June 2014 Visa Bulletin has been released (valid from June 1 to June 30 only). Please see below for more details.
D. RETROGRESSION OF JUNE CUT-OFF DATES
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.
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:
||GAMBIA, THE 110
||SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 0
|BURKINA FASO 390
||SIERRA LEONE 2,182
|CABO VERDE 20
||SOUTH AFRICA 924
|CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. 33
||SOUTH SUDAN 21
|CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE 4,943
|COTE D’IVOIRE 1,487
|EQUATORIAL GUINEA 14
||SAUDI ARABIA 517
||NORTH KOREA 0
||SRI LANKA 1,303
|HONG KONG SPECIAL
ADMIN. REGION 160
||UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 195
||NORTHERN IRELAND 41
|| Macau 29
|BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 171
||SAN MARINO 0
|CZECH REPUBLIC 125
| French Polynesia 11
| Saint Martin 1
| St. Pierre & Miquelon 2
|| Aruba 5
|| Curacao 13
||VATICAN CITY 0
|| Sint Maarten 1
|BAHAMAS, THE 14
||MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF 6
| Christmas Island 1
||SOLOMON ISLANDS 3
| Cocos Islands 1
||NEW ZEALAND 589
| Norfolk Island 12
|| Cook Islands 14
|| Niue 3
|MARSHALL ISLANDS 1
||PAPUA NEW GUINEA 20
|SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
|ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 6
||SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 7
||SAINT LUCIA 18
||SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES 7
||TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 193
|COSTA RICA 72
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.
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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