DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY 2020 (DV-2020) RESULTS

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2020 diversity lottery.  The diversity lottery was conducted under the terms of section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and makes available up to 55,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.  Approximately 83,884 applicants have been registered and notified and may now make an application for an immigrant visa. Since it is likely that some of the persons registered will not pursue their cases to visa issuance, this larger figure should insure that all   DV-2020 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2020 (October 1, 2019 until September 30, 2020).

The following is the statistical breakdown by foreign state of chargeability of those registered for the DV-2020 program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA  2,745ESWATINI  0NAMIBIA  6
ANGOLA  150ETHIOPIA  1,974NIGER  31
BENIN  443GABON  34RWANDA  603
BOTSWANA  2GAMBIA, THE  25SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE  0
BURKINA FASO  84GHANA  1,343SENEGAL  91
BURUNDI  228GUINEA  271SEYCHELLES  1
CABO VERDE  10GUINEA-BISSAU  2SIERRA LEONE  217
CAMEROON  1,589KENYA  1,801SOMALIA  72
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC  5LESOTHO  0SOUTH AFRICA  162
CHAD  93LIBERIA  1,142SOUTH SUDAN  23
COMOROS  1LIBYA  102SUDAN  3,691
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE  4,743MADAGASCAR  9TANZANIA  72
CONGO, REPUBLIC OF THE  258MALAWI  4TOGO  600
COTE D’IVOIRE  364MALI  30TUNISIA  82
DJIBOUTI  59MAURITANIA  25UGANDA  374
EGYPT  5,568MAURITIUS 4ZAMBIA  12
EQUATORIAL GUINEA  5MOROCCO  2,202ZIMBABWE  61
ERITREA  140MOZAMBIQUE  9
ASIA
AFGHANISTAN  981JAPAN  333QATAR  72
BAHRAIN  10JORDAN  633SAUDI ARABIA  699
BHUTAN  27KOREA, NORTH 11SINGAPORE  15
BRUNEI  1KUWAIT  165SRI LANKA  765
BURMA  444LAOS  64SYRIA  265
CAMBODIA  790LEBANON  135TAIWAN  476
HONG KONG S.A.R.  92MALAYSIA  68THAILAND  127
INDONESIA  194MALDIVES  2TIMOR-LESTE  0
IRAN  4,101MONGOLIA  265UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  206
IRAQ  615NEPAL  3,696YEMEN  550
ISRAEL  128OMAN  11
EUROPE
ALBANIA  3,603GREECE  48NORTHERN IRELAND  13
ANDORRA  8HUNGARY  84NORWAY  12
ARMENIA  1,422ICELAND  0POLAND  384
AUSTRIA  38IRELAND  19PORTUGAL  12
AZERBAIJAN  899ITALY  220 Macau  5
BELARUS  1,512KAZAKHSTAN  1,584ROMANIA  311
BELGIUM  32KOSOVO  260RUSSIA  5,118
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA  40KYRGYZSTAN  1,223SERBIA  210
BULGARIA  343LATVIA  68SLOVAKIA  30
CROATIA  40LIECHTENSTEIN  0SLOVENIA  4
CYPRUS  5LITHUANIA  151SPAIN  99
CZECH REPUBLIC  31LUXEMBOURG  0SWEDEN  36
DENMARK  17MACEDONIA  249SWITZERLAND 49
ESTONIA  30MALTA  6TAJIKISTAN  1,401
FINLAND  15MOLDOOVA  1,112TURKEY  2,709
FRANCE  212MONACO  3TURKMENISTAN  515
 New Caledonia  3MONTENEGRO  35UKRAINE  3,313
GEORGIA  1,131NETHERLANDS  56UZBEKISTAN  1,743
GERMANY  328 Aruba  3VATICAN CITY  0
NORTH AMERICA
BAHAMAS, THE  20
OCEANIA
AUSTRALIA  647MICRONESIA, FEDERATED
STATES OF  0
SAMOA  4
 Christmas Island  2NAURU  6SOLOMON ISLANDS 4
 Cocos Keeling Islands  9NEW ZEALAND  181TONGA  42
 Norfolk Island  1 Cook Islands  15TUVALU  0
FIJI  435 Tokelau  1VANUATU  7
KIRIBATI  12PAPUA NEW GUINEA  11
MARSHALL ISLANDS  0PALAU  1
SOUTH AMERICA
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA  1DOMINICA  0PARAGUAY  9
ARGENTINA  30ECUADOR  134SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS  0
BARBADOS  1GRENADA  0SAINT LUCIA  0
BELIZE  2GUATEMALA  60SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES  0
BOLIVIA  22GUYANA  3SURINAME  0
CHILE  21HONDURAS  58TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  19
COSTA RICA  12NICARAGUA  23URUGUAY  15
CUBA  2,703PANAMA  8VENEZUELA 1,068

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2020: 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.

Applicants registered for the DV-2020 program were selected at random from 14,722,798 qualified entries (23,182,554 with derivatives) received during the 34-day application period that ran from noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, until noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, November 6, 2018.  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 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for information on the requirements and procedures.  Once the total available visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 2020 will end.  Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2020 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2020 registration.  Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2020 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2020.

Dates for the DV-2021 program registration period will be widely publicized in the coming months.  Those interested in entering the DV-2021 program should check the Department of State’s Visa web page in the coming months.

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