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Diversity Visa Registration for 2015 Program Begins; Nigeria No Longer Eligible

Online registration for the DV-2015 (Diversity Visa) Program began on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 12 noon EDT (GMT-4), and will conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 12 noon EDT (GMT-4). The Department of State advises, "Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays."

Nationals of the following countries are not eligible for DV-2015: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, 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.

"Diversity immigrants" are selected by random lottery from eligible nationals of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For fiscal year 2015, 50,000 diversity visas will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV Program.

Applicants who are selected in the lottery must meet eligibility requirements to qualify. Diversity visas are distributed among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available diversity green cards in any one year.

Entries must be submitted ONLINE only once. Incomplete or duplicate entries will be disqualified. Entrants will need to check the status of their entries online at the same website beginning in May 2014.

INSTRUCTINOS FOR THE DV-2015 PROGRAM, which includes eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions.

DV-2014 entrants may check the status of their entries through Entrant Status Check through June 30, 2014.

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