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Githae transferred from Washington DC to Vienna, Austria

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday transferred Kenya’s envoy to Washington DC, Robinson Njeru Githae, to Vienna, Austria, where he will replace embattled former Sports CS, Hassan Wario.

Githae’s post in DC will now be held by Larazus Ombai Amayo, who was in 2018 transferred from London to the UN Mission in New York.

Mr Githae was appointed the ambassador to the United States by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on August 14, 2014, and  presented his credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama on November 18, 2014. It was his first diplomatic posting.

“I have received the communication to that effect from my boss. I have played my part and it is time to go and serve my country elsewhere,” he told Kenya Satellite News Network on Friday evening.

News of his transfer was contained in a statement released by Foreign Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma, which also announced several other changes in diplomatic postings around the world.

In changes affecting several women and elevating career diplomats, the President nominated Michael Mubea, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption, as ambassador to Dublin in Ireland.

Mr Mubea will replace Richard Opembe who will move to the Kenyan mission in Madrid, Spain, which had been headed by Severine Luyali.

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Dr Wario, once a Sports Cabinet secretary, is fighting to clear his name in Kenyan courts as he was charged with offences related to misappropriation of funds for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The changes reflect a proposal that Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma filed in March, to improve implementation of foreign policies.

But they could also represent the desire to change Kenya’s image as most of the replacements have occurred in embassies where Kenyans in the diaspora had consistently complained of poor service.

Long-time philanthropist Mwende Mwinzi will head to Seoul, South Korea. Ms Mwinzi, famed for her Twana Twitu children’s orphanage, lost the race for the Mwingi West parliamentary seat in the 2017 general election.

The President replaced Dr Joseph Sang in Stockholm, Sweden, with Diana Kiambuthi and appointed Ms Jackline Yonga as head of the mission in Rome, Italy.

Harriet Nduma had been serving there in acting capacity.

NEW MISSIONS

The President signalled opening of a diplomatic mission in the Swiss political capital of Bern by nominated Andrew Kihurani.

The decision to open the mission in Bern follows a promise he made when Swiss President Alain Berset visited last July.

Kenya’s former ambassador to Sweden, Purity Muhindi, who had been serving as Director for Africa will head to Dakar in Senegal, one of the new diplomatic missions opened this year.

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Dr Juma, who announced the changes in a statement on Friday, congratulated the appointees.

Unlike those transferred, new entrants in diplomatic service as ambassadors will have to be vetted by the National Assembly before they can report.

Also, as is tradition, new entrants will have to be trained on diplomatic courtesies, a process that often takes at least 60 days.

Njambi Kinyungu will head the Kenyan mission to the UN-Habitat in Nairobi, a position last held by Prof Sam Ongeri, who is now Kisii senator.

OTHERS NAMED

The others appointed are:

  1. Kariuki Mugwe – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  2. Peter Katana Angore – Algiers, Algeria, to replace John Lanyasunya
  3. Barine Eliphas Mugendi – Accra, Ghana
  4. Lamarron ole Kaanto – Berlin, Germany
  5. Purity Muhindi – Dakar, Senegal
  6. John Mwangemi – Djibouti
  7. Mwendwa Musembi – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  8. Njeri Njiiri Karago – Los Angeles, California, US
  9. Flora Karugu – Lusaka, Zambia, to replace Sophy Kombe

The statement from Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma.

 

PROMOTIONS

Ms Juma also announced that the President had approved the promotion and appointment of 15 serving officers to the position of ambassador in the ministry.

They include George Orina Morara (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Joshua Mugodo (Brussels, Belgium), Kennedy Mokaya Gekonde (Kampala, Uganda), Washington Oloo (Doha, Qatar), Lucy Njeri Kiruthu (Geneva, Switzerland), Hellen Adhiambo Gichuhi (Paris, France, Unesco), Stella Mokaya Orina (Vienna), David Kahiro Gacheru (Washington, DC) and Esther Mungai (Berlin).

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The other, who are based at the headquarters, are Michael Kiboino, Salim Salim, John Tipis, Arthur Andambi Amaya, Catherine Bonareri Mogaka and Mohamed Guyo.

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EXPLAINED: Everything you need to know about applying for 2021 US Diversity Visa [VIDEO]

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Once again, up to 55,000 foreign nationals and their families from around the world will have a chance to legally immigrate to the United States and achieve the American Dream with a Green Card in hand in 2021, thanks to one of the Diversity Visa lottery Program. Although President Donald Trump is against it, that will not happen unless the law is changed…and the US is a land strictly governed by the rule of law.

The U.S. State Department, which administers the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, better known as the visa lottery, announced Thursday that it will go ahead with the lottery for 55,000 diversity visas available for Fiscal Year 2021.

In case you missed it The US government announced Thursday that the registration period for DV-2021 will begin on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 12pm EDT and end on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 at 12pm EST.

The winners will be drawn from random selection and there is no cost to register.

There is a limited period of time during which you can register for the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program during each fiscal year. Each year, the Department of State publishes detailed instructions for entering the DV Program. These instructions include the dates of the registration period during which you will be able to enter.

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All entries must be submitted electronically on the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the specified registration period. No late entries or paper entries are accepted. The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. If you submit more than one entry you will be disqualified.

Some changes have been made since the last such Lottery Program. Here is all you need to know:

Detailed guidance for completing the online entry form is included in the DV Instructions.

Please view our video for an introduction to the Diversity Visa program, and step-by-step guidance to help you submit an entry. (Note: minor changes have been made to the DV-2020 entry form, but the instructions provided in the video are still valid.)

After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number. Print this confirmation screen for your records. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation number. It is the only way you can check the status of your entry, and you will need it to obtain further instructions or schedule an interview for a visa if you are selected.

