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[Federal Register: August 1, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 148)]
[Notices]               
[Page 39811-39814]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr01au01-121]                         
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 3732]

Bureau of Consular Affairs; Registration for the Diversity 
Immigrant (DV-2003) Visa Program

ACTION: Notice of registration for the Diversity Immigrant Visa 
Program.
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    This public notice provides information on how to apply for the DV 
2000 Program. This notice is issued pursuant to 22 CFR 42.33(b)(2) 
which implements sections 201(a)(3), 201(e), 203(c) and 204(a)(1)(G) of 
the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, (8 U.S.C. 1151, 1153, 
and 1154(a)(1)(G)).

Entry Procedures for Immigrant Visas To Be Made Available in the DV 
Category During Fiscal Year 2003

    Entries for DV-2003 must be received at one of the Kentucky 
Consular Center Mailing Addresses Listed in this Notice between noon on 
Monday, October 1, 2001 and noon on Wednesday, October 31, 2001. 
Entries received before or after these dates will be disqualified 
regardless of when they are postmarked. Entries mailed to any address 
other than the Kentucky Consular Center addresses listed in this notice 
will be disqualified.

How Are Visas Apportioned?

    Visas are apportioned among six geographic regions with a greater 
number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and 
no visas going to countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the 
U.S. in the past five years. Within each of the six regions, no one 
country may receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity 
Visas in one year. By law, the U.S. Diversity Visa Program makes 
available a maximum of 55,000 each year. However, the Nicaraguan and 
Central American Relief Act (NACARA) stipulates that beginning as early 
as DV-99 and for as long as necessary, 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-
allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the 
NACARA Program. This reduction began in DV-2000 and remains in effect 
for DV-2003.
    For DV-2003, natives of the following are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply 
because they sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in 
the previous five years:

CANADA
CHINA (mainland-born)
COLOMBIA
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
EL SALVADOR
HAITI
INDIA
JAMAICA
MEXICO
PAKISTAN
PHILIPPINES
SOUTH KOREA
UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent 
territories
VIETNAM
(Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.)

What Are the Requirements To Apply for the DV-2003 Visas?

Chargeability

    To enter, an applicant must be able to claim nativity in an 
eligible country, AND must meet either the education or training 
requirement of the DV program. Nativity in most cases is determined by 
the applicant's place of birth. However, if a person was born in an 
ineligible country but his/her spouse was born in an eligible country, 
such person can claim the spouse's country of birth rather than his/her 
own. Also, if a person was born in an ineligible country, but neither 
of his/her parents was born there or resided there at the time of the 
birth, such person may be able to claim nativity in one of the parents' 
country of birth.

Education or Training

    To enter, an applicant MUST have EITHER a high school education or 
its equivalent, defined in the U.S. as successful completion of a 12-
year course of elementary and secondary education; OR two years of work 
experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at 
least two years of training or experience to perform. U.S. Department 
of Labor definitions, as indicated in the O*Net OnLine database, will 
apply. If a person does not meet these requirements, he/she SHOULD NOT 
submit an entry to the DV program.

Submitting an Entry

    Only ONE entry may be submitted by or for each applicant during the 
registration period. Submission of more than one entry will disqualify 
the person. The applicant must personally sign the entry, in his/her 
native alphabet. Failure of the applicant to personally sign his/her 
own entry will result in disqualification.

Completing the Entry

    There is no specific form for the entry. Failure to provide ALL of 
the information listed below will disqualify the applicant. Simply use 
a plain sheet of paper and type or clearly print in the English (Roman) 
alphabet (preferably in the order listed below):

1. FULL NAME, with the last (surname/family) name underlined
    EXAMPLES: Public, Sara Jane (or) Lopez, Juan Antonio
2. DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
    Date: Day, Month, Year
    EXAMPLE: 15 November 1961
    Place: City/Town, District/County/Province, Country
    EXAMPLE: Munich, Bavaria, Germany

