United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs

VISA BULLETIN


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE  
1995 September Visa Bulletin No. 54, Vol. VII  
Bureau of Consular Affairs  
  


                        United States Department of State 
                            Bureau of Consular Affairs 
 
 
Number 54      Volume VII                      Washington, D.C. 

 
                       IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR SEPTEMBER 1995 
 
 
A.  STATUTORY NUMBERS 
 
1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers 
during September.  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 August 8th 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 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 prorating provisions of 
Section 202(e) apply to allocations for a foreign state or dependent 
area when visa demand exceeds the per-country limit.  These provisions 
apply at present to the following oversubscribed chargeability areas:  
CHINA-mainland born, INDIA, MEXICO, and PHILIPPINES. 
 
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  
        Listed          born       INDIA     MEXICO     PHILIPPINES 
Family 
 
1st          C           C           C           C        09JAN86 
 
2A*       01JUL92     01JUL92     01JUL92     22FEB92     01JUL92 
 
2B        22MAY90     22MAY90     22MAY90     22MAY90     22MAY90 
 
3rd      15JAN93     15JAN93     15JAN93     01JUL87     01FEB84  
 
4th      15AUG85     15AUG85     15APR84     01NOV84     13SEP77 
 
 
*NOTE:  For SEPTEMBER, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are 
available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier 
than 22FEB92.  2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to 
applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates 
beginning 22FEB92 and earlier than 01JUL92.  (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   
         Listed           born       INDIA     MEXICO    PHILIPPINES 
Employment- 
  Based 
 
1st          C           C           C           C           C    
 
2nd          C           C           C           C           C    
 
3rd          C           C           C           C        01MAY94 
 
  Other  01MAR91     01MAR91     01MAR91     01MAR91     01MAR91 
  Workers 
 
4th          C           C           C           C        24NOV93 
 
  Certain    C           C           C           C        24NOV93 
  Religious 
  Workers 
 
5th          C           C           C           C           C    
 
  Targeted Employ-  C    C           C           C           C  
  ment Areas/ 
  Regional Centers 
 
 
NOTE:  The visa availability dates shown in the first column of the 
lists above (that is, the "ALL CHARGEABILITY AREAS etc." column) apply 
to the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC in all preference categories.  The DOMINICAN 
REPUBLIC is, therefore, not currently an "oversubscribed" country for 
visa allocation purposes, and accordingly will no longer be listed 
separately on the chart of monthly cut-off dates. 
 
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 September, 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 allocation cut-off number: 
  
 
               All DV Charge- 
               ability Areas 
               Except Those 
  Region       Listed Separately 
  
  AFRICA            AF 29,679       EXCEPT:  ETHIOPIA  16,630 
                                             NIGERIA   17,918 
 
  ASIA              AS 06,692 
  
  EUROPE             Current        EXCEPT:  POLAND  (see note below) 
  
  NORTH AMERICA     (see note below) 
   (BAHAMAS) 
  
  OCEANIA           OC 00,681 
  
  SOUTH AMERICA,    SA 01,368 
    CENTRAL AMERICA, 
    and the CARIBBEAN 
 
    NOTE:  Visas have already been made available to the FY-1995 
numerical limit for Poland and North America.  At present, additional 
Poland and North America allocations are unavailable.   
 
 
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.  FY-1995 Diversity 
visa cases should be brought to completion as soon as possible. 
 
 
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; 1,313 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 period.   
 
For September, immigrant numbers in the AA-1 category are available to 
qualified applicants as follows:   
 
   For Ireland and Northern Ireland:  Current 
 
FY-1995 AA-1 numbers for all other areas have been made available to the 
limit. 
 
 
D.  IMMIGRANT VISA PROCESSING AT ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN 
 
Item E in Visa Bulletin no. 52 announced the transfer of immigrant visa 
processing in Pakistan from Karachi to Islamabad.  The Department of 
State wishes to make clear that the U.S. Embassy at Islamabad will 
process immigrant visa cases for all residents of Pakistan and 
Afghanistan.  Discretionary jurisdiction cases for non-residents cannot 
be accepted at Islamabad because of the post's heavy workload, however. 
 

E.  DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA LOTTERY (DV-96) RESULTS 

   The National Visa Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has registered 
the winners of the DV-96 permanent diversity lottery.  The diversity 
lottery was legislated under Section 203(c) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act of 1990 and makes available 55,000 permanent resident 
visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration 
to the United States.  Approximately 100,000 applicants have been 
registered and may now make an application for an immigrant visa. 
 