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There is no cost to register for the DV Program. You are strongly encouraged to complete the entry form yourself, without a “Visa Consultant,” “Visa Agent,” or other facilitator who offers to help. If somebody else helps you, you should be present when your entry is prepared so that you can provide the correct answers to the questions and retain the confirmation page and your unique confirmation number.

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US Government announces date for Diversity Visa DV 2021 registration commencement

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The US State Department has announced that the registration period for the 2021 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2021), popularly known as the Green Card Lottery, will begin on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 12pm EDT and end on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 at 12pm EST

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2021 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT

VISA PROGRAM (DV-2021)

Applicants must submit entries for the DV-2021 program electronically at dvlottery.state.gov between
noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 2, 2019, and noon, Eastern
Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Do not wait until the last week of the
registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper
entries will be accepted. The law allows only one entry per person during each registration period. The
Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more
than one entry will be disqualified.

Completing your Electronic Entry for the DV-2021 Program
Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501), online at
dvlottery.state.gov. We will not accept incomplete entries. There is no cost to submit an entry form.
Please use an updated browser when submitting your application; older browsers (Internet Explorer 8,
for example) will likely encounter problems with the online DV system.

We strongly encourage you to complete the entry form yourself, without a “visa consultant,” “visa
agent,” or other facilitator who offers to help. If someone helps you, you should be present when your
entry is prepared so you can provide the correct answers to the questions and retain the confirmation
page and your unique confirmation number. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation
page and unique confirmation number.

Without this information, you will not be able to access the
online system that informs you of your entry status. Be wary if someone offers to keep this information
for you. You also should retain access to the email account listed in your E-DV entry. See the
Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Diversity Visa program scams. You may also
wish to view our video for an introduction to the Diversity Visa program and step-by-step guide to help
you submit an entry.

 

 

Program Overview
The Department of State annually administers the statutorily-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa
Program. 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. For Fiscal Year 2021, 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. There is no
cost to register for the DV program.
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 determines 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-2021, 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, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, 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.
Eligibility

Requirement #1: Individuals born in countries whose natives qualify may be eligible to enter.
If you were not born in an eligible country, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify.
 Was your spouse born in a country whose natives are eligible? If yes, you can claim your
spouse’s country of birth – provided that both you and your spouse are named on the selected
entry, are found eligible and issued diversity visas, and enter the United States simultaneously.
 Were you born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but in which neither of your parents
was born or legally resident at the time of your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth
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of one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2021 program. For
more details on what this means, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
Requirement #2: Each DV applicant must meet the education/work experience requirement of the DV
program by having either:
 at least a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year
course of formal elementary and secondary education;
OR
 two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two
years of training or experience to perform. The Department of State will use the U.S. Department
of Labor’s O*Net Online database to determine qualifying work experience.
For more information about qualifying work experience, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
Do not submit an entry to the DV program unless you meet both of these requirements.
Entry period