    The name of the country should be that which is currently in use 
for the place where the applicant was born (For example, Slovenia, 
rather than Yugoslavia; Kazakstan rather than Soviet Union.)
    3. The Applicant's Native Country if Different from Country of 
Birth
    If the applicant is claiming nativity in a country other than his/
her place of birth, this must be clearly indicated on the entry. This 
information must match with what is put on the upper left corner of the 
entry envelope. (See ``MAILING THE ENTRY'' below.) If an applicant is 
claiming nativity through spouse or parent, please indicate this on the 
entry. (See ``Requirements'' section for more information on this item.
    4. NAME, DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH OF THE APPLICANT'S SPOUSE AND 
CHILDREN, NATURAL CHILDREN, AS WELL AS ALL LEGALLY-ADOPTED CHILDREN AND 
STEPCHILDREN, WHO ARE UNMARRIED AND UNDER THE AGE OF 21 YEARS. LIST 
DEPENDENTS REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THEY RESIDE WITH YOU AND/OR 
WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL IMMIGRATE WITH YOU. (Failure to provide ALL of 
this information will disqualify the applicant.) Note: married children 
and children 21 years or older will not qualify for the DV Program.
    5. FULL MAILING ADDRESS
    This must be clear and complete, as any communications will be sent 
there. A telephone number is optional, but useful.
    6. PHOTOGRAPHS. Attach a recent photograph, either black and white 
or in color, of the applicant, spouse and each child.
    If photos do not conform to the following specifications, the entry 
will be disqualified:
    The photo must be 2 inches (50 mm) square in size, with the name 
and date of birth printed on the back of the applicant's, spouse's or 
child's photo.
    The person photographed must be directly facing the camera. The 
head should not be tilted up, down or to the

[[Page 39812]]

side and should cover about 50% of the area of the photo.
    The person should be in front of a neutral, light-colored 
background.
    The face must be in focus.
    The person photographed may not where a hat or dark glasses.
    The photograph (not a photocopy) should be attached to the entry 
with clear tape--DO NOT use staples or paperclips, which can jam the 
mail processing equipment.
    7. SIGNATURE: The entry will be disqualified if the entry is not 
personally signed by the applicant with the usual and customary 
signature in his/her native alphabet. Neither an initialed signature 
nor block printing of the applicant's name will be accepted.
SAMPLE ENTRY
    There is no specific format for the DV entry. The following is a 
sample entry, but other formats may be used. Failure to include all of 
the required information will disqualify the applicant.

1. FULL NAME:
.----------------------------------------------------------------------
LAST (surname/family)      FIRST

2. DATE OF BIRTH
.----------------------------------------------------------------------
Day, Month, Year

PLACE OF BIRTH
.----------------------------------------------------------------------
City/Town, District/County/Province, Country

3. APPLICANT'S NATIVE COUNTRY, IF DIFFERENT FROM COUNTRY OF BIRTH
.----------------------------------------------------------------------
(See requirements above)

4. NAME, DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH OF THE APPLICANT'S SPOUSE AND 
CHILDREN
.----------------------------------------------------------------------
Name      Date of birth (day, month, year) Place of birth
.----------------------------------------------------------------------
Name      Date of birth (day, month, year) Place of birth
.----------------------------------------------------------------------
Name      Date of birth (day, month, year) Place of birth

    Attach information on additional children as necessary.
    Use the back of the page if there is insufficient space.

5. FULL MAILING ADDRESS:
.----------------------------------------------------------------------
.----------------------------------------------------------------------

6. PHOTOGRAPH: Attach recent photograph of the applicant, the 
applicant's spouse and all children. Individual separate photographs 
must be attached for the spouse and all children. Print the name and 
date of birth of each family member on the back of each photograph. 
Photos may be attached to the back of the entry if there is not 
enough room on the front
7. SIGNATURE:
.----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Failure to personally sign the entry will disqualify the 
applicant.

