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US State Department releases August Visa Bulletin

IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR AUGUST 2005

A. STATUTORY NUMBERS

1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during August. 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 July 11th 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 earlierthan 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". Schedule A Workers are entitled to up to 50,000 "recaptured" numbers.

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.)

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA-mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIP-PINES

Family

1st

08APR01

08APR01

08APR01

01JAN83

08MAR91

2A*

22JUL01

22JUL01

22JUL01

01JUL98

22JUL01

2B

01JAN96

22JAN96

22JAN96

01JAN91

22JAN96

3rd

01FEB98

01FEB98

01FEB98

01JAN92

08SEP90

4th

08OCT93

08OCT93

22FEB93

01JAN87

01FEB83

*NOTE: For August, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01JUL98. 2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01JUL98 and earlier than 22JUL01. (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 Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

CH

IN

ME

PH

Employment-Based

1st

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

C

C

C

C

3rd

U

U

U

U

U

Schedule A Workers

C

C

C

C

C

Other Workers

U

U

U

U

U

4th

C

C

C

C

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

C

C

C

5th

C

C

C

C

C

Targeted Employment Areas/Regional Centers

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 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-2005 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 August, 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

39,500

Except:
Ethiopia 30,100

ASIA

AS

10,200

Except:
Bangladesh 7,820

EUROPE

EU

20,500

Except:
Ukraine 15,100

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)

NA

13

OCEANIA

OC

1,275

SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN

SA

2,300

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-2005 program ends as of September 30, 2005. DV visas may not be issued to DV-2005 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2005 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2005. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-2005 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be exhausted prior to September 30.

C. ADVANCE NOTIFICATION OF THE DIVERSITY (DV) IMMIGRANT CATEGORY RANK CUT-OFFS WHICH WILL APPLY IN SEPTEMBER

For September, 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

46,700

Except:
Ethiopia 32,500

ASIA

AS

11,400

Except:
Bangladesh 8,850

EUROPE

EU

20,600

Except:
Ukraine 18,150

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)

NA

13

OCEANIA

OC

Current

SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN

SA

2,755


D. EMPLOYMENT VISA AVAILABILITY FOR THE REMAINDER OF FY-2005

Demand for numbers by CIS Offices for adjustment of status cases remains very high. As the end of the fiscal year approaches, it might be necessary to establish an Employment Second preference cut-off date for September to keep visa issuances within the annual numerical limits set by law. If required, such a cut-off date is likely to be limited to the China-mainland born and India chargeability areas.

E. DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY 2006 (DV-2006) RESULTS

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2006 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 90,000 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-2006 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2006 (October 1, 2005 until September 30, 2006).

Applicants registered for the DV-2005 program were selected at random from over 6.3 million qualified entries received during the 60-day application period that ran from 12:00 AM on November 5, 2004, until midnight, January 7, 2005. The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions with a maximum of seven percent 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 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 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 Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services for information on the requirements and procedures. Once the total *50,000 visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 2006 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2006 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2006 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2006 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2006.

Only participants in the DV-2006 program who were selected for further processing have been notified. Those who have not received notification were not selected. They may try for the upcoming DV-2007 lottery if they wish. The dates for the registration period for the DV-2007 lottery program will be widely publicized during August 2005.

* The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress

in November 1997 stipulated that up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas be made available for use under the NACARA program. The reduction of the limit of available visas to 50,000 began with DV-2000.

The following is the statistical breakdown by foreign-state chargeability of those registered for the DV-2006 program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA

1,377

ERITREA

672

ANGOLA

21

ETHIOPIA

6,995

BENIN

328

GABON

26

BOTSWANA

11

GAMBIA, THE

127

BURKINA FASO

164

GHANA

3,880

BURUNDI

60

GUINEA

249

CAMEROON

1,639

GUINEA-BISSAU

3

CAPE VERDE

2

KENYA

2,827

CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.