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After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen containing your name and a
unique confirmation number. Print this confirmation screen for your records. Starting May 5, 2020, you
will be able to check the status of your entry by returning to dvlottery.state.gov, clicking on Entrant
Status Check, and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information. You must use
Entrant Status Check to check if you have been selected for DV-2021 and if selected, to check your
immigrant visa interview appointment date. The U.S. government will not inform you directly. Entrant
Status Check is the sole source for instructions on how to proceed with your application. Please review
the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the selection process.
You must provide all of the following information to complete your entry. Failure to accurately include
all the required information will result in mandatory disqualification of your entry.
1. Name – last/family name, first name, middle name – exactly as it appears on your passport. If you
have only one name, it must be entered in the last/family name field.
2. Gender – male or female.
3. Birth date – day, month, year.
4. City where you were born.
5. Country where you were born – Use the name of the country currently used for the place where
you were born.
6. Country of eligibility for the DV program – Your country of eligibility will normally be the same
as your country of birth. Your country of eligibility is not related to where you live or your
nationality, if it is different from your country of birth. If you were born in a country that is not
eligible, please review the Frequently Asked Questions to see if there is another way you may be
eligible.
7. NEW FOR DV-2021: The passport number, country of issuance, and expiration date for the
principal entrant’s valid, unexpired international travel passport. This requirement applies to the
principal entrant only, not to dependents. You must enter valid international travel passport
information unless you are stateless, a national of a Communist-controlled country and unable to
obtain a passport from the government of the Communist-controlled country, or the beneficiary of
an individual waiver approved by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State.
8. Entrant photograph(s) – Recent photographs (taken within the last six months) of yourself, your
spouse, and all your children. See Submitting a Digital Photograph for compositional and
technical specifications. You do not need to include a photograph for a spouse or child who is
already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident, but you will not be penalized if you do.
DV entry photographs must meet the same standards as U.S. visa photos. Your entry will be
disqualified or your visa application refused if the entry photographs for you and your family
members do not fully meet these specifications or have been manipulated in any way. Submitting
the same photograph that was submitted with a prior year’s entry will result in disqualification.
See Submitting a Digital Photograph (below) for more information.
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9. Mailing Address – In Care Of
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
City/Town
District/Country/Province/State
Postal Code/Zip Code
Country
9. Country where you live today.
10. Phone number (optional).
11. Email address – An email address to which you have direct access, and will continue to have direct
access, after we notify selectees in May of next year. If your entry is selected and you respond to
the notification of your selection through the Entrant Status Check, you will receive follow-up
email communication from the Department of State notifying you that details of your immigrant
visa interview are available on Entrant Status Check. The Department of State will never send you
an email telling you that you have been selected for the DV program. See the Frequently Asked
Questions for more information about the selection process.
12. Highest level of education you have achieved, as of today: (1) Primary school only, (2) Some high
school, no diploma, (3) High school diploma, (4) Vocational school, (5) Some university courses,
(6) University degree, (7) Some graduate-level courses, (8) Master’s degree, (9) Some doctorallevel courses, and (10) Doctorate. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about
educational requirements.
13. Current marital status: (1) Unmarried, (2) married and my spouse is NOT a U.S. citizen or U.S.
Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), (3) married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. LPR, (4)
divorced, (5) widowed, or (6) legally separated. Enter the name, date of birth, gender, city/town of
birth, and country of birth of your spouse, and a photograph of your spouse meeting the same
technical specifications as your photo.
Failure to list your eligible spouse or, listing someone who is not your spouse, will result in your
disqualification as the Diversity Visa principal applicant and refusal of all visa applications in your
case at the time of the visa interview. You must list your spouse even if you currently are
separated from him/her, unless you are legally separated. Legal separation is an arrangement when
a couple remain married but live apart, following a court order. If you and your spouse are legally
separated, your spouse will not be able to immigrate with you through the Diversity Visa program.
You will not be penalized if you choose to enter the name of a spouse from whom you are legally
separated. If you are not legally separated by a court order, you must include your spouse even if
you plan to be divorced before you apply for the Diversity Visa. Failure to list your eligible
spouse is grounds for disqualification.
If your spouse is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, do not list him/her in your entry. A
spouse who is already a U.S. citizen or LPR will not require or be issued a visa. Therefore, if you
select “married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. LPR” on your entry, you will not be
prompted to include further information on your spouse. See the Frequently Asked Questions for
more information about family members.
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14. Number of children – List the name, date of birth, gender, city/town of birth, and country of birth
for all living unmarried children under 21 years of age, regardless of whether they are living with
you or intend to accompany or follow to join you, should you immigrate to the United States.
Submit individual photographs of each of your children using the same technical specifications as
your own photograph.
Be sure to include:
 all living natural children;
 all living children legally adopted by you; and,
 all living step-children who are unmarried and under the age of 21 on the date of your
electronic entry, even if you are no longer legally married to the child’s parent, and even if
the child does not currently reside with you and/or will not immigrate with you.
Married children and children who are already aged 21 or older when you submit your entry are
not eligible for the DV program. However, the Child Status Protection Act protects children from
“aging out” in certain circumstances. If you submit your DV entry before your unmarried child
turns 21, and the child turns 21 before visa issuance, it is possible that he or she may be treated as
though he or she were under 21 for visa processing purposes.
A child who is already a U.S. citizen or LPR when you submit your DV entry will not require or
be issued a Diversity Visa; you will not be penalized for either including or omitting such family
members from your entry.
Failure to list all children who are eligible or, listing someone who is not your child, will result in
disqualification of the principal applicant and refusal of all visa applications in the case at the time
of the visa interview. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about family
members.
See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about completing your Electronic Entry for
the DV-2021 Program.
Selection of Applicants
Based on the allocations of available visas in each region and country, the Department of State will
randomly select individuals by computer from among qualified entries. All DV-2021 entrants must go
to the Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved from their DV-2021 online
entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program. Entrant Status
Check will be available on the E-DV website at dvlottery.state.gov beginning May 5, 2020, through
September 30, 2021.
If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page providing further instructions,
including information about fees connected with immigration to the United States. Entrant Status Check
will be the ONLY means by which the Department of State notifies selectees of their selection for DV2021. The Department of State will not mail notification letters or notify selectees by email. U.S.
embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees. Individuals who have not been selected
also ONLY will be notified through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website. You are strongly
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encouraged to access Entrant Status Check yourself. Do not rely on someone else to check and inform
you.
In order to immigrate, DV selectees must be admissible to the United States. The DS-260, Online
Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application, electronically, and the consular officer, in person,
will ask you questions about your eligibility to immigrate under U.S. law. These questions include
criminal and security related topics.
All selectees, including family members, must be issued visas by September 30, 2021. Under no
circumstances can the Department of State issue DVs nor can USCIS approve adjustments after this
date, nor can family members obtain DVs to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the United States
after this date.
See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the selection process.
Submitting a Digital Photograph (Image)
You can take a new digital photograph or scan a recent (taken within the last six months) photograph
