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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 18, 2002


Results of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery (DV-2003)

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2003 diversity lottery. The diversity lottery was conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This Act makes available *50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Approximately 87,000 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, registration of a larger number of applicants is intended to ensure that all available DV-2003 numbers will be used during Fiscal Year 2003 (October 1, 2002 until September 30, 2003).

Applicants registered for the DV-2003 program were selected at random from the approximately 6.2 million qualified entries received during the one-month application period that ran from Noon on October 1, 2001 through Noon on October 31, 2001. An additional 2.5 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 one of the following: 1) a high school education or its equivalent, or 2) two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience. 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 2003 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2003 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2003 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2003 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2003.

Only participants in the DV-2003 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-2004 lottery if they wish. The dates for the mail-in period for the DV-2004 lottery are scheduled from Noon, Monday, October 7, 2002 until Noon, Wednesday, November 6, 2002. Instructions on entering the DV-2004 program will be widely publicized in late July or early August 2002.

* 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-2003 program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA

834

 

ERITREA

252

 

NAMIBIA

6

ANGOLA

29

 

ETHIOPIA

5,562

 

NIGER

34

BENIN

134

 

GABON

20

 

NIGERIA

5,989

BOTSWANA

4

 

GAMBIA, THE

32

 

RWANDA

21

BURKINA FASO

28

 

GHANA

6,333

 

SAO TOME AND
PRINCIPE

 
           

0

BURUNDI

21

 

GUINEA

157

 

SENEGAL

199

CAMEROON

675

 

GUINEA-BISSAU

1

 

SEYCHELLES

0

CAPE VERDE

1

 

KENYA

3,194

 

SIERRA LEONE

3,096

CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.

8

 

LESOTHO

2

 

SOMALIA

748

CHAD

45

 

LIBERIA

1,067

 

SOUTH AFRICA

617

COMOROS

2

 

LIBYA

61

 

SUDAN

1,297

CONGO

41

 

MADAGASCAR

25

 

SWAZILAND

5

CONGO, DEMOCRATIC
REPUBLIC OF THE

   

MALAWI

31

 

TANZANIA

349

619

 

MALI

46

 

TOGO

1,994

COTE D’IVOIRE

298

 

MAURITANIA

14

 

TUNISIA

114

DJIBOUTI

24

 

MAURITIUS

25

 

UGANDA

195

EGYPT

1,551

 

MOROCCO

3,083

 

ZAMBIA

109

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

8

 

MOZAMBIQUE

5

 

ZIMBABWE

133

 

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN

45

 

IRAQ

71

 

NEPAL

2,320

BAHRAIN

7

 

ISRAEL

145

 

OMAN

6

BANGLADESH

4,935

 

JAPAN

890

 

QATAR

1

BHUTAN

4

 

JORDAN

75

 

SAUDI ARABIA

38

BRUNEI

1

 

NORTH KOREA

4

 

SINGAPORE

80

BURMA

461

 

KUWAIT

30

 

SRI LANKA

889

CAMBODIA

260

 

LAOS

6

 

SYRIA

62

HONG KONG SPECIAL
ADMIN. REGION

   

LEBANON

62

 

THAILAND

297

190

 

MALAYSIA

167

 

TAIWAN

1,618

INDONESIA

608

 

MALDIVES

0

 

UNITED ARAB
EMIRATES

 
           

29

IRAN

768

 

MONGOLIA

56

 

YEMEN

44


EUROPE

ALBANIA

1,898

 

GERMANY

850

 

NORTHERN

 
           

IRELAND

43

ANDORRA

0

 

GREECE

41

 

NORWAY

16

ARMENIA

630

 

HUNGARY

170

 

POLAND

3,855

AUSTRIA

64

 

ICELAND

7

 

PORTUGAL

13

AZERBAIJAN

281

 

IRELAND

288

 

Macau

21

BELARUS

836

 

ITALY

168

 

ROMANIA

1,636

BELGIUM

42

 

KAZAKHSTAN

454

 

RUSSIA

2,695

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

93

 

KYRGYZSTAN

199

 

SAN MARINO

0

BULGARIA

2,843

 

LATVIA

172

 

SLOVAKIA

318

CROATIA

70

 

LIECHTENSTEIN

0

 

SLOVENIA

3

CYPRUS

18

 

LITHUANIA

2,245

 

SPAIN

77

CZECH REPUBLIC

230

 

LUXEMBOURG

3

 

SWEDEN

88

DENMARK

35

 

MACEDONIA, FORMER

YUGOSLAV REP. OF

   

SWITZERLAND

163

ESTONIA

61

 

145

 

TAJIKISTAN

86

FINLAND

26

 

MALTA

3

 

TURKEY

1,629

FRANCE

308

 

MOLDOVA

418

 

TURKMENISTAN

79

Guadeloupe

4

 

MONACO

0

 

UKRAINE

4,035

Martinique

2

 

NETHERLANDS

90

 

UZBEKISTAN

1,192

GEORGIA

332

 

Netherlands Antilles

5

 

VATICAN CITY

0

     

Aruba

1

 

YUGOSLAVIA

245


NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE

13

           

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA

414

 

NAURU

0

 

SAMOA

2

FIJI

524

 

NEW ZEALAND

210

 

SOLOMON ISLANDS

0

KIRIBATI

0

 

Cook Islands

0

 

TONGA

38

|MARSHALL ISLANDS

0

 

PALAU

5

 

TUVALU

0

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED
STATES OF

   

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

   

VANUATU

0

0

 

7

     

 SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

1

 

DOMINICA

9

 

PERU

1,063

ARGENTINA

343

 

ECUADOR

411

 

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

0

BARBADOS

3

 

GRENADA

0

 

SAINT LUCIA

3

BELIZE

5

 

GUATEMALA

14

     

BOLIVIA

65

 

GUYANA

27

 

SAINT VINCENT AND
THE GRENADINES

 

BRAZIL

452

 

HONDURAS

16

 

0

CHILE

27

 

NICARAGUA

24

 

SURINAME

8

COSTA RICA

25

 

PANAMA

18

 

TRINIDAD AND

 

CUBA

529

 

PARAGUAY

3

 

TOBAGO

69

           

URUGUAY

32

           

VENEZUELA

260

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2003: 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. 


Released on June 18, 2002

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