U.S. announces Green Card Lottery DV-2018 Visa Program officially
USA: The Department of State administers, United States of America has officially announced the Diversity VISA program for year 2018 (DV-2018). This Diversity Visa (DV) program is also known as “Green Card Lottery”.
The Department of State administers the Congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program annually. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. Now, The United States of America is offering 50,000 diversity Visas (DVs) for Fiscal Year 2018. There is no cost to register for the DV program.
Read More: List of Eligible Countries
Applicants who are selected in the program (“selectees”) must meet simple but strict eligibility requirements to qualify for a diversity visa. The Department of State determine selectees through a randomized computer drawing. The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.
For DV-2018, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, 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.
Changes in eligibility this year: Ecuador is eligible for DV-2018.
DV-2018 Program: Online Registration
Online registration for the DV-2018 Program began on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will concludes on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4).
Last Date to Apply Online is 07-NOV-2016. Complete the documents and apply today. It is a good opportunity for the people who want an immigrant visa to USA.