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June 2014 Visa Bulletin

For May 2014 Visa Bulletin, please click here: http://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2014/visa-bulletin-may-2014.aspx

June 2014 Visa Bulletin has been released (valid from June 1 to June 30 only). Please see below for more details.

Family Based:
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-Sponsored All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 22MAR07 22MAR07  22MAR07 15DEC93 01JUN02
F2A 01MAY12 01MAY12 01MAY12 15MAR11 01MAY12
F2B 01APR07 01APR07 01APR07 01AUG93  15JUL03
F3 01OCT03 01OCT03 01OCT03 22JUL93 08MAR93
F4 15DEC01 15DEC01 15DEC01 08DEC96 15NOV90
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.

Employment Based:
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA - mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 22MAY09 15NOV04 C C
3rd 01APR11 01OCT06 15OCT03 01APR11 01JAN08
Other Workers 01APR11 01JAN03 15OCT03 01APR11 01JAN08
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C

5th
Targeted
Employment
Areas/
Regional Centers
and Pilot Programs

C C C C C
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.

Special Notice from USCIS:(Show/Hide)

D.  RETROGRESSION OF JUNE CUT-OFF DATES

WORLDWIDE F2A: 
The cut-off date for the Family F2A category was advanced at a very rapid pace during fiscal year 2013 in an effort to generate demand to use all numbers available under the annual limit. Those movements have resulted in a dramatic increase in the level of applicant demand being received during the past seven months. This has required the retrogression of the Family F2A cut-off date for June in an effort to hold number use within the annual numerical limit. Further retrogression cannot be ruled out should demand by applicants with very early priority dates continue to increase.

MEXICO F2A:  
Despite a previous retrogression, the level of demand has remained excessive, resulting in a further retrogression of this cut-off date to hold number use within the annual limit. 

Employment Third, and Third Other Workers:
The unexpected and dramatic increase in demand being received from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Offices during the past several months has resulted in number use approaching the annual limit for this category. As a result, it has been necessary to retrogress the Worldwide, China, and Mexico cut-off dates for the month of June.

Notices were included in several Visa Bulletins during the past year alerting readers to the possibility of such retrogressions. While corrective action in some categories has become necessary earlier than was anticipated based on the information available earlier, it is hoped that readers are not caught off guard by these retrogressions.

F.  DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY 2015 (DV-2015) RESULTS

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2015 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 125,514 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-2015 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 until September 30, 2015).

Applicants registered for the DV-2015 program were selected at random from 9,388,986 qualified entries (14,397,781 with derivatives) received during the 30-day application period that ran from noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, until noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, November 2, 2013.  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 2015 will end.  Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2015 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2015 registration.  Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2015 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2015.

Dates for the DV-2016 program registration period will be widely publicized in the coming months.  Those interested in entering the DV-2016 program should check the Department of State’s Visa web page in the coming months. 

*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-2015 program:

