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U.S. Department of State Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 24, 2003


Diversity Visa Lottery 2004 (DV-2004) Results

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky, has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2004 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 111,000 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-2004 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2004 (October 1, 2003 until September 30, 2004).

Applicants registered for the DV-2004 program were selected at random from the approximately 7.3 million qualified entries received during the one-month application period that ran from Noon on October 7, 2002 through Noon on November 6, 2002. An additional 2.9 million applications were either received outside of the mail-in period or 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 Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services for information on the requirements and procedures. Once the total *50,000 visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 2004 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2004, will derive no further benefit from their DV-2004 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2004 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2004.

Only participants in the DV-2004 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-2005 lottery if they wish. The dates for the mail-in period for the DV-2005 lottery program will be widely publicized during August 2003.

* 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-2004 program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA 1,285                       ERITREA 373             NAMIBIA 10
ANGOLA 17                            ETHIOPIA 6,353          NIGER 35
BENIN 209                              GABON 14                 NIGERIA 7,145
BOTSWANA 8                         GAMBIA, THE 65        RWANDA 87
BURKINA FASO 34                  GHANA 7,040            SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 0
BURUNDI 27                            GUINEA 22                SENEGAL 269
CAMEROON 1,531                   GUINEA-BISSAU 6     SEYCHELLES 1
CAPE VERDE 4                       KENYA 5,721            SIERRA LEONE 2,149
CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. 10    LESOTHO 0               SOMALIA 566
CHAD 41                                  LIBERIA 1,570            SOUTH AFRICA 413
COMOROS 0                            LIBYA 24                   SUDAN 1,183
CONGO 31                               MADAGASCAR 27     SWAZILAND 2
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC             MALAWI 32               TANZANIA 329
REPUBLIC OF THE 455             MALI 51                     TOGO 2,819
COTE D’IVOIRE 268                  MAURITANIA 25         TUNISIA 115
DJIBOUTI 24                             MAURITIUS 44           UGANDA 351
EGYPT 4,189                            MOROCCO 5,069       ZAMBIA 124
EQUATORIAL GUINEA 1           MOZAMBIQUE 5        ZIMBABWE 168

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN 46 IRAQ 174 MONGOLIA 65 BAHRAIN 15 ISRAEL 465 NEPAL 4,259
BANGLADESH 5,126 JAPAN 1,291 OMAN 3
BHUTAN 9 JORDAN 125 QATAR 8
BRUNEI 7 NORTH KOREA 4 SAUDI ARABIA 54
BURMA 906 KUWAIT 45 SINGAPORE 137
CAMBODIA 237 LAOS 10 SRI LANKA 1,418
HONG KONG SPECIAL LEBANON 105 SYRIA 64
ADMIN. REGION 293 MALAYSIA 222 TAIWAN 1,833
INDONESIA 844 MALDIVES 0 THAILAND 297
IRAN 1,431 YEMEN 106


EUROPE

ALBANIA 3,071 GERMANY 1,227 NORTHERN IRELAND 51
ANDORRA 1 GREECE 66 NORWAY 19
ARMENIA 836 HUNGARY 139 POLAND 5,467
AUSTRIA 64 ICELAND 17 PORTUGAL 46
AZERBAIJAN 338 IRELAND 305 Macau 0
BELARUS 966 ITALY 165 ROMANIA 1,845
BELGIUM 46 KAZAKHSTAN 451 RUSSIA 2,600
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 128 KYRGYZSTAN 206 SAN MARINO 0
BULGARIA 3,482 LATVIA 172 SERBIA & MONTENEGRO 448
CROATIA 73 LIECHTENSTEIN 1 SLOVAKIA 392
CYPRUS 11 LITHUANIA 2,059 SLOVENIA 8
CZECH REPUBLIC 172 LUXEMBOURG 4 SPAIN 62
DENMARK 39 MACEDONIA, FORMER SWEDEN 82
ESTONIA 71 YUGOSLAV REP. OF 166 SWITZERLAND 183
FINLAND 44 MALTA 10 TAJIKISTAN 105
FRANCE 313 MOLDOVA 574 TURKEY 2,343
French Guiana 1 MONACO 1 TURKMENISTAN 95 French Polynesia 3 NETHERLANDS 94 UKRAINE 4,494
Guadeloupe 5 Netherlands Antilles 6 UZBEKISTAN 1,819
Reunion 2 Aruba 1 VATICAN CITY 0
GEORGIA 479

NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE 12

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA 362 NAURU 0 SOLOMON ISLANDS 2
FIJI 738 NEW ZEALAND 155 TONGA 43
KIRIBATI 0 Cook Islands 0 TUVALU 0
MARSHALL ISLANDS 0 PALAU 0 VANUATU 1
MICRONESIA, FEDERATED PAPUA NEW GUINEA 3
STATES OF 0 SAMOA 8


SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 6 DOMINICA 12 PERU 1,298
ARGENTINA 194 ECUADOR 746 SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 2
BARBADOS 3 GRENADA 6 SAINT LUCIA 5
BELIZE 4 GUATEMALA 26 SAINT VINCENT AND
BOLIVIA 62 GUYANA 22 THE GRENADINES 5
BRAZIL 287 HONDURAS 25 SURINAME 1
CHILE 23 NICARAGUA 27 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 71
COSTA RICA 12 PANAMA 13 URUGUAY 41
CUBA 674 PARAGUAY 31 VENEZUELA 194

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2004: Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R., and Taiwan), 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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Released on June 24, 2003



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