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2006 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Announced

October 1, 2004

Each year, the congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Program makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States who meet 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. These are Vietnam, Russia, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Canada, Pakistan, Mexico, Jamaica, India, Haiti, Philippines, El Salvador, South Korea, Colombia, and China.

Entries for the DV-2006 Diversity Visa Lottery must be submitted electronically between Friday, November 5, 2004 and Friday, January 7, 2005.

Read the attached document (PDF) containing instructions and conditions for the DV-2006 Program.

No fee is charged to enter the annual DV program

The U.S. Government employs no outside consultants or private services to operate the DV program. Any intermediaries or others who offer assistance to prepare DV casework for applicants do so without the authority or consent of the U.S. Government. Use of any outside intermediary or assistance to prepare a DV entry is entirely at the applicant's discretion. Entries will be received only during the lottery registration period.

2005 Diversity Visa Lottery results

Applicants registered for the DV-2005 program were selected at random from more than 9.5 million qualified entries received during the 60-day application period that ran from 12:00 AM on November 1, 2003, until midnight, December 30, 2003. The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions, with a maximum of seven percent available to persons born in any single country. During the visa interview, principal applicants must provide proof of a high school education or its equivalent, or show two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience within the past five years.

Only participants in the DV-2005 program who were selected for further processing have been notified. Those who have not received notification were not selected. They may try for the upcoming DV-2006 lottery if they wish.

 

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