Mailing the Entry

    Submit the entry by regular or airmail to the address matching the 
region of the applicant's country of nativity. Entries sent by express 
or priority mail, second day airmail, fax, hand, messenger, or any 
means requiring receipts or special handling will not be processed.
     The envelope must be between 6 and 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) 
long and 3\1/2\ and 4\1/2\ inches (9 to 11 cm) wide.
     Postcards are NOT acceptable.
     Envelopes inside express or oversized mail packets are NOT 
acceptable.
     In the upper left-hand corner of the envelope the 
applicant must write his/her country of nativity, followed by the 
applicant's name and full return address, even if both are the same.
    Failure to provide this information will disqualify the entry.
    Mailing address: The mailing addresses for the six regions are as 
follows:

------------------------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------------------------------
AFRICA......................  (includes all         DV-2003 Program,
                               countries on the     Kentucky Consular
                               African continent     Center,
                               and adjacent         1001 Visa Crest,
                               islands):            Migrate, KY 41901-
                                                     1000, USA.
ASIA........................  (extends from Israel  DV-2003 Program,
                               to the northern      Kentucky Consular
                               Pacific islands,      Center,
                               and includes         2002 Visa Crest,
                               Indonesia):          Migrate, KY 41902-
                                                     2000, USA.
EUROPE......................  (extends from         DV-2003 Program,
                               Greenland to         Kentucky Consular
                               Russia, and           Center,
                               includes all         3003 Visa Crest,
                               countries of the     Migrate, KY 41903-
                               former USSR).         3000, USA.
SOUTH AMERICA/CENTRAL         (extends from         DV-2003 Program,
 AMERICA/CARIBBEAN.            Central America      Kentucky Consular
                               (Guatemala) and the   Center,
                               Caribbean nations    4004 Visa Crest,
                               to Chile).           Migrate, KY 41904-
                                                     4000, USA.
OCEANIA.....................  (includes Australia,  DV-2003 Program,
                               New Zealand, Papua   Kentucky Consular
                               New Guinea and all    Center,
                               countries and        5005 Visa Crest,
                               islands of the       Migrate, KY 41905-
                               South Pacific).       5000, USA.
NORTH AMERICA:..............  (includes the         DV-2003 Program,
                               Bahamas).            Kentucky Consular
                                                     Center,
                                                    6006 Visa Crest,
                                                    Migrate, KY 41906-
                                                     6000, USA.
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[[Page 39813]]

[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN01AU01.000

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Applicants must meet ALL eligibility requirements 
under the U.S. law in order to be issued visas. Processing of 
applications and issuance of diversity visas to successful applicants 
and their eligible family members MUST occur by September 30, 2003. 
Family members may not obtain diversity visas to follow to join the 
applicant in the U.S. after this date. There is NO initial fee, other 
than postage required to enter the DV-2003 program. The use of an 
outside intermediary or assistance to prepare a DV-2003 entry is 
entirely at the applicant's discretion. Qualified entries received 
directly from applicants or through intermediaries have equal chances 
of being selected by computer. There is no advantage to mailing early, 
or mailing from any particular locale. Every application received 
during the mail-in period will have an equal random chance of being 
selected within its region. However, more than one application per 
person will disqualify the person from registration.

Selection of Winners

    The selection of winners is made at random and no outside service 
can legitimately improve an applicant's chances of being chosen or 
guarantee that an entry will win. Any service that claims it can 
improve an applicant's odds is promising something it cannot lawfully 
deliver.

Determining 2003 DV Countries

    The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) determines the DV 
regional limits for each year according to a formula specified in 
section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The following 
countries are eligible for the 2003 DV Program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA
ANGOLA
BENIN
BOTSWANA
BURKINA FASO
BURUNDI
CAMEROON
CAPE VERDE
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
CHAD
COMOROS
CONGO
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE
COTE D'IVIORE (IVORY COST)
DJIBOUTI
EGYPT
EQUATORIAL GUINEA
ERITREA
ETHIOPIA
GABON
GAMBIA, THE
GHANA
GUINEA
GUINEA-BISSAU
KENYA
LESOTHO
LIBERIA
LIBYA
MADAGASCAR
MALAWI
MALI
MAURITANIA
MAURITIUS
MOROCCO
MOZAMBIQUE
NAMIBIA
NIGER
NIGERIA
RWANDA
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
SENEGAL SEYCHELLES
SIERRA LEONE
SOMALIA
SOUTH AFRICA
SUDAN
SWAZILAND
TANZANIA
TOGO
TUNISIA
UGANDA
ZAMBIA
ZIMBABWE

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN
BAHRAIN
BANGLADESH
BHUTAN
BRUNEI
BURMA
CAMBODIA
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
INDONESIA
IRAN
IRAQ
ISRAEL
JAPAN
JORDAN
KUWAIT
LAOS
LEBANON
MACAU SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
MALAYSIA
MONGOLIA

[[Page 39814]]

NEPAL
NORTH KOREA
OMAN
QATAR
SAUDI ARABIA
SINGAPORE
SRI LANKA
SYRIA
TAIWAN
THAILAND
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
YEMEN

    Asia countries that do not qualify for this year's diversity 
program: China (mainland-born), India, Pakistan, South Korea, 
Philippines, and Vietnam.