AFRICA
ALGERIA  3,076 ETHIOPIA  4,988 NIGER  334
ANGOLA  173 GABON  81 RWANDA  690
BENIN  1,758 GAMBIA, THE  110 SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE  0
BOTSWANA  12 GHANA  3,381 SENEGAL  620
BURKINA FASO  390 GUINEA  2,314 SEYCHELLES  9
BURUNDI  188 GUINEA-BISSAU  7 SIERRA LEONE  2,182
CABO VERDE  20 KENYA  3,534 SOMALIA  275
CAMEROON  5,000 LESOTHO  3 SOUTH AFRICA  924
CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.  33 LIBERIA  5,000 SOUTH SUDAN  21
CHAD  99 LIBYA  263 SUDAN  3,484
COMOROS  6 MADAGASCAR  62 SWAZILAND  5
CONGO  243 MALAWI  27 TANZANIA  231
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE  4,943 MALI  123 TOGO  1,824
COTE D’IVOIRE  1,487 MAURITANIA  29 TUNISIA  221
DJIBOUTI  77 MAURITIUS  55 UGANDA  642
EGYPT  4,988 MOROCCO  2,844 ZAMBIA  116
EQUATORIAL GUINEA  14 MOZAMBIQUE  11 ZIMBABWE  249
ERITREA  815 NAMIBIA  19
ASIA
AFGHANISTAN  305 JAPAN  636 QATAR  51
BAHRAIN  12 JORDAN  374 SAUDI ARABIA  517
BHUTAN  45 NORTH KOREA  0 SINGAPORE  47
BRUNEI  0  KUWAIT  241 SRI LANKA  1,303
BURMA  453 LAOS  1 SYRIA  598
CAMBODIA  2,079 LEBANON  408 TAIWAN  498
HONG KONG SPECIAL
ADMIN. REGION  160
MALAYSIA  129 THAILAND  81
INDONESIA  288 MALDIVES  2 TIMOR-LESTE  0
IRAN  4,992 MONGOLIA  186 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  195
IRAQ  289 NEPAL  4,991 YEMEN  875
ISRAEL  231 OMAN  15  
EUROPE
ALBANIA  2,946 GREECE  147 NORTHERN IRELAND  41
ANDORRA  2 HUNGARY  329 NORWAY  49
ARMENIA  2,049 ICELAND  42 POLAND  961
AUSTRIA  134 IRELAND  157 PORTUGAL  82
AZERBAIJAN  454 ITALY  779   Macau  29
BELARUS  1,466 KAZAKHSTAN  772 ROMANIA  1,068
BELGIUM  107 KOSOVO  227 RUSSIA  4,103
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA  171 KYRGYZSTAN  403 SAN MARINO  0
BULGARIA  1,418 LATVIA  92 SERBIA  399
CROATIA  87 LIECHTENSTEIN  3 SLOVAKIA  110
CYPRUS  32 LITHUANIA  287 SLOVENIA  11
CZECH REPUBLIC  125 LUXEMBOURG  0 SPAIN  393
DENMARK  65 MACEDONIA  436 SWEDEN  217
ESTONIA  71 MALTA  16 SWITZERLAND  194
FINLAND  88 MOLDOVA  2,809 TAJIKISTAN  528
FRANCE  816 MONACO  1 TURKEY  3,688
  French Polynesia  11 MONTENEGRO  16 TURKMENISTAN  191
  Saint Martin  1 NETHERLANDS  151 UKRAINE  4,679
  St. Pierre & Miquelon  2   Aruba  5 UZBEKISTAN  4,368
GEORGIA  804   Curacao  13 VATICAN CITY  0
GERMANY  1,354   Sint Maarten  1
NORTH AMERICA
BAHAMAS, THE  14    
OCEANIA
AUSTRALIA  1,798 MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF  6 SAMOA  32
  Christmas Island  1 NAURU  19 SOLOMON ISLANDS  3
  Cocos Islands  1 NEW ZEALAND  589 TONGA  123
  Norfolk Island  12   Cook Islands  14 TUVALU  1
FIJI  857   Niue  3 VANUATU  7
KIRIBATI  6 PALAU  6  
MARSHALL ISLANDS  1 PAPUA NEW GUINEA  20  
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA  6 DOMINICA  5 SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS  7
ARGENTINA  109 GRENADA  8 SAINT LUCIA  18
BARBADOS  15 GUATEMALA  86 SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES  7
BELIZE  3 GUYANA  53 SURINAME  11
BOLIVIA  69 HONDURAS  165 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  193
CHILE  37 NICARAGUA  54 URUGUAY  20
COSTA RICA  72 PANAMA  19 VENEZUELA  1,556
CUBA  1,480 PARAGUAY  6  

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2015: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R., Macau S.A.R., and Taiwan), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.


Also See:
      Next Steps: If priority date is current and

      1. If applicant is inside US, they will have to file I-485: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/04/how-to-file-i-485-application.html

      2. If applicant is outside US, it will be sent to NVC: http://blog.mygcvisa.com/2013/09/nvc-consular-processing-steps.html

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