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Thread: Error? - Visa Bulletin

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    Does anyone know what will be the accurate info for Oct and Nove Visa Bulletin under DV2005? The number does not look right in travel.stat.gov For october, it says 9600 and for Nov 4300 for Asia.

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    State Department Visa Bulletin October 2004

    IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER 2004



    A. STATUTORY NUMBERS



    1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during October Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status. Allocations were made, to the extent possible under the numerical limitations, for the demand received by September 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. 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: 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.)



    Priority Dates for Family Based Immigrant Visas


    All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed
    INDIA
    MEXICO
    PHILIPPINES

    Family





    1st
    22OCT00
    22OCT00
    22MAR93
    15AUG90

    2A*
    01MAY00
    01MAY00
    15SEP97
    01MAY00

    2B
    01JUL95
    01JUL95
    22NOV91
    01JUL95

    3rd
    22OCT97
    22OCT97
    15OCT92
    01APR90

    4th
    15AUG92
    01NOV91
    15AUG92
    22MAR82




    *NOTE: For October, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 15SEP97. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 15SEP97 and earlier than 01MAY00. (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

    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: (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 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 (NACARA) 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 NACARA program. This reduction has resulted in the DV-2004 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 October, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2005 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:



    REGION
    All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Regions Listed Separately


    AFRICA
    AF
    9,900

    ASIA
    AS
    9,600

    EUROPE
    EU
    10,850

    NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)
    NA
    5

    OCEANIA
    OC
    150

    SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
    SA
    300





    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-2004 program ends as of September 30, 2004. DV visas may not be issued to DV-2004 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2004 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2004. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-2004 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30. Once all numbers provided by law for the DV-2004 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 NOVEMBER



    For November, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2005 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:



    Region
    All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Region Listed Separately



    Africa
    AF
    10,300
    Except: Nigeria 9,900

    ASIA
    AS
    4,300


    EUROPE
    EU
    10,850


    NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)
    NA
    8


    OCEANIA
    OC
    250


    SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
    SA
    450






    D. VISA AVAILABILITY DURING THE COMING MONTHS



    During the past two years, the visa allocation system compensated for the reduction in CIS visa number demand by making very rapid advances in the visa cut-off dates. As the cut-off dates advanced, tens of thousands of applicants became eligible to file for adjustment of status at CIS offices. Heavy demand was expected as CIS began to address their backlog and finalize action on such cases. The Visa Office has been alerting interested parties to this possibility over the past two years, and this is exactly what has recently begun to happen.



    FAMILY : As CIS demand for visa numbers continues to increase, little if any forward movement of cut-off dates is expected during FY-2005, and the potential for retrogressions in certain categories cannot be ruled out. While retrogression of certain Family cut-off dates is not likely in the immediate future, it cannot be ruled out late in the fiscal year. This is because the CIS backlog is likely to include large numbers of applicants in all categories with priority dates well before the current cut-off dates.



    EMPLOYMENT: The increasing CIS use of numbers is likely to require the establishment of cut-off dates in one or more categories during FY-2005. Such action is expected in the Employment Third preference category as early as January.

    You may want to subscribe online to receive the visa bulletin via email on the State Department's website. They take a while to pot it on their website.

  5. #5
    Hi Passingby,

    The question was to make sure if the numbers were right: Oct 9600 and Nov 4300. The case number usually goes up, not down for the following months.

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    The following item regarding visa availability is included in the October Visa Bulletin.

    D. VISA AVAILABILITY DURING THE COMING MONTHS
    During the past two years, the visa allocation system compensated for the reduction in CIS visa number demand by making very rapid advances in the visa cut-off dates. As the cut-off dates advanced, tens of thousands of applicants became eligible to file for adjustment of status at CIS offices. Heavy demand was expected as CIS began to address their backlog and finalize action on such cases. The Visa Office has been alerting interested parties to this possibility over the past two years, and this is exactly what has recently begun to happen.
    FAMILY: As CIS demand for visa numbers continues to increase, little if any forward movement of cut-off dates is expected during FY-2005, and the potential for retrogressions in certain categories cannot be ruled out. While retrogression of certain Family cut-off dates is not likely in the immediate future, it cannot be ruled out late in the fiscal year. This is because the CIS backlog is likely to include large numbers of applicants in all categories with priority dates well before the current cut-off dates.
    EMPLOYMENT: The increasing CIS use of numbers is likely to require the establishment of cut-off dates in one or more categories during FY-2005. Such action is expected in the Employment Third preference category as early as January.

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