Visa Bulletin

IMMIGRANT NUMBERS FOR DECEMBER 2008

Family All Charge ability Areas Except Those Listed CHINAmainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st 
22MAY02
22MAY02
22MAY02
22SEP92
01JUN93
2A
01APR04   
01APR04  
01APR04
01AUG01
01APR04
2B
15FEB00  
15FEB00  
15FEB00  
01MAY92
15JUL97
3rd
22JUL00  
22JUL00  
22JUL00  
01OCT92
15MAY91
4th
01JAN98 
15JUL97
15SEP97 
15FEB95
15APR86

*NOTE:  For December, 2A numbers EXEMPT from per-country limit are available to applicants from all countries with priority dates earlier than 01AUG01.  2A numbers SUBJECT to per-country limit are available to applicants chargeable to all countries EXCEPT MEXICO with priority dates beginning 01AUG01 and earlier than 01APR04.  (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

CHINA
mainland born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
Employment
Based

         
1st C C C C C
2nd C 01JUN04  01JUN03 C C
3rd 01MAY05 01FEB02 01OCT01 01SEP02 01MAY05
Other
Workers
15JAN03 15JAN03 15JAN03 15JAN03 15JAN03
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

CH = China (mainland born), IN = India, ME = Mexico, PH = Phillipines

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.

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.


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