Friday, July 13, 2018

Visa Bulletin August 2018 Special Notes

For the official August 2018 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2018/visa-bulletin-august-2018.aspx

Apart from posting current dates, State Department has also added special notes to Visa Bulletin mentioned above. Please see full details below:

D. SPECIAL IMMIGRANT (SI) TRANSLATOR CATEGORY VISA AVAILABILITY

Given the limited availability of visa numbers and the existing demand, the Department expects to reach the FY-2018 annual limit of 50 Special Immigrant Visas in the SI category early this year. As a result, it has been necessary to maintain an August Final Action Date of April 22, 2012. Once the annual limit of 50 visas is reached, further issuances in the SI category will not be possible until October 2018, under the FY-2019 annual limit. The SQ Special Immigrant Visa category for certain Iraqi and Afghan nationals employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq or Afghanistan is not affected and remains current.

E. FAMILY-SPONSORED VISA AVAILABILITY DURING SEPTEMBER

The level of applicant demand being received in several preference categories has been steadily increasing. Although it is too early to tell at this time, continued high levels of demand might require the retrogression of one or more final action dates for September. Such action would be necessary to hold number use within the overall worldwide annual limits.

INDIA: The level of applicant demand being received in the Family Third and Fourth preference categories in recent months has increased dramatically. It is expected that one or both of these final action dates will be retrogressed for September. Such action would be necessary to hold number use within the per-country annual limit.

Any retrogression of the above mentioned preferences would be temporary and in October, the first month of fiscal year 2019, the final action dates would be returned to those established for August.

F. OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF AUGUST EMPLOYMENT-BASED PREFERENCE CATEGORIES

WORLDWIDE, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, MEXICO, AND PHILIPPINES EMPLOYMENT-BASED FIRST (E1) PREFERENCE: As readers were advised in item F of the July Visa Bulletin, there continues to be an extremely high rate of demand for E1 numbers, primarily for USCIS adjustment of status applicants. Therefore, pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, it has been necessary to impose an E1 Final Action Date for the month of August, with this date being imposed immediately. This action will allow the Department to hold worldwide number use within the maximum allowed under the FY-2018 annual limits.

INDIA Employment-based Fourth (E4) AND Certain Religious Workers (SR) preference categories: There has been extremely high demand in these preference categories. Pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, it has been necessary to impose E4 and SR Final Action Dates for India, which has reached its per-country limit. This action will allow the Department to hold worldwide number use within the maximum allowed under the FY-2018 annual limits.

The implementation of the above mentioned dates will only be temporary, with the dates returning to Current status for October, the first month of fiscal year 2019.

G. DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY 2019 (DV-2019) RESULTS

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2019 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 87,610 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-2019 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018 until September 30, 2019).

Applicants registered for the DV-2019 program were selected at random from 14,352,013 qualified entries (22,425,053 with derivatives) received during the 35-day application period that ran from noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, until noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. 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 U.S. 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 2019 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2019 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2019 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2019 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2019.

Dates for the DV-2020 program registration period will be widely publicized in the coming months. Those interested in entering the DV-2020 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 of chargeability of those registered for the DV-2019 program:

