50,000 visas will be available by lottery for immigrants from selected “low immigration rate” countries
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted based on United States law. The law provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” with visas made available to persons from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2014, 50,000 diversity visas (DV) will be available.
The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated, random drawing chooses selectees for DVs. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, and within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. Visas are allocated to natives of countries with historically lower rates of U.S. immigration. Natives of countries who have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the past five years are not eligible to apply for the Diversity Visa program.
For DV-2014, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years:
BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM. Note that persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible. This year, for the first time, natives of Guatemala are now eligible for selection.
How to register: Entries for the DV-2014 DV program must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, October 2, 2012 and noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Applicants may access the electronic DV Entry Form (E-DV) at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. The Department of State will not accept paper entries and applicants are encouraged to apply early. You may read more about the DV program at the Department of State’s website for instructions as to eligibility and the application process. In addition, we offer some tips from last year’s lottery