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Visas Available As Of August 1, 2011
I believe in the power of prayer so I readily accepted the request,designating Ms. Myrna FarinasReyes to coordinate the event inSan Diego County. Plans are un-derway to contact our religiousand community leaders so thatwe can come together on August21 as a community to pray for peace in the Spratly. The pro-gram will be announced later.Here is a general letter sent byLoida Lewis and Rodel Rodis,which they requested me tocirculate.Dear friend/kababayan, We are writing to ask youto pray. We know you do thatevery day anyway but we ask you to make a special prayer for peace in the Spratlys. We requestyou to organize a prayer/townhall meeting in your communityon Sunday, August 21, 2011 to join more than 100 other com-munities in the U.S. that will be holding a Day of Prayer for Peace in the Spratlys. Pleaseinvite your friends, relatives andneighbors - as well as religious
leaders, elected ofcials and
community leaders - to join youin praying for a peaceful resolu-tion of the crisis in the Spratlysand in discussing the issues sur-rounding the dispute.Before you agree to our request,you will want to know why your prayers are needed and what theyare for. The Spratly Islands consist of 450 islands, atolls and reefs inthe West Philippine Sea (SouthChina Sea) whose ownership has been contested by six countries.About 8 of these islands areclaimed by the Philippines as
August 2,2011 The scal year
2011 limit for family-sponsored preference immigrants is 226,000and 140,000 visas for employment- based preference immigrants. Of the total 366,000 visas availableworldwide to all family and employ-ment sponsored immigrants, only7% or 25,620 visas is allotted as the per country maximum for preferenceimmigrants. The Philippines andMexico are 2 countries which areoversubscribed – there are more visa
beneciaries than the visas allotted
per country. Consequently, there is afurther regression for both family-sponsored, and employment-spon-sored immigrants, including nurses.Immediate relatives of a UScitizen - a parent, spouse or childunder 21 years – are not subject tothese numerical limitations and areimmediately entitled to visas. Thus,if you are not the spouse, nor a par-ent, nor a child under 21 years oldof a U.S. citizen - you are a “Prefer-ence Immigrant.” Also, if you are being petitioned as an immigrantworker, whether you are a scientistor a mechanic or a caregiver, you are
classied as a “Preference Immi
-grant”, but 1st and 2nd preferenceworkers always have visas immedi-ately available.
All beneciaries of approved im
-migrant petitions who are “Prefer-ence Immigrants” must wait for their priority dates to get an immigrantvisa from the US consulate abroad;
or, if already in the US, to le for
adjustment or green card with theImmigration Service (USCIS), as-suming they are eligible under someamnesty law like 245(i), etc.The “priority date” is the date of
ling of the family petition; or the
immigrant petition (for 1st prefer-
Family- Spon-soredAll AreasExcept ThoseListedCHINA- main-land bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINESF1
Employment-Sponsored Preference Categories1st: Priority Workers (including spouse and children under 21)2nd: Advanced Degree Professionals or Exceptional Ability Aliens (including spouse and children under 21)3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (including nurses, BS degree holders and caregivers and their respective spouses and children under 21)4th: Certain Special Immigrants5th: Employment Creation (investors in a targeted rural or high-unemployment area)
BasedAll Areas ExceptThose ListedCHINA- main-land bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES1
5thTargeted Em-ployment Areas/Regional Ctrs andPilot Programs
ence workers, or nurses and physical
therapists); or the labor certication
application (for all other workers).So if your priority date is before thedate listed under your home coun-try, you are immediately entitled toget a visa from your country’s USEmbassy; or apply for adjustment/green card, if you are eligible. For employment-sponsored immigrants,“C” stands for current which meansvisas are immediately available and“U” stands for unavailable.
The Visa Bulletin for August 2011
shows the following dates for thePhilippines and other countries:Family-Sponsored PreferenceCategories1st: Unmarried Sons and Daugh-ters of Citizens2nd: Spouses and Children, andUnmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents, further classi-
ed as Spouses and Children (F2A)
and Unmarried Sons and Daughters21 years of age or older (F2B).3rd: Married Sons and Daughtersof Citizens (including all childrenunder 21 years)4th: Brothers and Sisters of AdultCitizens (including all childrenunder 21 years)On the chart below, “C” meanscurrent, which means visas are avail-
able; “U” means unavailable. Visas
are available only for visa applicantswhose priority date is earlier thanthe cut-off date listed.If you are a 3rd or 4th preferencefamily-sponsored immigrant or anemployment-sponsored immigrant(1st-4th) and you have children whoare over 21 years old, consult an at-
torney to nd out whether your child
is considered “under 21” under theChild Status Protection Act.
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WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitanoand U.S. Citizenship and Immigra-tion Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas today outlineda series of policy, operational, andoutreach efforts to fuel the nation’seconomy and stimulate investment by attracting foreign entrepreneurialtalent of exceptional ability or whootherwise can create jobs, formstartup companies, and invest capitalin areas of high unemployment. “The United States must continueto attract the best and brightest fromaround the world to invest their talents, skills, and ideas to grow our economy and create American jobs,”said Secretary Napolitano. “Today’sannouncements will help our nationfully realize the potential of existingimmigration laws.” “Current immigration laws supportforeign talent who will invest their capital, create new jobs for Ameri-can workers, and dedicate their
DHS Secretary Na-politano Announc-es Initiatives ToPromote StartupEnterprises AndSpur Job Creation