Oct 6 2005
USCIS Posts Information on DV 2007 Requirements
The USCIS has posted information on requirements for the DV 2007 program. The diversity lottery makes available 50,000 permanent residency visas to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. Applications for this visa are chosen by a computer generated random lottery drawing. The 50,000 visas are distributed among 6 geographical regions, with more visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration to the U.S. and no visas being issued to individuals form nations that have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. over the past five years. Within each of the 6 regions, no single country can received more than 7 percent of the available lottery visas per year.
For 2007, individuals from the following nations are NOT eligible to apply for the DV visa:
Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, 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.
Applications for the DV-2007 lottery must be submitted electronically between Noon (EST) Wednesday, October 5, 2005 and Noon (EST) Sunday, December 4, 2005. For more information, visit http://www.dvlottery.state.gov.