The U.S. State Department has published its announcement of the 2010 Diversity Visa Lottery. The Diversity Visa lottery (DV) is a program mandated under Section 203 (c) of the Immigration Act of 1990. The legislation makes available up to 55,000 permanent resident immigrant visas by random selection through an annual diversity visa lottery.
The registration period will last for approximately sixty days, beginning at noon Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4) on Thursday, October 2, 2008 and ending at noon Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) on Monday, December 1, 2008. As has been the case for the last five years, the Diversity Visa Lottery Program will be conducted entirely on-line via the internet, through the officially designated website: http://www.dvlottery.state.gov
Individuals born in “High admission" countries, defined as those from which the United States has received more than 50,000 immigrants during the last five years in the immediate relative, family and employment preference categories, are not eligible to apply. The list of high admission countries that are NOT included in the diversity visa lottery are: Brazil, Canada, China (mainland born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, the United Kingdom and dependent territories, and Vietnam.
Although China and the United Kingdom are listed as ineligible countries, persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Taiwan, and Northern Ireland are eligible to apply.
Coming off the ineligible list of countries this year is Russia. Two new additions to the list of ineligible countries are Ecuador and Guatemala.
For the first time, in DV-2010, those who submit entries will be able to check the status of their entries on line and determine whether or not their entries are selected. Successful entrants will receive notification by paper mail.
To review the announcement, go to: http://travel.state.gov/visa/
To view the official instructions (16-page pdf file) go to:
Please note that applicants cannot file an electronic application for the Diversity Visa Lottery any earlier than October 2.