Per Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) a maximum of up to 55,000 immigrant visas are provided each fiscal year to grant immigration opportunities for persons from countries other than the principal sources of current immigration to the US. The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) that was passed by the Congress in November 1997 stipulates that from DV-99, and for as long as needed, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NACARA program. Because of this the DV-2010 annual limit was reduced to 50,000. DV visas (green cards) are divided and issued among six geographic regions. A single country cannot receive more than seven percent of the available diversity visas in any given year.
The results of the 2009 Diversity Visa (green card) lottery was published. According to the U.S. State Department there were a total of 16.1 million entries for the program including all family (derivative) members. According to news reports, 12.1 million applications were filed, which means that each registration counted for an average of 1.4 applicants each, including the principle applicant, his/her spouse and children.
The highest number of winners in DV-2011 green card lottery program were born in the following countries:
Ghana – 6002, Nigeria – 6000, Ukraine – 6000, Bangladesh – 5999, Ethiopia – 5200, Uzbekistan – 5091, Kenya – 4689, Egypt – 4251, Sierra Leone – 3911, Cameroon – 3674, Iran – 2819, Democratic republic of the Congo – 2575, Turkey – 2266, Nepal – 2189, Morocco – 2003, Germany – 1895, Liberia – 1826 , Algeria – 1753, Albania – 1469.
Successful applicants of the DV-2011 green card lottery were notified by mail between May and July of 2010. For successful DV 2011 entrants, the DV immigrant visa application process is underway and most probably be completed and visas issued by September 30, 2011.
Significantly, the same countries with large numbers of lottery winners in the year 2009 green card lottery (DV-2011) also had significant totals for the year 2008 green card lottery (DV-2010):
Ghana – 8,752 , Nigeria – 6006 , Bangladesh – 6001, Ukraine – 5499, Ethiopia – 5200, Kenya – 4619, Egypt – 4201, Uzbekistan – 4059, Sierra Leone – 3898, Cameroon – 3719, Morocco – 3124 , Turkey – 2,826, Iran – 2773, Albania – 2311, Germany – 2188, Liberia – 2172, Nepal – 2132, Algeria – 1947, Democratic republic of the Congo – 1817.
If you have been selected in the Diversity Visa program, after you receive instructions you will have to demonstrate that you are eligible for a diversity immigrant visa by successfully completing the next steps. When Kentucky Consular Center requests to do so, you will have to complete the immigrant visa application, submit necessary documents and forms, pay required fees and complete a medical examination. Then you have to be interviewed by a consular officer at the U.S. embassy or consulate to demonstrate that you qualify for the diversity visa. The Kentucky Consular Center will provide application information either through mail (for DV-2011 successful entrants) or online through the Entry Status Check at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov (for DV-2012 successful entrants).
All successful DV entrants should be eligible to receive a visa by qualifying based on education, work, and other eligibility requirements. Per the law, every DV entrant must have at least:
A high school education or its equivalent; or
Two years of work experience during the past five years in an occupation that needs at least two years training or experience.
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