.  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 May 9th 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.  The fiscal year 1995 limit for family-sponsored preference 
immigrants determined in accordance with Section 201 of the Immigration 
and Nationality Act (INA) is 253,721.  The fiscal year 1995 limit for 
employment-based preference immigrants calculated under INA 201 is 
146,503.  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., 28,016 for FY 1995.  The 
dependent area limit is set at 2%, or 8,004.

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.

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

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-
    ability Areas    CHINA- 
    Except Those     mainland  DOMINICAN
    Listed           born      REPUBLIC  INDIA     MEXICO    PHILIPPINES
Family

1st         C           C         C         C         C      26DEC85

2A*      15MAY92     15MAY92   15MAY92   15MAY92   15FEB92   15MAY92

2B       01MAY90     01MAY90   01MAY90   01MAY90   01MAY90   01MAY90

3rd      01NOV92     01NOV92   01NOV92   01NOV92   01MAY87   08NOV83 

4th      22JUN85     22JUN85   22JUN85   22NOV83   01JUN84   26AUG77


*NOTE:  For JUNE, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available 
to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 
15FEB92.  2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to 
applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates 
beginning 15FEB92 and earlier than 15MAY92.  (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.)



    All Charge-
    ability Areas    CHINA-
    Except Those     mainland  DOMINICAN
    Listed           born      REPUBLIC  INDIA     MEXICO    PHILIPPINES
Employment-
  Based

1st        C           C         C         C         C         C   

2nd        C           C         C         C         C         C   

3rd        C        29JUL93      C         C         C      01MAY94

  Other   01OCT90   01OCT90   01OCT90   01OCT90   01OCT90   01OCT90
 Workers

4th        C           C         C         C         C      13OCT93

  Certain  C           C         C         C         C      13OCT93
 Religious
 Workers          

5th        C           C         C         C         C         C   

  Targeted Employ-
 ment Areas/
 Regional Centers
           C           C         C         C         C         C 


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.

For June, 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 al
 
               All DV Charge-
               ability Areas
               Except Those
  Region       Listed Separately
 
  AFRICA            AF 21,956       EXCEPT:  ETHIOPIA  19,539
                                             NIGERIA   18,250

  ASIA              AS 04,296       EXCEPT:  BANGLADESH  AS 03,233

  EUROPE             Current        EXCEPT:  POLAND  (see note 1 below)

  NORTH AMERICA     (see note 1 below)
   (BAHAMAS)
 
  OCEANIA           OC 00,564
 
  SOUTH AMERICA,    (see note 2 below)
    CENTRAL AMERICA,
    and the CARIBBEAN

    NOTE 1:  No DV visa numbers were available for Poland and North 
America for June, since visas had already been made available to the FY-
1995 limit.  Further allocations will be possible only to the extent 
that numbers already made available are returned unused and can then be 
reallocated.

    NOTE 2:  Visas have already been made available for FY-1995 to the 
South America limit (2,589).  At present further South America DV 
allocations are "Unavailable".

    When the June DV allocations were initially made, Diversity visa 
numbers were provided for South America applicants on a "Current" basis.  
Applicants for whom numbers were allocated were scheduled for visa 
interviews and sent notification letters by the National Visa Center.  
Such scheduled visa interviews are not affected by the unavailability of 
further allocations, but if final action on such cases is not taken 
during the month for which a visa number has been allocated, there is no 
assurance that an allocation will be possible in the future.  DV numbers 
have already been made available as well to INS offices for many 
applicants seeking adjustment of status.  Subsequently, FY-1995 South 
America allocations reached the regional limit, which has resulted in 
the unavailability of any additional South America DV numbers at 
present.

    Some South America numbers made available to consular offices may be 
returned unused to the Department of State at the end of the month of 
allocation; such numbers would then be available for reallocation.  It 
is not likely that the amount of such numbers will be very great, 
however.  

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 made available to 
the limits, substantially more persons have been registered than there 
are visas, since many applicants are liable not to pursue their visa 
case.  

Allocation cut-offs are established if visa demand is in excess of the 
supply of visa numbers.  Heavy demand within a particular region or 
country could make necessary the retrogression (backward movement) of a 
rank cut-off.  When an annual visa limit is reached, no further 
allocations will be possible.  No applicant can take future DV visa 
availability for granted.  


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 in FY-1995; 1,303 of these numbers are reserved for 
applicants from Ireland (including Northern Ireland).  Entitlement to 
these visas is limited to natives of the 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.

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 were mailed during March 1995.

For June, immigrant numbers in the AA-1 category are available to 
qualified applicants 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):  Unavailable 
(allocation has been made to the numerical limit)

ASIA (eligible countries:  Indonesia and Japan):  4,296   

EUROPE (For the 24 AA-1 chargeability areas in Europe, NOT including 
Ireland and Northern Ireland):  No determination has been made on June 
AA-1 visa availability for this area pending clarification of Poland DV 
visa availability.

  For Ireland and Northern Ireland:  Current

SOUTH AMERICA (eligible country:  Argentina):  No determination has been 
made on June AA-1 visa availability for this area pending clarification 
of future DV visa availability.

An interim rule for the Fiscal Year 1995 AA-1 program was published in 
the Federal Register on February 8, 1995 (Fed. Reg. Vol. 60, No. 26, 
7443-7446).  AA-1 visa availability for countries other than Ireland 
(including Northern Ireland) will be closely influenced by Diversity 
(DV) visa availability for the various regions and countries.

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, 
applicants who intend to take advantage of this program must pursue 
their cases as expeditiously as possible.


OBTAINING 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 Consular and 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 in the code 
1038 to have the Bulletin FAXed to you.

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.)



Department of State Publication 9514
CA/VO:May 9, 1995

Return to Visa Bulletin Archive