June 2015 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from June 1 to June 30 only). Please see below for more details.
D. VISA RETROGRESSION OF MEXICO AND PHILIPPINES CUT-OFF DATES
Family-sponsored Fourth preference: It has been necessary to slightly retrogress this cut-off date to March 1, 1997 in an attempt to hold number use within the annual limit.
Family-sponsored First preference: This cut-off date had been advanced very rapidly during the past year in an effort to generate sufficient demand to fully utilize all available numbers. The resulting increase in demand has required the retrogression of this cut-off date for the month of June, in an attempt to hold number use within the annual limit for this preference category.
Employment-based Third and Third Other Worker preference: Continued heavy applicant demand for numbers has required a second retrogression of these cut-off dates. Further corrective action cannot be ruled out.
Please Note: Applicants entitled to immigrant status become documentarily qualified at their own initiative and convenience. By no means has every applicant with a priority date earlier than a prevailing cut-off date been processed for final visa action. On the contrary, visa allotments are made only on the basis of the total applicants reported documentarily qualified each month, compared with the amount of available numbers under the respective annual limits. For example, during the past month, over 20,000 applicants who have become documentarily qualified in the Family preference categories have priority dates earlier than the cut-off dates established for May. Demand for visa numbers can fluctuate from one month to another, with the inevitable impact on cut-off dates.
E. DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY 2016 (DV-2016) RESULTS
The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2016 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 91,563 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-2016 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2016 (October 1, 2015 until September 30, 2016).
Applicants registered for the DV-2016 program were selected at random from 11,391,134 qualified entries (17,573,350 with derivatives) received during the application period that ran from noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 until noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, November 3, 2014. 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 2016 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2016 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2016 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2016 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2016.
Dates for the DV-2017 program registration period will be widely publicized in the coming months. Those interested in entering the DV-2017 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-2016 program:
||GAMBIA, THE 67
||SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 2
|BURKINA FASO 199
||SIERRA LEONE 2,141
|CABO VERDE 6
||SOUTH AFRICA 535
|CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. 23
||SOUTH SUDAN 17
|CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE 4,475
|COTE D’IVOIRE 1,129
|EQUATORIAL GUINEA 0
||SAUDI ARABIA 267
||NORTH KOREA 0
||SRI LANKA 704
|HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMIN. REGION 151
||UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 103
|| Macau 23
||SAN MARINO 0
|BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 92
|CZECH REPUBLIC 74
| French Polynesia 1
| Saint Martin 1
| Wallis and Futuna 1
|| Aruba 4
||VATICAN CITY 0
|| Curacao 2
||NORTHERN IRELAND 9
|BAHAMAS, THE 16
| Cocos Islands 1
||NEW ZEALAND 208
||SOLOMON ISLANDS 0
|| Cook Islands 4
|MARSHALL ISLANDS 0
||PAPUA NEW GUINEA 3
|MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF 3
|SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
|ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 0
||SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 2
||SAINT LUCIA 5
||SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES 7
||TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 51
|COSTA RICA 50
Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2016: 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.