with a digital scanner, as long as it meets all of the standards below. DV entry photos must be of the
same quality and composition as U.S. visa photos. You can see examples of acceptable photos here. Do
not submit a photograph older than six months or a photograph that does not meet all of the standards
described below. Submitting the same photograph that you submitted with a prior year’s entry, a
photograph that has been manipulated, or a photograph that does not meet the specifications below will
result in disqualification.
Your photos or digital images must be:
 In color
 In focus
 Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50 percent
and 69 percent of the image’s total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
 Taken within the last six months to reflect your current appearance
 Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
 Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
 With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
 Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis
 Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
 Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a
religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any
shadows on your face
 Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
 Do not wear eyeglasses
 If you normally wear a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo.
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Review the Photo Examples to see examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos. Photos copied or
digitally scanned from driver’s licenses or other official documents are not acceptable. In addition,
snapshots, magazine photos, low quality vending machine or mobile phone photos, and full-length
photographs are not acceptable.
You must upload your digital image as part of your entry. Your digital image must be:
 In JPEG (.jpg) file format
 Equal to or less than 240 kB (kilobytes) in file size
 In a square aspect ratio (height must equal width)
 600×600 pixels in dimension
Do you want to scan an existing photo? In addition to the digital image requirements, your existing
photo must be:
 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm)
 Scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch (12 pixels per millimeter)
Use the Department of State’s free photo tool to:
 select a digital image stored on your computer
 resize and rotate it if necessary
 crop it to a square image of exactly 600 x 600 pixels
Taking photos of your baby or toddler
When taking a photo of your baby or toddler, no other person should be in the photo, and your child
should be looking at the camera with his or her eyes open.
Tip 1: Lay your baby on his or her back on a plain white or off-white sheet. This will ensure your
baby’s head is supported and provide a plain background for the photo. Make certain there are
no shadows on your baby’s face, especially if you take a picture from above with the baby lying
down.
Tip 2: Cover a car seat with a plain white or off-white sheet and take a picture of your child in the car
seat. This will also ensure your baby’s head is supported.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
ELIGIBILITY
1. What do the terms “native” and “chargeability” mean?
Native ordinarily means someone born in a particular country, regardless of the individual’s current country of
residence or nationality. Native can also mean someone who is entitled to be charged to a country other than
the one in which he/she was born under the provisions of Section 202(b) of the Immigration and Nationality
Act.
Because there is a numerical limitation on immigrants who enter from a country or geographic region, each
individual is charged to a country. Your chargeability refers to the country towards which limitation you count.
Your country of eligibility will normally will be the same as your country of birth. However, you may choose
your country of eligibility as the country of birth of your spouse, or the country of birth of either of your
parents if you were born in a country in which neither parent was born, and in which your parents were not
resident at the time of your birth. These are the only three ways to select your country of chargeability.
Listing an incorrect country of eligibility or chargeability (i.e., one to which you cannot establish a valid claim)
will disqualify your entry.
2. Can I still apply if I was not born in a qualifying country?
There are two circumstances in which you still might be eligible to apply. First, if your derivative spouse was
born in an eligible country, you may claim chargeability to that country. As your eligibility is based on your
spouse, you will only be issued an immigrant visa if your spouse is also eligible for and issued an immigrant
visa. Both of you must enter the United States together using your DVs. Similarly, your minor dependent
child can be “charged” to a parent’s country of birth.
Second, you can be “charged” to the country of birth of either of your parents as long as neither of your
parents was born in or a resident of your country of birth at the time of your birth. People are not generally
considered residents of a country in which they were not born or legally naturalized, if they were only visiting,
studying in the country temporarily, or stationed temporarily for business or professional reasons on behalf of
a company or government of a country other than the one in which you were born.
If you claim alternate chargeability through either of the above, you must provide an explanation on the E-DV
Entry Form, in question #6.
Listing an incorrect country of eligibility or chargeability (i.e., one to which you cannot establish a valid claim)
will disqualify your entry.
3. Why do natives of certain countries not qualify for the DV program?
DVs are intended to provide an immigration opportunity for persons who are not from “high admission”
countries. U.S. law defines “high admission countries” as those from which a total of 50,000 persons in the
Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based visa categories immigrated to the United States during the previous
five years. Each year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) counts the family and employment
immigrant admission and adjustment of status numbers for the previous five years to identify the countries
that are considered “high admission” and whose natives will therefore be ineligible for the annual Diversity
Visa program. Since USCIS makes this calculation annually, the list of countries whose natives are eligible or
not eligible may change from one year to the next.
4. How many DV-2021 visas will go to natives of each region and eligible country?
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines the regional DV limits for each year
according to a formula specified in Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The number
of visas the Department of State eventually will issue to natives of each country will depend on the regional
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limits established, how many entrants come from each country, and how many of the selected entrants are
found eligible for the visa. No more than seven percent of the total visas available can go to natives of any
one country.
5. What are the requirements for education or work experience?
U.S. immigration law and regulations require that every DV entrant must have at least a high school education
or its equivalent or have two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires
at least two years of training or experience. A “high school education or equivalent” is defined as successful
completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education in the United States OR the successful
completion in another country of a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to a high
school education in the United States. Only formal courses of study meet this requirement; correspondence
programs or equivalency certificates (such as the General Equivalency Diploma G.E.D.) are not acceptable.
You must present documentary proof of education or work experience to the consular officer at the time of the
visa interview.
If you do not meet the requirements for education or work experience, your entry will be disqualified at the
time of your visa interview, and no visas will be issued to you or any of your family members.
6. What occupations qualify for the DV program?
The Department of State will use the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) O*Net OnLine database to determine
qualifying work experience. The O*Net OnLine database categorizes job experience into five “job zones.”
While the DOL website lists many occupations, not all occupations qualify for the DV program. To qualify for a
DV on the basis of your work experience, you must have, within the past five years, two years of experience
in an occupation classified in a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) range of 7.0 or higher.
If you do not meet the requirements for education or work experience, your entry will be disqualified at the
time of your visa interview, and no visas will be issued to you or any of your family members.
7. How can I find the qualifying DV occupations in the Department of Labor’s O*Net OnLine
database?
When you are in O*Net OnLine, follow these steps to determine if your occupation qualifies:
1. Under “Find Occupations” select “Job Family” from the pull down menu;
2. Browse by “Job Family,” make your selection, and click “GO;”
3. Click on the link for your specific occupation; and
4. Select the tab “Job Zone” to find the designated Job Zone number and Specific Vocational Preparation
(SVP) rating range.
As an example, select Aerospace Engineers. At the bottom of the Summary Report for Aerospace Engineers,
under the Job Zone section, you will find the designated Job Zone 4, SVP Range, 7.0 to < 8.0. Using this
example, Aerospace Engineering is a qualifying occupation.
For additional information, see the Diversity Visa – List of Occupations webpage.
8. Is there a minimum age to apply for the E-DV Program?
There is no minimum age to apply, but the requirement of a high school education or work experience for
each principal applicant at the time of application will effectively disqualify most persons who are under age
18.
COMPLETING YOUR ELECTRONIC ENTRY FOR THE DV PROGRAM
9. When can I submit my entry?

