By Michael Phulwani
The following information is provided by the Visa Office regarding the cut-off dates for the month of July 2010:
F1-Family first preference: Unmarried sons and daughters over the age of 21 years of US citizens. The cut-off date has moved forward by four (4) months and three (3) weeks for most of the countries, including India to April 1, 2005.
F2A – Family second preference: Spouses and minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters of permanent residents. The cut-off date has moved forward by six (6) months for most countries, including India to July 1, 2008.
F2B- Family second preference: Unmarried sons and daughters over 21 of permanent residents. The cut-off date has moved forward by five (5) months and two (2) weeks for most of the countries, including India to May 1, 2003.
F3-Family third preference: Married sons and daughters of US citizens and their spouses and children. The cut-off date has moved forward by nine (9) weeks for most of the countries, including India at September 1, 2001.
F4-Family fourth preference: Brothers and sisters of US citizens. The cut-off date has moved forward by four (4) months for most of the countries, including India to January 1, 2001.
EB1 – Priority workers: The cut-off date for this category for all countries, including India is current.
EB2 – Advanced degree holders: The cut-off date for this category for most countries is current and for India it has moved forwards by eight (8) months to October 1, 2005.
EB3 – Professional skilled workers: The cut-off date for this category has moved forward by seven (7) weeks to August 15, 2003 for most of the countries, and for India it has moved forward by four (4) weeks to November 22, 2001.
EB3 – Other workers: The cut-off date for this category has not moved at all and remains the same at June 1, 2001 for most of the countries, including India.
EB4 (Certain special immigrants), EB4 (Certain religious workers), EB5 (Targeted employment programs) and EB5 (Pilot programs) are current for all countries.
Visa availability in the family-sponsored categories
There continues to be extremely rapid forward movement of most family preference cut-off dates. This is a direct result of the lack of demand by potential applicants, who have chosen not to pursue final action on their cases, or who may no longer be eligible for status. The rapid movement provides the best opportunity to maximize number use under the FY-2010 annual numerical limitations. Should applicants eventually decide to pursue action on their cases it will have a significant impact on the cut-off dates.
Visa availability in the employment-based categories
Based on current indications of demand, the best case scenarios for cut-off dates which will be reached by the end of FY-2010 (i.e. September 30, 2010) are as follows:
Employment First (EB1): Current.
Employment Second (EB2): China and India: March or April 2006.
Employment Third (EB3 Professionals and skilled workers): Worldwide: June through September 2004 India: February 2002.
Employment Fourth (EB4):
Worldwide: It may be necessary to establish a cut-off date for September.
Employment Fifth (EB5): Current
Please be advised that the above date ranges are only estimates which are subject to fluctuations in demand. Continued heavy demand during recent months has reduced the estimated forward movements projected earlier in the year. It is possible that some annual limits could be reached or that some preferences could retrogress prior to the end of the fiscal year. Those categories with a “Current” projection will remain so for the foreseeable future.
Diversity visa lottery 2011 (DV-2011) results
The Kentucky Consular Cen-ter in Williamsburg, Kentucky, has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2011 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 100,600 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-2011 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2011 (October 1, 2010 until September 30, 2011).
Applicants registered for the DV-2011 program were selected at random from over 12.1 million qualified entries (16.5 million with derivatives) received during the 60-day application period that ran from noon on October 2, 2009, until noon, November 30, 2009. 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 US 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 2011 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2011 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2011 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2011 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2011.
We are providing herewith the number of persons that were selected from a few countries for the DV-2010:
Afganistan – 97; bangladesh – 5,999; Singapore – 35; Kuwait – 88; Nepal – 2,189; Guyana – 36; Suriname – 9; Trinidad and Tobago – 145.