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U.S. Department
of State

   

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 22, 2004


Diversity Visa Lottery 2005 (DV-2005) Results

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky, has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2005 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 100,000 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-2005 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2005 (October 1, 2004 until September 30, 2005).

Applicants registered for the DV-2005 program were selected at random from
more than 9.5 million qualified entries received during the 60-day application period that ran from 12:00 AM on November 1, 2003, until midnight, December 30, 2003. 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 2005 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2005 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2005 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2005 principal applicants are entitled to derivative diversity visa status only until September 30, 2005.

Only participants in the DV-2005 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-2006 lottery if they wish. The dates for the registration period for the DV-2006 lottery program will be widely publicized during August 2004.
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* The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) 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 NACARA 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-2005 program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA 1,489

ERITREA 556

NAMIBIA 11

ANGOLA 14

ETHIOPIA 6,060

NIGER 53

BENIN 233

GABON 29

NIGERIA 6,725

BOTSWANA 7

GAMBIA, THE 136

RWANDA 51

BURKINA FASO 76

GHANA 3,974

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 0

BURUNDI 34

GUINEA 268

SENEGAL 409

CAMEROON 1,540

GUINEA-BISSAU 3

SEYCHELLES 4

CAPE VERDE 6

KENYA 3,618

SIERRA LEONE 594

CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. 4

LESOTHO 0

SOMALIA 364

CHAD 22

LIBERIA 714

SOUTH AFRICA 390

COMOROS 3

LIBYA 35

SUDAN 1,015

CONGO 47

MADAGASCAR 28

SWAZILAND 6

CONGO, DEMOCRATIC

MALAWI 44

TANZANIA 356

REPUBLIC OF THE 844

MALI 124

TOGO 2,857

COTE D’IVOIRE 321

MAURITANIA 25

TUNISIA 134

DJIBOUTI 12

MAURITIUS 23

UGANDA 244

EGYPT 6,070

MOROCCO 5,298

ZAMBIA 118

EQUATORIAL GUINEA 2

MOZAMBIQUE 12

ZIMBABWE 141


ASIA

AFGHANISTAN 22

IRAQ 48

NEPAL 2,698

BAHRAIN 1

ISRAEL 116

OMAN 0

BANGLADESH 7,404

JAPAN 373

QATAR 1

BHUTAN 1

JORDAN 44

SAUDI ARABIA 30

BRUNEI 1

NORTH KOREA 1

SINGAPORE 35

BURMA 531

KUWAIT 16

SRI LANKA 386

CAMBODIA 164

LAOS 4

SYRIA 26

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMIN. REGION 77

LEBANON 83

THAILAND 102

INDONESIA 258

MALAYSIA 87

TAIWAN 367

IRAN 820

MALDIVES 0

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 13

 

MONGOLIA 55

YEMEN 40

EUROPE

ALBANIA 3,380

GEORGIA 375

NORTHERN IRELAND 75

ANDORRA 1

GERMANY 1,275

NORWAY 25

ARMENIA 1,004

GREECE 78

POLAND 6,211

AUSTRIA 91

HUNGARY 181

PORTUGAL 51

AZERBAIJAN 235

ICELAND 5

Macau 12

BELARUS 925

IRELAND 205

ROMANIA 2,521

BELGIUM 81

ITALY 202

SAN MARINO 0

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 103

KAZAKHSTAN 296

SERBIA & MONTENEGRO 425

BULGARIA 4,068

KYRGYZSTAN 206

SLOVAKIA 398

CROATIA 69

LATVIA 158

SLOVENIA 6

CYPRUS 14

LIECHTENSTEIN 1

SPAIN 134

CZECH REPUBLIC 169

LITHUANIA 1,114

SWEDEN 115

DENMARK 42

LUXEMBOURG 2

SWITZERLAND 136

ESTONIA 64

MACEDONIA, FORMER YUGOSLAV REP. OF 306

TAJIKISTAN 83

FINLAND 59

MALTA 0

TURKEY 1,803

FRANCE 384

MOLDOVA 383

TURKMENISTAN 78

French Southern & Antarctic Lands 1

MONACO 0

UKRAINE 5,361

Martinique 2

NETHERLANDS 130

UZBEKISTAN 1,551

New Caledonia 1

Netherlands Antilles 10

VATICAN CITY 0

Reunion 3

Aruba 2

NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE 14

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA 787

NAURU 0

SAMOA 6

Cocos Islands 2

NEW ZEALAND 290

SOLOMON ISLANDS 1

FIJI 530

Cook Islands 0

TONGA 96

KIRIBATI 0

Niue 1

TUVALU 0

MARSHALL ISLANDS 0

PALAU 2

VANUATU 0

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF 0

PAPUA NEW GUINEA 5

 

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 4

DOMINICA 8

PERU 2,514

ARGENTINA 221

ECUADOR 308

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 3

BARBADOS 12

GRENADA 7

SAINT LUCIA 4

BELIZE 3

GUATEMALA 25

SAINT VINCENT AND

BOLIVIA 108

GUYANA 27

THE GRENADINES 14

BRAZIL 592

HONDURAS 35

SURINAME 3

CHILE 43

NICARAGUA 14

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 96

COSTA RICA 24

PANAMA 17

URUGUAY 18

CUBA 674

PARAGUAY 14

VENEZUELA 299


Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2005: Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R., and Taiwan), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

2004/806


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Released on July 22, 2004



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