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The DV-2021 entry period will run from 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday,
October 2, 2019, until 12:00 pm (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
Each year, millions of people submit entries. Holding the entry period on these dates ensures selectees
receive notification in a timely manner, and gives both the visa applicants and our embassies and consulates
time to prepare and complete cases for visa issuance.
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We strongly encourage you to enter early during the registration period. Excessive demand at end of the
registration period may slow the system down. We cannot accept entries after noon EST on Tuesday,
November 5, 2019.
10. I am in the United States. Can I enter the DV program?
Yes, an entrant may apply while in the United States or another country. An entrant may submit an entry
from any location.
11. Can I only enter once during the registration period?
Yes, the law allows only one entry per person during each registration period. The Department of State uses
sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one entry will be
disqualified.
12. Why do I need a passport to enter the DV program? Are there any exceptions?
Requiring a valid, unexpired passport adds security to the DV process and helps protect your entry. The rule
does not apply to children or spouses of the principal entrant. The passport must be valid for international
travel. Internal passports, issued by some countries, are not valid for DV entry purposes. The only
exceptions are if you are stateless, a national of a Communist-controlled country and unable to obtain a
passport from the government of the Communist-controlled country, or the beneficiary of an individual waiver
approved by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State, consistent with the passport
waivers for immigrant visa applicants provided for in 22 CFR 42.2(d), (e), and (g)(2).
13. What if my passport expires or I lose it before I apply for a visa?
If your passport number changes for any reason, you will have to provide evidence of why it has changed to
KCC before they will schedule your DV interview. If you entered a false, inaccurate, or invalid passport
number on your DV entry, your case will be disqualified or your DV application refused. We suggest you make
a legible photocopy of the passport you use for the entry and store it in a secure location with your entry
confirmation number (FAQ #27). A photocopy alone is not proof you entered a valid passport number on your
entry, but it can help you explain the situation. The final determination is up to the Consular Officer at the
time of your DV interview.
14. May my spouse and I each submit a separate entry?
Yes, each spouse may each submit one entry if each meets the eligibility requirements. If either spouse is
selected, the other is entitled to apply as a derivative dependent.
15. What family members must I include in my DV entry?
Spouse: If you are legally married, you must list your spouse regardless of whether he/she lives with you or
intends to immigrate to the United States. You must list your spouse even if you currently are separated from
him/her, unless you are legally separated. Legal separation is an arrangement when a couple remain married
but live apart, following a court order. If you and your spouse are legally separated, your spouse will not be
able to immigrate with you through the Diversity Visa program. You will not be penalized if you choose to
enter the name of a spouse from whom you are legally separated. If you are not legally separated by a court
order, you must include your spouse even if you plan to be divorced before you apply for the Diversity Visa.
Failure to list your eligible spouse or, listing someone who is not your spouse, is grounds for disqualification.
If you are not married at the time of entry but plan on getting married in the future, do not list a spouse on
your entry form as this would be grounds for disqualification. If you are divorced or your spouse is deceased,
you do not have to list your former spouse.
The only exception to this requirement is if your spouse is already a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent
Resident. If your spouse is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, do not list him/her in your entry. A
spouse who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident will not require or be issued a DV.
Therefore, if you select “married and my spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. LPR” on your entry, you will not be
able to include further information on your spouse.
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Children: You must list ALL your living children who are unmarried and under 21 years of age at the time of
your initial DV entry, whether they are your natural children, your step-children (even if you are now divorced
from that child’s parent), your spouse’s children, or children you have formally adopted in accordance with the
applicable laws. List all children under 21 years of age at the time of your electronic entry, even if they no
longer reside with you or you do not intend for them to immigrate under the DV program. You are not
required to list children who are already U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, though you will not be
penalized if you do include them.
Parents and siblings of the entrant are ineligible to receive DV visas as dependents, and you should not
include them in your entry.