   Applicants registered for the DV-96 program were selected at random 
from the approximately 4.5 million qualified entries received during the 
one-month application period which ran from midnight January 31, 1995 
through midnight March 1, 1995.  An additional 2.2 million applications 
received (inside and outside the mail-in period) were disqualified for 
failing to properly follow directions. 
 
   The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions with a 
limit of seven percent or 3,850 visas that can be issued to persons born 
in any single country.  During the visa interview, principal applicants 
must provide proof of a high school education or its equivalent or show 
two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two 
years of training or experience within the past five years. 
 
   Those selected will need to act on their immigrant visa applications 
quickly.  Applicants should follow the instructions in their packet and 
must fully complete the information requested.  Registrants living in 
the United States who wish to apply for adjustment of their status must 
contact the Immigration and Naturalization Service.  Once the total 
55,000 visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 1996 
will end.  There are no provisions in the law to carry over unused visa 
numbers.   
 
   The National Visa Center expects to complete the notification of the 
winners in August.  Only the winners will be notified.  Applicants who 
have not received their notifications by the end of August or early 
September were not selected and may wish to check the lottery hotline at 
(202) 663-1600 for updates on next year's lottery, the dates of which 
have not yet been scheduled.  
 
The following is the statistical breakdown by foreign state 
chargeability of 
those registered for the DV-96 program:  
 
I.  AFRICA - (20,426 visas are available in fiscal year 1996): 
 
ALGERIA (1,100)         GABON (17)            NIGERIA (6,874) 
ANGOLA (44)             GAMBIA, THE (189)     RWANDA (39) 
BENIN (78)              GHANA (6,815)         SAO TOME & PRINCIPE (0) 
BOTSWANA (11)           GUINEA (288)          SENEGAL (870) 
BURKINA FASO (15)       GUINEA-BISSAU (14)    SEYCHELLES (3) 
BURUNDI (41)            KENYA (956)           SIERRA LEONE (1,091) 
CAMEROON (582)          LESOTHO (4)           SOMALIA (1,368) 
CAPE VERDE (109)        LIBERIA (895)         SOUTH AFRICA (1,221) 
CENTRAL AF. REP. (20)   LIBYA (57)            SUDAN (1,335) 
CHAD (16)               MADAGASCAR (22)       SWAZILAND (0) 
COMOROS (1)             MALAWI (27)           TANZANIA (395) 
CONGO (1)               MALI (131)            TOGO (275) 
COTE D'IVOIRE (494)     MAURITANIA (25)       TUNISIA (246) 
DJIBOUTI (25)           MAURITIUS (42)        UGANDA (381) 
EGYPT (4,056)           MOROCCO (677)         ZAIRE (269) 
EQUATORIAL GUINEA (1)   MOZAMBIQUE (27)       ZAMBIA (132) 
ERITREA (540)           NAMIBIA (4)           ZIMBABWE (206) 
ETHIOPIA (4,413)        NIGER (16) 
 
 
II.  ASIA - (7,087 visas are available for fiscal year 1996): 
 
AFGHANISTAN (164)       ISRAEL (122)          OMAN (0) 
BAHRAIN (1)             JAPAN (358)           PAKISTAN (3,000) 
BANGLADESH (6,867)      JORDAN (60)           QATAR (1) 
BHUTAN (0)              NORTH KOREA (9)       SAUDI ARABIA (21) 
BRUNEI (0)              KUWAIT (23)           SINGAPORE (21) 
BURMA (197)             LAOS (7)              SRI LANKA (260) 
CAMBODIA (30)           LEBANON (70)          SYRIA (68) 
HONG KONG (377)         MALAYSIA (125)        THAILAND (88) 
INDONESIA (232)         MALDIVES (0)          UNITED ARAB EM. (4) 
IRAN (436)              MONGOLIA (0)          YEMEN (30) 
IRAQ (82)               NEPAL (124)            
 
 
(Asia countries that did not qualify for this year's DV-96 are: 
 CHINA - mainland born and Taiwan born, INDIA, SOUTH KOREA, 
 PHILIPPINES, and VIETNAM.) 
 
