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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 11, 2001


Diversity Visa Lottery 2002 (DV-2002) Results

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

 

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN 208 IRAQ 117 NEPAL 729
BAHRAIN 3 ISRAEL 199 OMAN 6
BANGLADESH 5,497 JAPAN 637 QATAR 4
BHUTAN 4 JORDAN 123 SAUDI ARABIA 50
BRUNEI 0 NORTH KOREA 0 SINGAPORE 62
BURMA 930 KUWAIT 39 SRI LANKA 757
CAMBODIA 267 LAOS 6 SYRIA 67
HONG KONG SPECIAL LEBANON 118 THAILAND 363
ADMIN. REGION 205 MALAYSIA 131 TAIWAN 2,261
INDONESIA 537 MALDIVES 0 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 22
IRAN 1,703 MONGOLIA 69 YEMEN 223

 

EUROPE

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

NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE 15

 

OCEANIA

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

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

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


Released on May 11, 2001

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