DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY 2015 (DV-2015) RESULTS

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  3,076ETHIOPIA  4,988NIGER  334
ANGOLA  173GABON  81RWANDA  690
BENIN  1,758GAMBIA, THE  110SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE  0
BOTSWANA  12GHANA  3,381SENEGAL  620
BURKINA FASO  390GUINEA  2,314SEYCHELLES  9
BURUNDI  188GUINEA-BISSAU  7SIERRA LEONE  2,182
CABO VERDE  20KENYA  3,534SOMALIA  275
CAMEROON  5,000LESOTHO  3SOUTH AFRICA  924
CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.  33LIBERIA  5,000SOUTH SUDAN  21
CHAD  99LIBYA  263SUDAN  3,484
COMOROS  6MADAGASCAR  62SWAZILAND  5
CONGO  243MALAWI  27TANZANIA  231
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE  4,943MALI  123TOGO  1,824
COTE D’IVOIRE  1,487MAURITANIA  29TUNISIA  221
DJIBOUTI  77MAURITIUS  55UGANDA  642
EGYPT  4,988MOROCCO  2,844ZAMBIA  116
EQUATORIAL GUINEA  14MOZAMBIQUE  11ZIMBABWE  249
ERITREA  815NAMIBIA  19
ASIA
AFGHANISTAN  305JAPAN  636QATAR  51
BAHRAIN  12JORDAN  374SAUDI ARABIA  517
BHUTAN  45NORTH KOREA  0SINGAPORE  47
BRUNEI  0KUWAIT  241SRI LANKA  1,303
BURMA  453LAOS  1SYRIA  598
CAMBODIA  2,079LEBANON  408TAIWAN  498
HONG KONG SPECIAL
ADMIN. REGION  160
MALAYSIA  129THAILAND  81
INDONESIA  288MALDIVES  2TIMOR-LESTE  0
IRAN  4,992MONGOLIA  186UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  195
IRAQ  289NEPAL  4,991YEMEN  875
ISRAEL  231OMAN  15
EUROPE
ALBANIA  2,946GREECE  147NORTHERN IRELAND  41
ANDORRA  2HUNGARY  329NORWAY  49
ARMENIA  2,049ICELAND  42POLAND  961
AUSTRIA  134IRELAND  157PORTUGAL  82
AZERBAIJAN  454ITALY  779  Macau  29
BELARUS  1,466KAZAKHSTAN  772ROMANIA  1,068
BELGIUM  107KOSOVO  227RUSSIA  4,103
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA  171KYRGYZSTAN  403SAN MARINO  0
BULGARIA  1,418LATVIA  92SERBIA  399
CROATIA  87LIECHTENSTEIN  3SLOVAKIA  110
CYPRUS  32LITHUANIA  287SLOVENIA  11
CZECH REPUBLIC  125LUXEMBOURG  0SPAIN  393
DENMARK  65MACEDONIA  436SWEDEN  217
ESTONIA  71MALTA  16SWITZERLAND  194
FINLAND  88MOLDOVA  2,809TAJIKISTAN  528
FRANCE  816MONACO  1TURKEY  3,688
  French Polynesia  11MONTENEGRO  16TURKMENISTAN  191
  Saint Martin  1NETHERLANDS  151UKRAINE  4,679
  St. Pierre & Miquelon  2  Aruba  5UZBEKISTAN  4,368
GEORGIA  804  Curacao  13VATICAN CITY  0
GERMANY  1,354  Sint Maarten  1
NORTH AMERICA
BAHAMAS, THE  14
OCEANIA
AUSTRALIA  1,798MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF  6SAMOA  32
  Christmas Island  1NAURU  19SOLOMON ISLANDS  3
  Cocos Islands  1NEW ZEALAND  589TONGA  123
  Norfolk Island  12  Cook Islands  14TUVALU  1
FIJI  857  Niue  3VANUATU  7
KIRIBATI  6PALAU  6
MARSHALL ISLANDS  1PAPUA NEW GUINEA  20
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA  6DOMINICA  5SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS  7
ARGENTINA  109GRENADA  8SAINT LUCIA  18
BARBADOS  15GUATEMALA  86SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES  7
BELIZE  3GUYANA  53SURINAME  11
BOLIVIA  69HONDURAS  165TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  193
CHILE  37NICARAGUA  54URUGUAY  20
COSTA RICA  72PANAMA  19VENEZUELA  1,556
CUBA  1,480PARAGUAY  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.