United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs

VISA BULLETIN

Number 6
Volume VIII
Washington, D.C.

IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR JUNE 1999

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 10th 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., 25,620. The dependent area limit is set at 2%, or 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.

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 3,000 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              15FEB98        15FEB98    15FEB98      08AUG93 22AUG87

2A*              22DEC94        22DEC94    22DEC94      22NOV93 22DEC94

2B               08JUL92        08JUL92    08JUL92      22JUL91 08JUL92

3rd              01AUG95        01AUG95    01AUG95      08NOV90 01JUL87

4th              22JUL88        22JUL88    15AUG86      01APR88 15JAN79

*NOTE: For June, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 22NOV93. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 22NOV93 and earlier than 22DEC94. (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        01JUL98       C            C       C   

2nd                    C        22MAY97    08JAN98         C       C 

3rd                    C        15MAY95    15MAY96         C       C   

Other 01NOV92 01NOV92 01NOV92 01NOV92 01NOV92 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.

B. DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT (DV) CATEGORY

Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act provides 50,000 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. DV visas are divided among six geographic regions. Not more than 3,500 visas (7% of the 50,000 visa limit) may be provided to immigrants from any one country.

For June, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-99 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 33,500        

  ASIA                AS 10,000
 
  EUROPE              EU 20,460      EXCEPT:    ALBANIA  EU 16,290
                                                         
  NORTH AMERICA       NA     24
   (BAHAMAS)
 
  OCEANIA             OC    950  
 
  SOUTH AMERICA,      SA  2,600
    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-99 program ends as of September 30, 1999. DV visas may not be issued to DV-99 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-99 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 1999. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-1999 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30. Once all numbers provided by law for the DV-99 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 JULY AND AUGUST

For July, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-99 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows:

            All DV Charge-
                 ability Areas
                 Except Those
  Region         Listed Separately
 
  AFRICA              AF 38,180      
  ASIA                AS 11,970         
  EUROPE              EU 22,340      EXCEPT:    ALBANIA  EU 18,900
  NORTH AMERICA       NA     24
   (BAHAMAS)
  OCEANIA             OC  1,012  
  SOUTH AMERICA,      SA  2,850
    CENTRAL AMERICA,
    and the CARIBBEAN

For August, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-99 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows:

            All DV Charge-
                 ability Areas
                 Except Those
  Region         Listed Separately
 
  AFRICA              AF Current      
  ASIA                AS Current                
  EUROPE              EU 25,100  
  NORTH AMERICA       NA     24
   (BAHAMAS)
  OCEANIA             OC  Current  
  SOUTH AMERICA,      SA  3,071
    CENTRAL AMERICA,
    and the CARIBBEAN

D. FY-2000 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA (DV-2000) LOTTERY RESULTS

The National Visa Center at Portsmouth, New Hampshire has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2000 diversity lottery. The diversity lottery was conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and makes available *50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Approximately 110,000 applicants have been registered and notified and may now make an application for an immigrant visa. Since it is likely that some of the first *50,000 persons registered will not pursue their cases to visa issuance, this larger figure should insure that all DV-2000 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2000 (October 1, 1999 until September 30, 2000).

Applicants registered for the DV-2000 program were selected at random from the more than 8 million qualified entries received during the one-month application period which ran from noon on October 1, 1998 through noon on October 31, 1998. Over 2.5 million applications received inside and outside of the mail-in period were disqualified for failing to properly follow directions.

The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions with a maximum of 3,500 visas available 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 within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience.

Those selected will need to act on their immigrant visa applications quickly. Applicants should follow the instructions in their notification letter and must fully complete the information requested. Registrants living legally in the United States who wish to apply for adjustment of their status must contact the Immigration and Naturalization Service for information on the requirements and procedures. Once the total *50,000 visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 2000 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2000 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2000 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2000 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2000.

Only participants in the DV-2000 program who were selected for further processing have been notified. Those who have not received notification were not selected and may wish to try for next year's DV-2001 lottery. The dates for the mail-in period for the DV-2001 lottery are scheduled from noon on October 4, 1999 until noon on November 3, 1999. Instructions on entering the DV-2001 program will be widely publicized beginning on August 2, 1999.

*The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NCARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulated that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as necessary, 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas were made available for use under the NCARA program.

The following is the statistical breakdown by foreign state chargeability of those registered for the DV-2000 program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA  1,499                     ERITREA  220            NAMIBIA  10 
ANGOLA  12                      ETHIOPIA  2,284         NIGER  22  
BENIN  89                       GABON  24               NIGERIA  8,550
BOTSWANA  8                     GAMBIA, THE  122        RWANDA  35      
BURKINA FASO  31                GHANA  8,662            SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE  0   
BURUNDI  13                     GUINEA  332             SENEGAL  207      
CAMEROON  860                   GUINEA-BISSAU  1        SEYCHELLES  3      
CAPE VERDE  3                   KENYA  1,514            SIERRA LEONE  2,617      
CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.  18        LESOTHO  3              SOMALIA  1,678     
CHAD  29                        LIBERIA  1,762          SOUTH AFRICA  663    
COMOROS  2                      LIBYA  79               SUDAN  2,294      
CONGO  51                       MADAGASCAR  20          SWAZILAND  2    
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC               MALAWI  47              TANZANIA  267     
  REPUBLIC OF THE  386          MALI  86                TOGO  664      
COTE D'IVOIRE 333               MAURITANIA  47          TUNISIA  175     
DJIBOUTI  12                    MAURITIUS  28           UGANDA  169     
EGYPT  3,301                    MOROCCO  3,007          ZAMBIA  72      
EQUATORIAL GUINEA  5            MOZAMBIQUE  7           ZIMBABWE  97