 
III.  EUROPE (24,257 visas for fiscal year 1996): 
 
ALBANIA (2,424)          GREECE (261)            N. IRELAND (252) 
ANDORRA (0)              HUNGARY (481)           NORWAY (198) 
ARMENIA (2,001)          ICELAND (77)            POLAND (7,639) 
AUSTRIA (205)            IRELAND (1,774)         PORTUGAL (443) 
AZERBAIJAN (541)         ITALY (582)                Macau (222) 
BELARUS (609)            KAZAKSTAN (428)         ROMANIA (2,971) 
BELGIUM (287)            KYRGYZSTAN (38)         RUSSIA (4,189) 
BOSNIA & HERZ. (266)     LATVIA (167)            SAN MARINO (0) 
BULGARIA (1,177)         LIECHTENSTEIN (7)       SERBIA AND  
CROATIA (358)            LITHUANIA (777)           MONTENEGRO (817) 
CYPRUS (58)              LUXEMBOURG (11)         SLOVAKIA (696) 
CZECH REPUBLIC (230)     MACEDONIA, THE          SLOVENIA (14) 
DENMARK (116)              FORMER YUGOSLAV       SPAIN (318) 
ESTONIA (91)               REPUBLIC OF (481)     SWEDEN (815) 
FINLAND (300)            MALTA (20)              SWITZERLAND (398) 
FRANCE (538)             MOLDOVA (310)           TAJIKISTAN (73) 
  Guadeloupe (1)         MONACO (0)              TURKEY (3,149) 
  Martinique (3)         NETHERLANDS (525)       TURKMENISTAN (48) 
GEORGIA (410)                                    UKRAINE (4,090) 
GERMANY (2,179)                                  UZBEKISTAN (375) 
                                                 VATICAN CITY (0) 
 
 (The United Kingdom (Great Britain) did not qualify for this year's DV-
96 program; Northern Ireland did qualify, however, and is noted in the 
listings.) 
 
 
IV.  NORTH AMERICA (8 visas for fiscal year 1996): 
 
BAHAMAS, THE (37) 
 
 (The Bahamas is the only country that qualified in this region for this 
year's DV-96 program.  Canada does not qualify.) 
 
 
V.  OCEANIA (815 visas for fiscal year 1996): 
 
AUSTRALIA (260)           MICRONESIA, FED.(0)     PAPUA NEW GUINEA (1) 
FIJI (1,116)                STATES OF             SOLOMON ISLANDS (0) 
KIRIBATI (0)              NAURU (0)               TONGA (51) 
MARSHALL ISLANDS (0)      NEW ZEALAND (141)       TUVALU (0) 
                          PALAU (0)               VANUATU (0) 
                                                  WESTERN SAMOA (17) 
 
 
VI.  S. AMERICA, C. AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN (2,407 visas for fiscal 
year 1996): 
 
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA (7)    DOMINICA (26)        PERU (636) 
ARGENTINA (154)          ECUADOR (630)        ST. KITTS & NEVIS (1) 
BARBADOS (24)            GRENADA (42)         SAINT LUCIA (19) 
BELIZE (5)               GUATEMALA (308)      ST. VINCENT AND (13) 
BOLIVIA (98)             GUYANA (113)          THE GRENADINES 
BRAZIL (389)             HAITI (108)          SURINAME (21) 
CHILE (72)               HONDURAS (191)       TRINIDAD AND 
COLOMBIA (2)             NICARAGUA (383)       TOBAGO (328) 
COSTA RICA (21)          PANAMA (31)          URUGUAY (50) 
CUBA (535)               PARAGUAY (16)        VENEZUELA (188) 
 
 (Countries in this region that did not qualify for this year's DV-96 
program are: COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EL SALVADOR, JAMAICA, 
MEXICO.) 
 
 
F.  RECENT AMENDMENTS TO THE VISA PORTION OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MANUAL 
(FAM) 
 
Transmittal Letters VISA-114 dated June 16, 1995, VISA-115 dated June 
19, 1995, VISA-116 dated June 20, 1995, VISA-117 dated June 21, 1995, 
VISA-118 dated June 30, 1995, and VISA-119 dated July 3, 1995, which 
updated the visa portion (Vol. 9) of the FAM, are now available. 
 
VISA-114 contains the introduction to the newly created Appendix C in 
Part IV of the FAM which replaces the introductory material to former 
Appendix B/C/E.  VISA-115 amends 9 FAM, Part II, Sections 41.55 Notes 
and Exhibit I.  VISA-116 provides a new 9 FAM Transmittal Letter 
Checklist.  VISA-117 amends Parts II and III, Sections 41.3; 
42.32(d)(6), and 42.32(d)(7) Regulations/Statutes.  VISA-118 makes minor 
changes to Part I, Section 40.63 Notes.  VISA-119 restructures parts of 
9 FAM, Part IV. 
 
There is a charge of $13.50 per copy of VISA-114, $1.75 per copy of 
VISA-115, $.75 per copy of VISA-116, $1.25 per copy of VISA-117, $2.50 
per copy of VISA-118, and $30.50 per copy of VISA-119.  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 
 
 
 
 
 
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 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:August 8, 1995 
 
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