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U.S. Department of State

Office of the Spokesman

Press Statement

Press Statement by Philip T. Reeker, Acting Spokesman

May 31, 2000


Availability of Diversity Visa (DV-2000) Lottery Numbers


Individuals registered for the DV-2000 lottery who wish to obtain an immigrant visa will need to act quickly to obtain their visas before the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2000. This is because 5,000 fewer DV numbers will be available for DV-2000 than previous programs. The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NCARA) passed by Congress in 1997 stipulates that, 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas be made available for use under the NCARA program. The annual reduction of the limit to 50,000 will begin with DV-2000 and will continue in future DV programs. As a result, DV numbers for fiscal year 2000 could be exhausted before the end of the fiscal year.


Very heavy demand for diversity visa numbers, particularly at Immigration and Naturalization Service offices in the United States, might cause allocations of available numbers to reach the annual limit prior to the end of the fiscal year. Any DV-2000 registrants processing their case through a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas who have not returned their initial set of application forms to the National Visa Center should do so immediately. We encourage DV-2000 registrants who have received their immigrant visa appointment notice to ensure that their paperwork is in order and medical examinations are completed by the time of their final visa interview. If during the final interview, applicants are instructed to supply additional documentation, they should return with it prior to the end of the month or risk not receiving one of the limited remaining available visas.