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If you list family members on your entry, they are not required to apply for a visa or to immigrate or travel
with you. However, if you fail to include an eligible dependent on your original entry or, list someone who is
not your dependent, your case will be disqualified at the time of your visa interview, and no visas will be
issued to you or any of your family members. This only applies to those who were family members at the
time the entry was submitted, not those acquired at a later date. Your spouse, if eligible to enter, may still
submit a separate entry even though he or she is listed on your entry, as long as both entries include details
about all dependents in your family (see FAQ #12 above).
16. Must I submit my own entry, or can someone else do it for me?
We encourage you to prepare and submit your own entry, but you may have someone submit the entry for
you. Regardless of whether you submit your own entry, or an attorney, friend, relative, or someone else
submits it on your behalf, only one entry may be submitted in your name. You, as the entrant, are
responsible for ensuring that information in the entry is correct and complete; entries that are not correct or
complete may be disqualified. Entrants should keep their own confirmation number so that they are able to
independently check the status of their entry using Entrant Status Check at dvlottery.state.gov. Entrants
should retain access to the email account used in the E-DV submission.
17. I’m already registered for an immigrant visa in another category. Can I still apply for the DV
program?
Yes.
18. Can I download and save the E-DV entry form into a word processing program and finish it
later?
No, you will not be able to save the form into another program for completion and submission later. The E-DV
Entry Form is a web-form only. You must fill in the information and submit it while online.
19. Can I save the form online and finish it later?
No. The E-DV Entry Form is designed to be completed and submitted at one time. You will have 60 minutes
starting from when you download the form to complete and submit your entry through the E-DV website. If
you exceed the 60-minute limit and have not submitted your complete entry electronically, the system
discards any information already entered. The system deletes any partial entries so that they are not
accidentally identified as duplicates of a later, complete entry. Read the DV instructions completely before
you start to complete the form online, so that you know exactly what information you will need.
20. I don’t have a scanner. Can I send photographs to someone in the United States to scan them,
save them, and email them back to me so I can use them in my entry?
Yes, as long as the photograph meets the requirements in the instructions and is electronically submitted with,
and at the same time as, the E-DV online entry. You must already have the scanned photograph file when
you submit the entry online; it cannot be submitted separately from the online application. The entire entry
(photograph and application together) can be submitted electronically from the United States or from
overseas.
21. If the E-DV system rejects my entry, can I resubmit my entry?
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Yes, you can resubmit your entry as long as your submission is completed by 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern
Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5) on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. You will not be penalized for submitting a
duplicate entry if the E-DV system rejects your initial entry. Given the unpredictable nature of the Internet,
you may not receive the rejection notice immediately. You can try to submit an application as many times as
is necessary until a complete application is received and the confirmation notice sent. Once you receive a
confirmation notice, your entry is complete, and you should NOT submit any additional entries.
22. How soon after I submit my entry will I receive the electronic confirmation notice?
You should receive the confirmation notice immediately, including a confirmation number that you must record
and keep. However, the unpredictable nature of the Internet can result in delays. You can hit the “Submit”
button as many times as is necessary until a complete application is sent and you receive the confirmation
notice. However, once you receive a confirmation notice, do not resubmit your information.
23. I hit the “Submit” button, but did not receive a confirmation number. If I submit another
entry, will I be disqualified?
If you did not receive a confirmation number, your entry was not recorded. You must submit another entry.
It will not be counted as a duplicate. Once you receive a confirmation number, do not resubmit your
information.
SELECTION
24. How do I know if I am selected?
You must use your confirmation number to access the Entrant Status Check available on the E-DV website at
dvlottery.state.gov starting May 5, 2020, through September 30, 2021. Entrant Status Check is the sole
means by which the Department of State will notify you if you are selected, provide further instructions on
your visa application, and notify you of your immigrant visa interview appointment date and time. In order to
ensure the use of all available visas, the Department of State may use Entrant Status Check to notify
additional selectees after May 5, 2020. Retain your confirmation number until September 30, 2021 in case of
any updates. The only authorized Department of State website for official online entry in the Diversity Visa
Program and Entrant Status Check is dvlottery.state.gov.
The Department of State will NOT contact you to tell you that you have been selected (see FAQ #24).
25. How will I know if I am not selected? Will I be notified?
The Department of State will NOT notify you directly if your entry is not selected. You must use the Entrant
Status Check to learn whether you were selected. You may check the status of your DV-2021 entry through
the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website at starting May 5, 2020, until September 30, 2021. Keep your
confirmation number until at least September 30, 2021. (Status information for the previous year’s DV
program, DV-2020, is available online through September 30, 2020.)
26. What if I lose my confirmation number?
You must have your confirmation number to access Entrant Status Check. A tool is now available in Entrant
Status Check (ESC) on the E-DV website that will allow you to retrieve your confirmation number via the email
address with which you registered by entering certain personal information to confirm your identity.
U.S. embassies and consulates and the Kentucky Consular Center are unable to check your selection status for
you or provide your confirmation number to you directly (other than through the Entrant Status Check
retrieval tool). The Department of State is NOT able to provide a list of those selected to continue the visa
process.
27. Will I receive information from the Department of State by email or by postal mail?
The Department of State will not send you a notification letter. The U.S. government has never sent emails to
notify individuals that they have been selected, and there are no plans to use email for this purpose for the
DV-2021 program. If you are a selectee, you will only receive email communications regarding your visa
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appointment after you have responded to the notification instructions on Entrant Status Check. These emails
will not contain information on the actual appointment date and time; they will simply tell you to go to the
Entrant Status Check website for details. The Department of State may send emails reminding DV lottery
applicants to check the ESC for their status. However, such emails will never indicate whether the lottery
applicant was selected or not.
Only internet sites that end with the “.gov” domain suffix are official U.S. government websites. Many other
websites (e.g., with the suffixes “.com,” “.org,” or “.net”) provide immigration and visa-related information
and services. The Department of State does not endorse, recommend, or sponsor any information or material
on these other websites.
You may receive emails from websites that try to trick you into sending money or providing your personal
information. You may be asked to pay for forms and information about immigration procedures, all of which
are available free on the Department of State website, travel.state.gov, or through U.S. embassy or consulate
websites. Additionally, organizations or websites may try to steal your money by charging fees for DV-related
services. If you send money to one of these non-government organizations or websites, you will likely never
see it again. Also, do not send personal information to these websites, as it may be used for identity
fraud/theft.
These deceptive emails may come from people pretending to be affiliated with the Kentucky Consular Center
or the Department of State. Remember that the U.S. government has never sent emails to notify
individuals they have been selected, and there are no plans to use email for this purpose for the
DV-2021 program. The Department of State will never ask you to send money by mail or by
services such as Western Union.
28. How many individuals will be selected for DV-2021?
For DV-2021, 55,000 Diversity Visas are available. Because it is likely that some of the first 55,000 persons
who are selected will not qualify for visas or not pursue their cases to visa issuance, more than 55,000 entries
will be selected to ensure that all of the available DVs are issued. However, this also means there may not be
a sufficient number of visas for all those selected.
You can check the E-DV website’s Entrant Status Check to see if you have been selected for further processing
and your place on the list. Interviews for the DV-2021 program will begin in October 2020 for selectees who
have submitted all pre-interview paperwork and other information as requested in the notification instructions.
Selectees who provide all required information will be informed of their visa interview appointment through
the E-DV website’s Entrant Status Check four to six weeks before the scheduled interviews with U.S. consular
officers overseas.
Each month, visas will be issued to those applicants who are eligible for issuance during that month, as long
as visas are available. Once all of the 55,000 diversity visas have been issued, the program will end. Visa
numbers could be finished before September 2021. Selected applicants who wish to apply for visas must be
prepared to act promptly on their cases. Being randomly chosen as a selectee does not guarantee that
you will receive a visa. Selection merely means that you are eligible to apply for a Diversity Visa.
If your rank number becomes eligible for final processing, you potentially may be issued a
Diversity Visa. Only 55,000 visas will be issued to such applicants.
29. How will successful entrants be selected?
Official notifications of selection will be made through Entrant Status Check, available May 5, 2020,
through September 30, 2021, on the E-DV website dvlottery.state.gov. The Department of State
does not send selectee notifications or letters by regular postal mail or by email. Any email
notification or mailed letter stating that you have been selected to receive a DV that does not come
from the Department of State is not legitimate. Any email communication you receive from the
Department of State will direct you to review Entrant Status Check for new information about your
application. The Department of State will never ask you to send money by mail or by services such
as Western Union.
All entries received from each region are individually numbered; at the end of the entry period, a computer
will randomly select entries from among all the entries received for each geographic region. Within each
region, the first entry randomly selected will be the first case registered; the second entry selected will be the