10

LESOTHO

0

CHAD

30

LIBERIA

695

COMOROS

3

LIBYA

51

CONGO

149

MADAGASCAR

22

CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE

665

MALAWI

27

COTE D'IVOIRE

374

MALI

99

DJIBOUTI

12

MAURITANIA

31

EGYPT

6,439

MAURITIUS

8

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

5

MOROCCO

5,980

MOZAMBIQUE

6

NAMIBIA

5

SOUTH AFRICA

311

NIGER

62

SUDAN

805

NIGERIA

6,191

SWAZILAND

9

RWANDA

26

TANZANIA

251

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

2

TOGO

2,138

SENEGAL

280

TUNISIA

122

SEYCHELLES

4

UGANDA

190

SIERRA LEONE

555

ZAMBIA

99

SOMALIA

221

ZIMBABWE

157

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN

52

IRAQ

84

BAHRAIN

0

ISRAEL

116

BANGLADESH

5,456

JAPAN

336

BHUTAN

3

JORDAN

81

BRUNEI

1

NORTH KOREA

0

BURMA

659

KUWAIT

15

CAMBODIA

107

LAOS

0

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMIN. REGION

83

LEBANON

108

INDONESIA

263

MALAYSIA

55

IRAN

934

MALDIVES

0

MONGOLIA

141

SRI LANKA

387

NEPAL

1,934

SYRIA

47

OMAN

3

THAILAND

76

QATAR

7

TAIWAN

353

SAUDI ARABIA

55

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

30

SINGAPORE

40

YEMEN

47


EUROPE

ALBANIA

2,504

GEORGIA

331

ANDORRA

0

GERMANY

998

ARMENIA

757

GREECE

68

AUSTRIA

62

HUNGARY

152

AZERBAIJAN

196

ICELAND

13

BELARUS

698

IRELAND

145

BELGIUM

28

ITALY

210

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

70

KAZAKHSTAN

244

BULGARIA

2,131

KYRGYZSTAN

132

CROATIA

42

LATVIA

97

CYPRUS

18

LIECHTENSTEIN

0

CZECH REPUBLIC

104

LITHUANIA

488

DENMARK

43

LUXEMBOURG

0

ESTONIA

44

MACEDONIA, FORMER YUGOSLAV REP. OF

202

FINLAND

61

MALTA

7

FRANCE

340

MOLDOVA

285

French Polynesia

1

MONACO

1

Martinique

1

NETHERLANDS

105

Reunion

1

Netherlands Antilles

8

NORTHERN IRELAND

63

SLOVENIA

5

NORWAY

30

SPAIN

61

POLAND

3,416

SWEDEN

110

PORTUGAL

28

SWITZERLAND

139

Macau

5

TAJIKISTAN

42

ROMANIA

1,716

TURKEY

1,357

SAN MARINO

0

TURKMENISTAN

76

SERBIA & MONTENEGRO

507

UKRAINE

5,269

SLOVAKIA

223

UZBEKISTAN

1,346

VATICAN CITY

0

NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE

12

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA

837

NAURU

7

Christmas Islands

4

NEW ZEALAND

292

FIJI

757

Cook Islands

0

KIRIBATI

5

Niue

5

MARSHALL ISLAND

0

PALAU

1

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF

7

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

10

SAMOA

11

SOLOMON ISLAND

0

TONGA

171

TUVALU

8

VANUATU

0

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA,

AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

1

DOMINICA

3

ARGENTINA

134

ECUADOR

285

BARBADOS

5

GRENADA

2

BELIZE

8

GUATEMALA

28

BOLIVIA

205

GUYANA

36

BRAZIL

377

HONDURAS

29

CHILE

35

NICARAGUA

32

COSTA RICA

34

PANAMA

24

CUBA

584

PARAGUAY

6

PERU

2,197

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

3

SAINT LUCIA

2

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

3

SURINAME

4

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

120

URUGUAY

15

VENEZUELA

266

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2006: Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R., and Taiwan), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.