AFRICA
ALGERIA 2,462 ESWATINI 1 NAMIBIA 7
ANGOLA 316 ETHIOPIA 3,856 NIGER 58
BENIN 751 GABON 41 RWANDA 510
BOTSWANA 3 GAMBIA, THE 41 SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 0
BURKINA FASO 174 GHANA 2,484 SENEGAL 260
BURUNDI 300 GUINEA 719 SEYCHELLES 1
CABO VERDE 11 GUINEA-BISSAU 6 SIERRA LEONE 1,207
CAMEROON 2,978 KENYA 2,107 SOMALIA 196
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 11 LESOTHO 3 SOUTH AFRICA 454
CHAD 47 LIBERIA 2,484 SOUTH SUDAN 37
COMOROS 10 LIBYA 261 SUDAN 2,617
CONGO 248 MADAGASCAR 38 TANZANIA 106
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE 4,186 MALAWI 22 TOGO 1,242
COTE D'IVOIRE 1,036 MALI 58 TUNISIA 115
DJIBOUTI 89 MAURITANIA 25 UGANDA 318
EGYPT 4,185 MAURITIUS 11 ZAMBIA 41
EQUATORIAL GUINEA 16 MOROCCO 1,717 ZIMBABWE 90
ERITREA 284 MOZAMBIQUE 7
ASIA
AFGHANISTAN 543 JAPAN 376 QATAR 38
BAHRAIN 16 JORDAN 613 SAUDI ARABIA 630
BHUTAN 38 NORTH KOREA 1 SINGAPORE 27
BRUNEI 0 KUWAIT 158 SRI LANKA 784
BURMA 273 LAOS 11 SYRIA 420
CAMBODIA 237 LEBANON 268 TAIWAN 374
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMIN. REGION 69 MALAYSIA 104 THAILAND 122
INDONESIA 179 MALDIVES 5 TIMOR-LESTE 0
IRAN 4,199 MONGOLIA 196 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 157
IRAQ 731 NEPAL 3,633 YEMEN 1,193
ISRAEL 214 OMAN 10
EUROPE
ALBANIA 2,503 GREECE 98 NORTHERN IRELAND 8
ANDORRA 0 HUNGARY 92 NORWAY 19
ARMENIA 1,738 ICELAND 4 Svalbard 1
AUSTRIA 24 IRELAND 52 POLAND 461
AZERBAIJAN 1,203 ITALY 333 PORTUGAL 30
BELARUS 1,355 KAZAKHSTAN 886 ROMANIA 430
BELGIUM 42 KOSOVO 286 RUSSIA 3,641
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 53 KYRGYZSTAN 693 SAN MARINO 1
BULGARIA 411 LATVIA 52 SERBIA 307
CROATIA 43 LIECHTENSTEIN 0 SLOVAKIA 27
CYPRUS 6 LITHUANIA 184 SLOVENIA 9
CZECH REPUBLIC 64 LUXEMBOURG 5 SPAIN 164
DENMARK 32 MACEDONIA 270 SWEDEN 53
ESTONIA 26 MALTA 7 SWITZERLAND 47
FINLAND 47 MOLDOVA 1,138 TAJIKISTAN 1,171
FRANCE 366 MONACO 1 TURKEY 2,411
French Polynesia 1 MONTENEGRO 28 TURKMENISTAN 258
Saint Martin 1 NETHERLANDS 69 UKRAINE 4,025
St. Pierre and Miquelon 1 Aruba 4 UZBEKISTAN 3,461
GEORGIA 867 Curacao 3 VATICAN CITY 4
GERMANY 488 Sint Maarten 2
NORTH AMERICA
BAHAMAS, THE 18
OCEANIA
AUSTRALIA 777 NAURU 22 SAMOA 7
Christmas Island 3 NEW ZEALAND 242 SOLOMON ISLANDS 3
FIJI 396 Cook Islands 7 TONGA 58
KIRIBATI 9 Tokelau 3 TUVALU 0
MARSHALL ISLANDS 0 PALAU 2 VANUATU 0
MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF 1 PAPUA NEW GUINEA 8
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 4 DOMINICA 3 PARAGUAY 5
ARGENTINA 81 ECUADOR 224 SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 0
BARBADOS 4 GRENADA 2 SAINT LUCIA 0
BELIZE 0 GUATEMALA 50 SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES 4
BOLIVIA 19 GUYANA 6 SURINAME 0
CHILE 41 HONDURAS 44 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 33
COSTA RICA 28 NICARAGUA 15 URUGUAY 8
CUBA 326 PANAMA 3 VENEZUELA 1,282

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2019: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R., Macau, and Taiwan), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

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