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DV 2015 - Selected Entrants

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2015 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 125,514 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-2015 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 until September 30, 2015).

Applicants registered for the DV-2015 program were selected at random from 9,388,986 qualified entries (14,397,781 with derivatives) received during the 30-day application period that ran from noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, until noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, November 2, 2013.  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 2015 will end.  Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2015 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2015 registration.  Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2015 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2015.

Dates for the DV-2016 program registration period will be widely publicized in the coming months.  Those interested in entering the DV-2016 program should check the Department of State’s Visa web page in the coming months. 

*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-2015 program:

 

AFRICA

ALGERIA

3,076

ETHIOPIA

4,988

NIGER

334

ANGOLA

173

GABON

81

RWANDA

690

BENIN

1,758

GAMBIA, THE

110

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

0

BOTSWANA

12

GHANA

3,381

SENEGAL

620

BURKINA FASO

390

GUINEA

2,314

SEYCHELLES

9

BURUNDI

188

GUINEA-BISSAU

7

SIERRA LEONE

2,182

CABO VERDE

20

KENYA

3,534

SOMALIA

275

CAMEROON

5,000

LESOTHO

3

SOUTH AFRICA

924

CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.

33

LIBERIA

5,000

SOUTH SUDAN

21

CHAD

99

LIBYA

263

SUDAN

3,484

COMOROS

6

MADAGASCAR

62

SWAZILAND

5

CONGO

243

MALAWI

27

TANZANIA

231

CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE

4,943

MALI

123

TOGO

1,824

COTE D’IVOIRE

1,487

MAURITANIA

29

TUNISIA

221

DJIBOUTI

77

MAURITIUS

55

UGANDA

642

EGYPT

4,988

MOROCCO

2,844

ZAMBIA

116

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

14

MOZAMBIQUE

11

ZIMBABWE

249

ERITREA

815

NAMIBIA

19

 

 

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN

305

JAPAN

636

QATAR

51

BAHRAIN

12

JORDAN

374

SAUDI ARABIA

517

BHUTAN

45

NORTH KOREA

0

SINGAPORE

47

BRUNEI

0

KUWAIT

241

SRI LANKA

1,303

BURMA

453

LAOS

1

SYRIA

598

CAMBODIA

2,079

LEBANON

408

TAIWAN

498

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMIN. REGION

160

MALAYSIA

129

THAILAND

81

INDONESIA

288

MALDIVES

2

TIMOR-LESTE

0

IRAN

4,992

MONGOLIA

186

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

195

IRAQ

289

NEPAL

4,991

YEMEN

875

ISRAEL

231

OMAN

15

 

 

EUROPE

ALBANIA

2,946

GREECE

147

NORTHERN IRELAND

41

ANDORRA

2

HUNGARY

329

NORWAY

49

ARMENIA

2,049

ICELAND

42

POLAND

961

AUSTRIA

134

IRELAND

157

PORTUGAL

82

AZERBAIJAN

454

ITALY

779

 - Macau

29

BELARUS

1,466

KAZAKHSTAN

772

ROMANIA

1,068

BELGIUM

107

KOSOVO

227

RUSSIA

4,103

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

171

KYRGYZSTAN

403

SAN MARINO

0

BULGARIA

1,418

LATVIA

92

SERBIA

399

CROATIA

87

LIECHTENSTEIN

3

SLOVAKIA

110

CYPRUS

32

LITHUANIA

287

SLOVENIA

11

CZECH REPUBLIC

125

LUXEMBOURG

0

SPAIN

393

DENMARK

65

MACEDONIA

436

SWEDEN

217

ESTONIA

71

MALTA

16

SWITZERLAND

194

FINLAND

88

MOLDOVA

2,809

TAJIKISTAN

528

FRANCE

816

MONACO

1

TURKEY

3,688

 - French Polynesia

11

MONTENEGRO

16

TURKMENISTAN

191

 - Saint Martin

1

NETHERLANDS

151

UKRAINE

4,679

 - St. Pierre & Miquelon 2  - Aruba 5 UZBEKISTAN 4,368

GEORGIA

804

 - Curacao

13

VATICAN CITY

0

GERMANY

1,354

 - Sint Maarten

1

 

 

NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE

14

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA

1,798

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATUS OF

6

SAMOA

32

 - Christmas Island

1

NAURU

19

SOLOMON ISLANDS

3

 - Cocos Islands

1

NEW ZEALAND

589

TONGA

123

 - Norfolk Island

12

 -  Cook Islands

14

TUVALU

1

FIJI

857

 - Nine

3

VANUATU

7

KIRIBATI

6

PALAU

6

 

 

MARSHALL ISLANDS

1

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

20

 

 

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

6

DOMINICA

5

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

7

ARGENTINA

109

GRENADA

8

SAINT LUCIA

18

BARBADOS

15

GUATEMALA

86

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

7

BELIZE

3

GUYANA

53

SURINAME

11

BOLIVIA

69

HONDURAS

165

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

193

CHILE

37

NICARAGUA

54

URUGUAY

20

COSTA RICA

72

PANAMA

19

VENEZUELA

1,556

CUBA

1,480

PARAGUAY

6

 

 

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2015: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R., Macau S.A.R., and Taiwan), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.