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN  59                    IRAQ  49                NEPAL  128   
BAHRAIN  7                      ISRAEL  67              OMAN  4  
BANGLADESH  9,175               JAPAN  367              PAKISTAN  3,187   
BHUTAN  0                       JORDAN  86              QATAR  6
BRUNEI  0                       NORTH KOREA  3          SAUDI ARABIA  83   
BURMA  553                      KUWAIT  29              SINGAPORE  33      
CAMBODIA  103                   LAOS  7                 SRI LANKA  220    
HONG KONG SPECIAL               LEBANON  47             SYRIA  66    
  ADMIN. REGION  136            MALAYSIA  102           THAILAND  117
INDONESIA  758                  MALDIVES  0             UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  42
IRAN  489                       MONGOLIA  4             YEMEN  63     

EUROPE

ALBANIA  6,401             GREECE  107             NORTHERN IRELAND  73
ANDORRA  0                      HUNGARY  219            NORWAY  39
ARMENIA  1,214                  ICELAND  35             PORTUGAL  67
AUSTRIA  170                    IRELAND  564                    Macau  16
AZERBAIJAN  423                 ITALY  294              ROMANIA  3,494
BELARUS  896                    KAZAKHSTAN  689         RUSSIA  6,481
BELGIUM  83                     KYRGYZSTAN  181         SAN MARINO  0
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 83     LATVIA  288             SERBIA-MONTENEGRO  597
BULGARIA  4,381                 LIECHTENSTEIN  1        SLOVAKIA  375
CROATIA  123                    LITHUANIA  1,316        SLOVENIA  26
CYPRUS  37                      LUXEMBOURG  4           SPAIN  123
CZECH REPUBLIC  215             MACEDONIA, FORMER       SWEDEN  272
DENMARK  88                     YUGOSLAV REP. OF 397    SWITZERLAND  420
ESTONIA  152                    MALTA  27               TAJIKISTAN  190
FINLAND  72                     MOLDOVA  418            TURKEY  1,368
FRANCE  602                     MONACO  1               TURKMENISTAN  66
   Martinique  3                NETHERLANDS  112        UKRAINE  8,035
   Guadeloupe  0                        Aruba  2        UZBEKISTAN  964
GEORGIA  423                            Netherlands Antilles  7 VATICAN CITY  0
GERMANY  3,417 

NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE 36

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA  656                     NAURU  0                SOLOMON ISLANDS  0  
FIJI  1,069                     NEW ZEALAND  357        TONGA  178
KIRIBATI  0                     PALAU  2                TUVALU  0    
MARSHALL ISLANDS  7             PAPUA NEW GUINEA  9     VANUATU  0     
MICRONESIA, FEDERATED           SAMOA  24
 STATES OF  0   

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA  11            DOMINICA  58            PERU  1,040
ARGENTINA  404                  ECUADOR  496            SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS  7
BARBADOS  23                    GRENADA  36             SAINT LUCIA  22
BELIZE  18                      GUATEMALA  302          SAINT VINCENT AND 
BOLIVIA  78                     GUYANA  166                     THE GRENADINES  26
BRAZIL  940                     HONDURAS  143           SURINAME  23
CHILE  75                       NICARAGUA  38           TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  607
COSTA RICA  150                 PANAMA  100             URUGUAY  39
CUBA  1,286                     PARAGUAY  7             VENEZUELA  526

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2000: Canada, China (mainland and Taiwan, except Hong Kong S.A.R.), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

E. RECENT AMENDMENTS TO THE VISA PORTION OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MANUAL (FAM)

The following Transmittal Letters (TLs), which update the visa portion (Vol. 9) of the FAM, are now available:

VISA-188, dated April 9, 1999, which updates Part 42.41 Procedural Notes. Cost $2.75.

VISA-189, dated April 22, 1999, which updates 40.11 Notes and Procedural Notes. Cost $7.00.

VISA-190, dated April 30, 1999, which updates Appendix O, 1700. Cost $4.25.

VISA-191, dated May 7, 1999, which updates 40.67 Notes; 42.32(d)(2) Notes; 42.33 Notes; and 42.62 Procedural Notes. Cost $9.25.

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 offers the monthly Visa Bulletin on the Internet's World Wide 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 1038 to have each Bulletin faxed.

(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 updated in the middle of each month with information on cut-off dates for the following month.)

To be placed on the Department of State's Visa Bulletin mailing list or to change an address, please write to:

Visa Bulletin
Visa Office
Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20522-0106

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.)

The Visa Bulletin can also be contacted by e-mail at the following address:

VISABULLETIN@STATE.GOV

(The Visa Bulletin is not distributed by e-mail, however.)

Department of State Publication 9514
CA/VO:May 10, 1999

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