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U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesman Press Statement

 

Press Statement by Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
June 23, 2000

Results of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2001)

The National Visa Center at Portsmouth, New Hampshire has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2001 diversity lottery. The diversity lottery was conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and makes available *50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Approximately 90,000 applicants have been registered and notified and may now make an application for an immigrant visa. Since it is likely that some of the first *50,000 persons registered will not pursue their cases to visa issuance, this larger figure should insure that all DV-2001 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2001 (October 1, 2000 until September 30, 2001).

Applicants registered for the DV-2001 program were selected at random from the approximately 11 million qualified entries received during the one-month application period that ran from noon on October 4, 1999 through noon on November 3, 1999. An additional 2 million applications received inside and outside of the mail-in period were disqualified for failing to properly follow directions.

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.

Those selected will need to act on their immigrant visa applications quickly. Applicants should follow the instructions in their notification letter and must fully complete the information requested. Registrants living legally in the United States who wish to apply for adjustment of their status must contact the Immigration and Naturalization Service for information on the requirements and procedures. Once the total *50,000 visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 2001 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2001 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2001 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2001 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2001.

Only participants in the DV-2001 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-2002 lottery if they wish. The dates for the mail-in period for the DV-2002 lottery are scheduled from October 2, 2000 until November 1, 2000. Instructions on entering the DV-2002 program will be widely publicized beginning on July 31, 2000 and will include the mailing address for the new Kentucky Consular Center where entries for DV-2002 should be sent.

*The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NCARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulated that up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas be made available for use under the NCARA program. The reduction of the limit of available visas to 50,000 began with DV-2000.

The following is the statistical breakdown by foreign-state chargeability of those registered for the DV-2001 program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA 949

ERITREA 245

NAMIBIA 5

ANGOLA 9

ETHIOPIA 5,007

NIGER 18

BENIN 62

GABON 11

NIGERIA 6,017

BOTSWANA 21

GAMBIA, THE 72

RWANDA 56

BURKINA FASO 18

GHANA 6,000

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 0

BURUNDI 11

GUINEA 283

SENEGAL 316

CAMEROON 653

GUINEA-BISSAU 2

SEYCHELLES 2

CAPE VERDE 11

KENYA 1,606

SIERRA LEONE 2,240

CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. 5

LESOTHO 0

SOMALIA 2,364

CHAD 23

LIBERIA 1,193

SOUTH AFRICA 357

COMOROS 0

LIBYA 34

SUDAN 1,661

CONGO 45

MADAGASCAR 29

SWAZILAND 0

CONGO, DEMOCRATIC

MALAWI 25

TANZANIA 231

REPUBLIC OF THE 596

MALI 59

TOGO 699

COTE D'IVOIRE 199

MAURITANIA 23

TUNISIA 83

DJIBOUTI 25

MAURITIUS 23

UGANDA 154

EGYPT 2,383

MOROCCO 5,000

ZAMBIA 101

EQUATORIAL GUINEA 3

MOZAMBIQUE 8

ZIMBABWE 91

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN 309

IRAQ 99

NEPAL 376

BAHRAIN 4

ISRAEL 115

OMAN 3

BANGLADESH 5,003

JAPAN 408

PAKISTAN 4,721

BHUTAN 1

JORDAN 80

QATAR 7

BRUNEI 0

NORTH KOREA 2

SAUDI ARABIA 88

BURMA 734

KUWAIT 47

SINGAPORE 41

CAMBODIA 152

LAOS 8

SRI LANKA 410

HONG KONG SPECIAL

LEBANON 78

SYRIA 85

ADMIN. REGION 126

MALAYSIA 70

THAILAND 163

INDONESIA 369

MALDIVES 269

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 40

IRAN 740

MONGOLIA 24

YEMEN 201

EUROPE

ALBANIA 4,255

GERMANY 1,902

NORTHERN IRELAND 42

ANDORRA 0

GREECE 63

NORWAY 14

ARMENIA 989

HUNGARY 120

PORTUGAL 31

AUSTRIA 90

ICELAND 9

ROMANIA 2,370

AZERBAIJAN 300

IRELAND 221

RUSSIA 3,579

BELARUS 861

ITALY 141

SAN MARINO 0

BELGIUM 39

KAZAKHSTAN 876

SERBIA-MONTENEGRO 401

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 59

KYRGYZSTAN 184

SLOVAKIA 331

BULGARIA 2,893

LATVIA 175

SLOVENIA 10

CROATIA 62

LIECHTENSTEIN 0

SPAIN 37

CYPRUS 12

LITHUANIA 1,200

SWEDEN 87

CZECH REPUBLIC 137

LUXEMBOURG 2

SWITZERLAND 1660

DENMARK 45

MACEDONIA, FORMER

TAJIKISTAN 46

ESTONIA 47

YUGOSLAV REP. OF 190

TURKEY 1,011

FINLAND 27

MALTA 4

TURKMENISTAN 48

FRANCE 260

MOLDOVA 269

UKRAINE 5,029

REUNION 1

MONACO 0

UZBEKISTAN 1,026

GEORGIA 287

NETHERLANDS 53

 

 

ARUBA 1

 

NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE 19

 

 

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA 333

NAURU 0

SOLOMON ISLANDS 0

FIJI 676

NEW ZEALAND 224

TONGA 55

KIRIBATI 0

PALAU 0

TUVALU 0

MARSHALL ISLANDS 0

PAPUA NEW GUINEA 3

VANUATU 1

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF

SAMOA 8

 

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 1

DOMINICA 18

PERU 872

ARGENTINA 117

ECUADOR 1,167

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 1

BARBADOS 4

GRENADA 3

SAINT LUCIA 6

BELIZE 4

GUATEMALA 27

SAINT VINCENT AND

BOLIVIA 17

GUYANA 47

THE GRENADINES 6

BRAZIL 397

HONDURAS 47

SURINAME 0

CHILE 9

NICARAGUA 21

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 102

COSTA RICA 24

PANAMA 30

URUGUAY 12

CUBA 743

PARAGUAY 8

VENEZUELA 130

Natives of the following were not eligible were not eligible to participate in DV-2001: Canada, China (except Hong Kong S.A.R.), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Taiwan , United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

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