second case registered, etc. All entries received within each region during the entry period will have an equal
chance of being selected. When an entry has been selected, the entrant will receive notification of his or her
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selection through the Entrant Status Check available starting May 5, 2020, on the E-DV website
dvlottery.state.gov. If you are selected and you respond to the instructions provided online via Entrant Status
Check, the Department of State’s Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) will process the case until those selected
are instructed to appear for visa interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate or until those in the United States
who are applying to adjust status apply with USCIS in the United States.
30. I am already in the United States. If selected, may I adjust my status with USCIS?
Yes, provided you are otherwise eligible to adjust status under the terms of Section 245 of the Immigration
and Nationality Act (INA), you may apply to USCIS for adjustment of status to permanent resident. You must
ensure that USCIS can complete action on your case, including processing of any overseas applications for a
spouse or for children under 21 years of age, before September 30, 2021, since on that date your eligibility
for the DV-2021 program expires. The Department of State will not approve any visa numbers or
adjustments of status for the DV-2021 program after midnight EDT on September 30, 2021, under any
circumstances.
31. If I am selected, for how long am I entitled to apply for a Diversity Visa?
If you are selected in the DV-2021 program, you are entitled to apply for visa issuance only during U.S.
government fiscal year 2021, which is from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021. We encourage
selectees to apply for visas as early as possible, once their program rank numbers become eligible.
Without exception, all selected and eligible applicants must obtain their visa or adjust status by
the end of the fiscal year. There is no carry-over of DV benefits into the next year for persons who are
selected but who do not obtain visas by September 30, 2021 (the end of the fiscal year). Also, spouses and
children who derive status from a DV-2021 registration can only obtain visas in the DV category between
October 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021. Individuals who apply overseas will receive an appointment
notification from the Department of State through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website four to six weeks
before the scheduled appointment.
32. If a DV selectee dies, what happens to the case?
If a DV selectee dies at any point before he or she has traveled to the United States or adjusted status, the
DV case is automatically closed. Any derivative spouse and/or children of the deceased selectee will no longer
be entitled to apply for a DV visa. Any visas issued to them will be revoked.
FEES
33. How much does it cost to enter the Diversity Visa program?
There is no fee charged to submit an electronic entry. However, if you are selected and apply for a
Diversity Visa, you must pay all required visa application fees at the time of visa application and interview
directly to the consular cashier at the U.S. embassy or consulate. If you are a selectee already in the United
States and you apply to USCIS to adjust status, you will pay all required fees application directly to USCIS. If
you are selected, you will receive details of required DV and immigrant visa application fees with the
instructions provided through the E-DV website at dvlottery.state.gov.
34. How and where do I pay DV and immigrant visa fees if I am selected?
If you are a randomly selected entrant, you will receive instructions for the DV application process through
Entrant Status Check at dvlottery.state.gov. You will pay all DV and immigrant application visa fees in person
only at the U.S. embassy or consulate at the time of the visa application. The consular cashier will
immediately give you a U.S. government receipt for payment. Do not send money for DV fees to anyone
through the mail, Western Union, or any other delivery service if you are applying for an immigrant visa at a
U.S. embassy or consulate.
If you are selected and you are already present in the United States and plan to file for adjustment of status
with USCIS, the instructions page accessible through Entrant Status Check at dvlottery.state.gov contains
separate instructions on how to mail adjustment of status application fees to a U.S. bank.
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35. If I apply for a DV, but don’t qualify to receive one, can I get a refund of the visa fees I paid?
No. Visa application fees cannot be refunded. You must meet all qualifications for the visa as detailed in
these instructions. If a consular officer determines you do not meet requirements for the visa, or you are
otherwise ineligible for the DV under U.S. law, the officer cannot issue a visa and you will forfeit all fees paid.
INELIGIBILITIES
36. As a DV applicant, can I receive a waiver of any grounds of visa ineligibility? Does my waiver
application receive any special processing?
DV applicants are subject to all grounds of ineligibility for immigrant visas specified in the Immigration and
Nationality Act (INA). There are no special provisions for the waiver of any ground of visa ineligibility aside
from those ordinarily provided in the INA, nor is there special processing for waiver requests. Some general
waiver provisions for people with close relatives who are U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Resident aliens
may be available to DV applicants in some cases, but the time constraints in the DV program may make it
difficult for applicants to benefit from such provisions.
DV FRAUD WARNING AND SCAMS
37. How can I report internet fraud or unsolicited emails?
Please visit the econsumer.gov website, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission in cooperation with
consumer-protection agencies from 36 nations. You also may report fraud to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center. To file a complaint about unsolicited email, use the
“Telemarking and Spam” complaint tool on the econsumer.gov website or visit the Department of Justice
Unsolicited Commercial Email (“Spam”) webpage for additional information and contacts.
DV STATISTICS
38. How many visas will be issued in DV-2020?
By law, a maximum of 55,000 visas are available each year to eligible persons.
MISCELLANEOUS
39. If I receive a visa through the DV program, will the U.S. government pay for my airfare to the
United States, help me find housing and employment, and/or provide healthcare or any subsidies
until I am fully settled?
No. The U.S. government will not provide any of these services to you if you receive a visa through the DV
program. If you are selected to apply for a DV, you must demonstrate that you will not become a public
charge in the United States before being issued a visa. If you are selected and submit a diversity visa
application, you should familiarize yourself with the Department of State’s public guidance on how public
charge is assessed and what evidence can be provided to demonstrate that you are not likely to become a
public charge.
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LIST OF COUNTRIES/AREAS BY REGION WHOSE NATIVES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR DV-2021
The list below shows the countries whose natives are eligible for DV-2021, grouped by geographic region.
Dependent areas overseas are included within the region of the governing country. USCIS identified the
countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV-2021 program according to the formula in Section 203(c)
of the INA. The countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV program (because they are the principal
source countries of Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based immigration or “high-admission” countries) are
noted after the respective regional lists.
AFRICA
Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cabo Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Djibouti
Egypt*
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia, The
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
* Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable,
respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons
born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.
In Africa, natives of Nigeria are not eligible for this year’s Diversity Visa program.
ASIA
Afghanistan
Bahrain
Bhutan
Brunei
Burma
Cambodia
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region**
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel*
Japan***
Jordan*
Kuwait
Laos
Lebanon
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Nepal
North Korea
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
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Singapore
Sri Lanka
Syria*
Taiwan**
Thailand
Timor-Leste
United Arab Emirates
Yemen
*Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable,
respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons
born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.
**Hong Kong S.A.R. (Asia region), Macau S.A.R. (Europe region, chargeable to Portugal), and Taiwan (Asia region)
do qualify and are listed here. For the purposes of the diversity program only, persons born in Macau S.A.R. derive
eligibility from Portugal.
***Persons born in the Habomai Islands, Shikotan, Kunashiri, and Etorofu are chargeable to Japan. Persons born in
Southern Sakhalin are chargeable to Russia.
Natives of the following Asia Region countries are not eligible for this year’s Diversity Visa program:
Bangladesh, China (mainland-born), India, Pakistan, South Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam.
EUROPE
Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Estonia
Finland
France (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau Special Administrative Region**
Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Northern Ireland***
Norway (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Poland
Portugal (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Romania
Russia****
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Vatican City
** Macau S.A.R. does qualify and is listed above and for the purposes of the diversity program only; persons
born in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal.
***For purposes of the diversity program only, Northern Ireland is treated separately. Northern Ireland
does qualify and is listed among the qualifying areas.
**** Persons born in the Habomai Islands, Shikotan, Kunashiri, and Etorofu are chargeable to Japan. Persons
born in Southern Sakhalin are chargeable to Russia.
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Natives of the following European countries are not eligible for this year’s DV program: Great Britain (United
Kingdom). Great Britain (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British
Virgin Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn,
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, and Turks and Caicos Islands.
NORTH AMERICA
The Bahamas
In North America, natives of Canada and Mexico are not eligible for this year’s DV program.
OCEANIA
Australia (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Fiji
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Micronesia, Federated States of
Nauru
New Zealand (including components and
dependent areas overseas)
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Chile
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Ecuador
Grenada
Guyana
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela
Countries in this region whose natives are not eligible for this year’s DV program:
Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it is accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program that will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country.

