Thursday, February 9, 2012

Visa Bulletin for March 2012

FAMILY-SPONSORED PREFERENCES
Family-SponsoredAll Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedCHINA-mainland bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F101FEB0501FEB0501FEB0501MAY9322JUN97
F2A22JUL0922JUL0922JUL0901JUL09 22JUL09
F2B15NOV0315NOV0315NOV0301DEC9208DEC01
F301JAN0201JAN0201JAN0208JAN9322JUL92
F408OCT0008OCT0008OCT0022MAY9622DEC88
*NOTE:  For March, F2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01JUL09.  F2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01JUL09 and earlier than 22JUL09.  (All F2A numbers provided for MEXICO are exempt from the per-country limit; there are no F2A numbers for MEXICO subject to per-country limit.)
5. Section 203(b) of the INA prescribes preference classes for allotment of Employment-based immigrant visas as follows:
EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCES
Employment- Based
All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed
CHINA- mainland bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
1stCCCCC
2ndC01MAY1001MAY10CC
3rd15MAR0601JAN0522AUG0215MAR0615MAR06
Other Workers15MAR0622APR0322AUG0215MAR0615MAR06
4thCCCCC
Certain Religious WorkersCCCCC
5th
Targeted
Employment
Areas/
Regional Centers
and Pilot Programs
CCCCC
*Employment Third Preference Other Workers Category: Section 203(e) of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997, as amended by Section 1(e) of Pub. L. 105-139, provides that once the Employment Third Preference Other Worker (EW) cut-off date has reached the priority date of the latest EW petition approved prior to November 19, 1997, the 10,000 EW numbers available for a fiscal year are to be reduced by up to 5,000 annually beginning in the following fiscal year. This reduction is to be made for as long as necessary to offset adjustments under the NACARA program. Since the EW cut-off date reached November 19, 1997 during Fiscal Year 2001, the reduction in the EW annual limit to 5,000 began in Fiscal Year 2002.
B. DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT (DV) CATEGORY
For March, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2012 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:
RegionAll DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA35,800Except: Egypt  26,000
Ethiopia  26,000
Nigeria 17,500
ASIA27,000
EUROPE26,500Except: Uzbekistan 16,500
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)7
OCEANIA925
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN925
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-2012 program ends as of September 30, 2012. DV visas may not be issued to DV-2012 applicants after that date. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2012 principals are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2012. DV visa availability through the very end of FY-2012 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 MARCH
For April, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2012 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:
RegionAll DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately
AFRICA39,000Except: Egypt 29,500
Ethiopia 29,500
Nigeria 20,000
ASIA32,600
EUROPE32,000Except: Uzbekistan 16,500
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)9
OCEANIA1,000
SOUTH AMERICA, and the CARIBBEAN1,000

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