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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release
May 11, 2001

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2002 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- 2002 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2002 (October 1, 2001 until September 30, 2002).

Applicants registered for the DV-2002 program were selected at random from the approximately 10 million qualified entries received during the one-month application period that ran from Noon on October 2, 2000 through Noon on November 1, 2000. An additional 3 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 2002 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2002 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2002 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2002 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2002.

Only participants in the DV-2002 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-2003 lottery if they wish. The dates for the mail-in period for the DV-2003 lottery are scheduled from October 1, 2001 until October 31, 2001. Instructions on entering the DV-2003 program will be widely publicized in late July or August 2001.

* 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-2002 program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA 1,163
ANGOLA 15
BENIN 70
BOTSWANA 12
BURKINA FASO 14
BURUNDI 0
CAMEROON 775
CAPE VERDE 12
CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. 2
CHAD 19
COMOROS 0
CONGO 76
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC
REPUBLIC OF THE 405
COTE D'IVOIRE 163
DJIBOUTI 10
EGYPT 2,046
EQUATORIAL GUINEA 0
ERITREA 246
ETHIOPIA 4,997
GABON 18
GAMBIA, THE 63
GHANA 6,531
GUINEA 274
GUINEA-BISSAU 2
KENYA 2,408
LESOTHO 0
LIBERIA 1,117
LIBYA 26
MADAGASCAR 3
MALAWI 27
MALI 43
MAURITANIA 43
MAURITIUS 15
MOROCCO 2,056
MOZAMBIQUE 8
NAMIBIA 3
NIGER 45
NIGERIA 6,049
RWANDA 22
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 0
SENEGAL 379
SEYCHELLES 2
SIERRA LEONE 5,767
SOMALIA 1,328
SOUTH AFRICA 452
SUDAN 1,820
SWAZILAND 5
TANZANIA 269
TOGO 786
TUNISIA 151
UGANDA 192
ZAMBIA 91
ZIMBABWE 121

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN 208
BAHRAIN 3
BANGLADESH 5,497
BHUTAN 4
BRUNEI 0
BURMA 930
CAMBODIA 267
HONG KONG SPECIAL
ADMIN. REGION 205
INDONESIA 537
IRAN 1,703
IRAQ 117
ISRAEL 199
JAPAN 637
JORDAN 123
KUWAIT 39
LAOS 6
LEBANON 118
MALAYSIA 131
MALDIVES 0
MONGOLIA 69
NEPAL 729
NORTH KOREA 0
OMAN 6
QATAR 4
SAUDI ARABIA 50
SINGAPORE 62
SRI LANKA 757
SYRIA 67
THAILAND 363
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 22
YEMEN 223

EUROPE

ALBANIA 2,331
ANDORRA 0
ARMENIA 843
AUSTRIA 56
AZERBAIJAN 267
BELARUS 775
BELGIUM 30
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 49
BULGARIA 2,489
CROATIA 43
CYPRUS 16
CZECH REPUBLIC 116
DENMARK 26
ESTONIA 61
FINLAND 19
FRANCE 207
Guadeloupe 1
GEORGIA 273
GERMANY 1,090
GREECE 44
HUNGARY 101
ICELAND 9
IRELAND 135
ITALY 95
KAZAKHSTAN 656
KYRGYZSTAN 133
LATVIA 156
LIECHTENSTEIN 0
LITHUANIA 1,483
LUXEMBOURG 2
MACEDONIA, FORMER
YUGOSLAV REP. OF 157
MALTA 2
MOLDOVA 461
MONACO 0
NETHERLANDS 52
Netherlands Antilles 5
NORTHERN IRELAND 11
NORWAY 11
POLAND 4,707
PORTUGAL 17
ROMANIA 1,357
RUSSIA 2,754
SAN MARINO 0
SLOVAKIA 275
SLOVENIA 5
SPAIN 38
SWEDEN 54
SWITZERLAND 105
TAJIKISTAN 107
TURKEY 1,153
TURKMENISTAN 43
UKRAINE 5,511
UZBEKISTAN 1,497
VATICAN CITY 0
YUGOSLAVIA 175

NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE 15

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA 220
FIJI 820
KIRIBATI 0
MARSHALL ISLANDS 0
MICRONESIA, FEDERATED
STATES OF 0
NAURU 0
NEW ZEALAND 138
Cook Islands 3
PALAU 0
PAPUA NEW GUINEA 4
SAMOA 1
SOLOMON ISLANDS 0
TONGA 37
TUVALU 0
VANUATU 0

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 2
ARGENTINA 198
BARBADOS 2
BELIZE 0
BOLIVIA 79
BRAZIL 237
CHILE 41
COSTA RICA 8
CUBA 757
DOMINICA 6
ECUADOR 432
GRENADA 4
GUATEMALA 20
GUYANA 32
HONDURAS 12
NICARAGUA 6
PANAMA 6
PARAGUAY 1
PERU 1,181
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 2
SAINT LUCIA 3
SAINT VINCENT AND
THE GRENADINES 2
SURINAME 2
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 69
URUGUAY 17
VENEZUELA 153

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2002: Canada, China (mainland-born, and Macau, except Hong Kong S.A.R.), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

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