DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM (DV-2005)
congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State
and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration
and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration
Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 to provide for
a new class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants"
(DV immigrants). The Act makes available 50,000 permanent
resident visas annually to persons from countries with low
rates of immigration to the United States.
The annual DV program makes permanent residence visas available
to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements.
Applicants for Diversity Visas are chosen by a computer-generated
random lottery drawing. The visas, however, are distributed
among six geographic regions with a greater number of visas
going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with
no visas going to citizens of countries sending more than
50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the past five years. Within
each region, no one country may receive more than seven percent
of the available Diversity Visas in any one year.
DV-2005, natives of the following countries are not eligible
to apply because they sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants
to the U.S. in the previous five years:
CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EL SALVADOR,
HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PHILIPPINES, RUSSIA,
SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and
its dependent territories, and VIETNAM. Persons born in Hong
Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.
ENTRIES FOR THE DV-2005 DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY MUST BE SUBMITTED
ELECTRONICALLY BETWEEN SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2003 AND TUESDAY,
DECEMBER 30, 2003. PAPER ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
more information, please contact our office at (608)