EUROPE

ALBANIA
ANDORRA
ARMENIA
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BELARUS
BELGIUM
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
BULGARIA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK (including components and dependent areas overseas)
ESTONIA
FINLAND
FRANCE (including components and dependent areas overseas)
GEORGIA
GERMANY
GREECE
HUNGARY
ICELAND
IRELAND
ITALY
KAZAKHSTAN
KYRGYZSTAN
LATVIA
LIECHTENSTEIN
LITHUANIA
LUXEMBOURG
MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF
MALTA
MOLDOVA
MONACO
MONTENEGRO
NETHERLANDS (including components and dependent areas overseas)
NORTHERN IRELAND*
NORWAY
POLAND
PORTUGAL
ROMANIA
RUSSIA
SAN MARINO
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SPAIN
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TAJIKISTAN
TURKEY
TURKMENISTAN
UKRAINE
UZBEKISTAN
VATICAN CITY
YUGOSLAVIA, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF

    European counties that do not qualify for this year's diversity 
program: Great Britain (including Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin 
Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, 
Pitcairn, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands.

    * Note: For the purposes of the diversity program only, Northern 
Ireland is treated separately and DOES qualify for this year's 
program.

NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE
    In North American, CANADA does not qualify for this year's 
diversity program.

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA (including components and dependent areas overseas)
FIJI
KIRIBATI
MARSHALL ISLANDS\
MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF
NAURU
NEW ZEALAND (including components and dependent areas overseas)
PALAU
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
SAMOA
SOLOMON ISLANDS
TONGA
TUVALU
VANUATU

SOUTH AMERICAN, CENTRAL AMERICAN, AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
ARGENTINA
BARBADOS
BELIZE
BOLIVIA
BRAZIL
CHILE
COSTA RICA
CUBA
DOMINICA
ECUADOR
GRENADA
GUATEMALA
GUYANA
HONDURAS
NICARAGUA
PANAMA
PARAGUAY
PERU
ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
ST. LUCIA
ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
SURINAME
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
URUGUAY
VENEZUELA
    Countries in this region that do NOT qualify for this year's 
diversity program: Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, 
Jamaica and Mexico.

Notifying Winners

    Only successful entrants will be notified. They will be notified by 
mail between April and July of 2002 at the address listed on their 
entry. Winners will also be sent instructions on how to apply for an 
immigrant visa, including information on the fee for immigrant visas 
and a separate visa lottery surcharge.
    Successful entrants must complete the immigrant visa application 
process and meet all eligibility requirements under U.S. law to be 
issued a visa. Being selected as a winner in the DV Lottery does not 
automatically guarantee issuance of a visa, even if the applicant is 
qualified, because the number of entries selected and registered is 
greater than the number of immigrant visas available. Those selected 
will, therefore, need to complete and file their immigrant visa 
applications quickly. Once all the diversity visas have been issued or 
on September 30, 2003, whichever is sooner, the DV Program for Fiscal 
Year 2003 will end.

Obtaining Instructions on Entering the DV Lottery

    Interested persons may call (202) 331-7199, which describes the 
various means to obtain further details on entering the DV-2003 
program. Applicants overseas may contact the nearest U.S. embassy or 
consulate for instructions on the DV lottery. DV information is also 
available in the Visa Bulletin, on the Internet at http://
travel.state.gov or via the Consular Affairs automated fax at (202) 
647-3000 (code 1103). Calls to the automated fax service must be made 
from a fax machine using the receiver or voice option of the caller's 
fax equipment.

    Dated: July 24, 2001.
Mary A. Ryan,
Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 01-19025 Filed 7-31-01; 8:45 am]
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