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Visa Bulletin for August 2005

Number 84
Volume VIII
Washington, D.C.

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 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". 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.)

Family

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st 08APR01 08APR01 08APR01 01JAN83 01MAR91
2A* 22JUL01 22JUL01 22JUL01 01JUL98 22JUL01
2B 22JAN96 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.)

Employment-
based
All Charge-
ability Areas
Except Those
Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
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 Employ-
ment 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
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
Listed Separately
   
AFRICA AF 46,700 Except:
Ethiopia 32,500
ASIA AS 11,400 Except:
Bangladesh 8,850
EUROPE EU 20,500 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 NAMIBIA 5
ANGOLA 21 ETHIOPIA 6,995 NIGER 62
BENIN 328 GABON 26 NIGERIA 6,191
BOTSWANA 11 GAMBIA, THE 127 RWANDA 26
BURKINA FASO 164 GHANA  3,880 SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 2
BURUNDI 60 GUINEA  249 SENEGAL 280
CAMEROON 1,639  GUINEA-BISSAU 3 SEYCHELLES 4
CAPE VERDE 2 KENYA 2,827 SIERRA LEONE 555
CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. 10 LESOTHO 0 SOMALIA 221
CHAD 30 LIBERIA 695 SOUTH AFRICA 311
COMOROS 3 LIBYA 51 SUDAN 805
CONGO 149 MADAGASCAR 22 SWAZILAND 9
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC
REPUBLIC OF THE 665
MALAWI 27 TANZANIA 251
COTE D’IVOIRE 374 MALI 99 TOGO 2,138
DJIBOUTI 12 MAURITANIA 31 TUNISIA 122
EGYPT 6,439 MAURITIUS 8 UGANDA 190
EQUATORIAL GUINEA 5  MOROCCO 5,980 ZAMBIA 99
  MOZAMBIQUE 6 ZIMBABWE 157
ASIA    
AFGHANISTAN 52 IRAQ 84 NEPAL  1,934
BAHRAIN 0 ISRAEL 116 OMAN  3
BANGLADESH 5,456 JAPAN 336 QATAR 7
BHUTAN 3 JORDAN 81 SAUDI ARABIA 55
BRUNEI 1 NORTH KOREA 0 SINGAPORE 40
BURMA 659 KUWAIT 15 SRI LANKA 387
CAMBODIA 107 LAOS 0 SYRIA 47
HONG KONG SPECIAL
ADMIN. REGION 83
LEBANON 108 THAILAND 76
INDONESIA 263 MALAYSIA 55 TAIWAN 353
IRAN 934 MALDIVES 0 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 30
  MONGOLIA 141 YEMEN 47
EUROPE    
ALBANIA 2,504 GEORGIA 331 NORTHERN IRELAND 63
ANDORRA  0 GERMANY 998 NORWAY 30
ARMENIA 757 GREECE 68 POLAND 3,416
AUSTRIA 62 HUNGARY 152 PORTUGAL 28
AZERBAIJAN 196 ICELAND 13 Macau 5
BELARUS 698 IRELAND 145 ROMANIA 1,716
BELGIUM 28 ITALY 210 SAN MARINO 0
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 70 KAZAKHSTAN  244 SERBIA & MONTENEGRO 507
BULGARIA 2,131 KYRGYZSTAN  132 SLOVAKIA 223
CROATIA 42 LATVIA 97 SLOVENIA 5
CYPRUS 18 LIECHTENSTEIN 0 SPAIN 61
CZECH REPUBLIC 104 LITHUANIA 488 SWEDEN 110
DENMARK  43 LUXEMBOURG 0 SWITZERLAND 139
ESTONIA 44 MACEDONIA, FORMER
YUGOSLAV REP. OF 202
TAJIKISTAN 42
FINLAND 61 MALTA 7 TURKEY 1,357
FRANCE 340 MOLDOVA 285 TURKMENISTAN 76
French Polynesia  1 MONACO 1 UKRAINE 5,269
Martinique 1 NETHERLANDS 105 UZBEKISTAN 1,346
Reunion  1 Netherlands Antilles 8 VATICAN CITY 0

NORTH AMERICA 
BAHAMAS, THE 12    

OCEANIA    
AUSTRALIA 837 NAURU 7 SAMOA 11    
Christmas Islands 4 NEW ZEALAND 292 SOLOMON ISLAND 0 
FIJI 757 Cook Islands 0 TONGA 171    
KIRIBATI 5 Niue 5 TUVALU 8
MARSHALL ISLAND 0 PALAU 1 VANUATU 0  
MICRONESIA, FEDERATED
STATES OF 7
PAPUA NEW GUINEA  10  
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA,
AND THE CARIBBEAN
   
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 1 DOMINICA 3 PERU 2,197 
ARGENTINA 134 ECUADOR 285 SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 3
BARBADOS 5 GRENADA 2 SAINT LUCIA  2
BELIZE 8 GUATEMALA 28 SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES 3
BOLIVIA 205 GUYANA 36 SURINAME 4
BRAZIL 377 HONDURAS 29 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 120
CHILE 35 NICARAGUA 32 URUGUAY 15    
COSTA RICA 34 PANAMA  24 VENEZUELA 266    
CUBA 584 PARAGUAY 6  

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.

F. OBTAINING THE MONTHLY VISA BULLETIN

The Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs offers the monthly "Visa Bulletin" on the INTERNET'S WORLDWIDE 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.

To be placed on the Department of State’s E-mail subscription list for the “Visa Bulletin”, please send an E-mail to the following E-mail address:

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and in the message body type: Subscribe Visa-Bulletin First name/Last name (example: Subscribe Visa-Bulletin Sally Doe)

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and in the message body type: Signoff Visa-Bulletin

The Department of State also has available a recorded message with visa cut-off dates which can be heard at: (area code 202) 663-1541. The recording is normally updated by the middle of each month with information on cut-off dates for the following month.

Readers may submit questions regarding Visa Bulletin related items by E-mail at the following address:

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(This address cannot be used to subscribe to the Visa Bulletin.)

Department of State Publication 9514
CA/VO: July 11, 2005