These competitive grant opportunities are open to organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic assimilation through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics.

USCIS seeks to expand availability of high-quality citizenship and assimilation services throughout the country with these two grant opportunities:

  • Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services. (PDF) This grant opportunity will fund up to 36 organizations that offer both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to lawful permanent residents. Applications are due by Aug. 13, 2019.
  • The Refugee and Asylee Assimilation Program. (PDF) This grant opportunity will fund up to four organizations to provide individualized services to lawful permanent residents who entered the United States under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program or were granted asylum. These services will help them to obtain the skills and knowledge required for successful citizenship and to foster a sense of belonging and attachment to the United States. This grant strives to promote long-term civic assimilation of those lawful permanent residents who have identified naturalization as a goal, yet may need additional information, instruction and services to attain it. Applications are due by Aug. 13, 2019.
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USCIS will take into account various program and organizational factors, including past grantee performance, when making final award decisions. In addition, all funded grant recipients must enroll in E-Verify as a regular employer within 30 days of receiving the award and remain as a participant in good standing with E-Verify throughout the entire period of grant performance. Funded grant recipients will be required to verify all new hires at hiring locations performing work on a program or activity that is funded in whole or in part under the grant.

USCIS expects to announce award recipients in September.

Since it began in 2009, the USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program has awarded approximately $82 million through 393 grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

To apply for one of these funding opportunities, visit grants.gov. For additional information on the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program for fiscal year 2019, visit uscis.gov/grants or email the USCIS Office of Citizenship at citizenshipgrantprogram@uscis.dhs.gov.

For more information on USCIS and our programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), and Facebook (/uscis).

 

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