DV Lottery starts October 4
September 20, 2011
The U.S. Department of State is launching its annual Diversity Immigrant (DV-2013) Visa Lottery in two weeks. Nationals of certain countries with historically low numbers of immigrants to the U.S. are eligible to enter. DV lottery winners may be eligible to process for lawful permanent residence. If your employees are interested in obtaining more information regarding this program, they can visit the Department of State's website at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/. Applications for the program will be accepted beginning October 4, 2011 and ending November 5, 2011 but the DOS encourages applicants to apply early.
Foreign nationals born in the following countries are not generally eligible for the DV Lottery, with very limited exceptions:
BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM.
Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.