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  • News: DOS Releases Instructions For 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery

    Federal Register, Volume 77 Issue 189 (Friday, September 28, 2012)
    [Federal Register Volume 77, Number 189 (Friday, September 28, 2012)]
    [Notices]
    [Pages 59692-59700]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
    [FR Doc No: 2012-23934]
    
    
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    DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    
    [Public Notice: 8044]
    
    
    2014 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
    
    AGENCY: Department of State.
    
    ACTION: Notice.
    
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    SUMMARY: This public notice provides information on how to apply for 
    the DV-2014 Program.
    
    Instructions for the 2014 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2014)
    
        This notice is issued pursuant to 22 CFR 42.33(b)(3) which 
    implements sections 201(a)(3), 201(e), 203(c), and 204(a)(1)(I) of the 
    Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, (8 U.S.C. 1151, 1153, and 
    1154(a)(1)(I)).
        The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is 
    administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and 
    conducted based on United States law, specifically Section 203(c) of 
    the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This law provides for a 
    class of immigrants known as ``diversity immigrants,'' with visas made 
    available to persons from countries with historically low rates of 
    immigration to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2014, 50,000 
    diversity visas (DV) will be available.
        The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting 
    simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated, 
    random drawing chooses selectees for DVs. The visas are distributed 
    among six geographic regions, and within each region, no single country 
    may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one 
    year. Visas are allocated to natives of countries with historically 
    lower rates of U.S. immigration. Natives of countries who have sent 
    more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the past five 
    years are not eligible to apply for the Diversity Visa program.
        For DV-2014, natives of the following countries are not eligible to 
    apply because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants 
    to the United States in the previous five years:
        Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, 
    Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, 
    Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom 
    (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
        The term ``country'' in this notice includes countries, economies, 
    and other jurisdictions explicitly listed at the end of these 
    instructions. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are 
    eligible.
        Changes in eligibility this year:
        For DV-2014, natives of Guatemala are now eligible for selection.
        The Department of State implemented the electronic registration 
    system beginning with DV-2005 in order to make the DV process more 
    efficient and secure. The Department utilizes special technology and 
    other means to identify those who commit fraud for the purposes of 
    illegal immigration or those who submit multiple entries.
    
    Diversity Visa Registration Period
    
        Entries for the DV-2014 DV program must be submitted electronically 
    between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 2, 
    2012, and noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Saturday, November 
    3, 2012. Applicants may access the electronic DV Entry Form (E-DV) at 
    www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Paper entries 
    will not be accepted. We strongly encourage applicants not to wait 
    until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand 
    may result in Web site delays. No entries will be accepted after noon, 
    EDT, on November 3, 2012.
    
    Requirements for Entry
    
        To enter the DV program, you must be a native of one of the listed 
    countries. In most cases, this means the country in which you were 
    born. However, there are two other ways you may be able to qualify. 
    First, if you were born in a country whose natives are ineligible but 
    your spouse was born in a country whose natives are eligible, you can 
    claim your spouse's country of birth--provided that both you and your 
    spouse are on the selected entry, are issued visas, and enter the 
    United States simultaneously. Second, if you were born in a country 
    whose natives are ineligible, but neither of your parents was born 
    there or resided there at the time of your birth, you may claim 
    nativity in one of your parents' countries of birth if it is a country
    
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    whose natives qualify for the DV-2014 program.
        To enter the DV program, you must meet either the education or work 
    experience requirement of the DV program: You must have either a high 
    school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of 
    a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education; OR two years of 
    work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring 
    at least two years of training or experience to perform. The U.S. 
    Department of Labor's O*Net OnLine database will be used to determine 
    qualifying work experience. For more information about qualifying work 
    experience for the principal DV applicant, see Frequently Asked 
    Question 13.
        If you cannot meet either of these requirements, you should not 
    submit an entry to the DV program.
    
    Procedures for Submitting an Entry to DV-2014
    
        The Department of State will only accept completed E-DV entry forms 
    submitted electronically at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the 
    registration period between noon, EDT (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 2, 
    2012, and noon, EDT (GMT-4), Saturday, November 3, 2012.
        All entries by an individual will be disqualified if more than one 
    entry for that individual is received, regardless of who submitted the 
    entry. You may prepare and submit your own entry or have someone submit 
    the entry for you. There are no costs or fees to register for the DV 
    Program.
        A registered entry that complies with submission instructions will 
    result in a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique 
    confirmation number. You must print this confirmation screen for your 
    records using the print function of your web browser and ensure that 
    you retain your confirmation number. Starting May 1, 2013, you will be 
    able to check the status of your DV-2014 entry by returning to 
    www.dvlottery.state.gov, clicking on Entrant Status Check, and entering 
    your unique confirmation number and personal information. Entrant 
    Status Check will be the sole means of informing you of your selection 
    for DV-2014, providing instructions to you on how to proceed with your 
    application, and notifying you of your appointment for your immigrant 
    visa interview. Therefore, it is essential you retain your confirmation 
    number.
        Paper entries are no longer accepted. The sole method for entry to 
    the 2014 Diversity Visa Program is through this electronic process.
        On your entry, you must list your spouse (husband or wife), and all 
    living unmarried children under 21 years of age, regardless of whether 
    or not they are living with you or intend to accompany or follow to 
    join you should you immigrate to the United States, with the exception 
    of children who are already U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent 
    Residents. A spouse or child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful 
    Permanent Resident will not require or be issued a DV visa. Failure to 
    comply with this instruction can result in the disqualification of your 
    entry.
        It is very important that you submit all required photographs. Your 
    entry will be disqualified if you do not submit all the required 
    photographs. Recent photographs of the following people must be 
    submitted electronically with the E-DV entry form:
        [ssquf] You
        [ssquf] Your spouse
        [ssquf] Each living unmarried child under 21 years of age at the 
    time of your electronic entry, including all natural children as well 
    as all legally adopted children and stepchildren, even if a child no 
    longer resides with you or you do not intend for a child to immigrate 
    under the DV program. 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.
        Failure to submit the required photographs for your spouse and each 
    child listed will result in an incomplete entry to the E-DV system. The 
    entry will not be accepted and must be resubmitted. Group or family 
    photographs will not be accepted; there must be a separate photograph 
    for each family member.
        Failure to enter the correct photograph of each individual into the 
    E-DV system may result in disqualification of the principal applicant 
    and refusal of all visas associated with the case at the time of the 
    visa interview. Entries are subject to disqualification and visa 
    refusal for cases in which the photographs are not recent, show 
    manipulation in any way, or fail to meet the specifications explained 
    below.
    
    Instructions for Submitting a Digital Photograph (Image)
    
        A digital photograph (image) of you, your spouse, and each child 
    must be submitted online with the E-DV entry form. The image file can 
    be produced either by taking a new digital photograph or by scanning a 
    photographic print with a digital scanner. The image file must adhere 
    to the compositional and technical specifications listed below. 
    Entrants may test their photos for suitability through the photo 
    validation link on the e-DV Web site before submitting their entries. 
    The photo validation provides additional technical advice on photo 
    composition, along with examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos.
    
    Compositional Specifications
    
        The submitted digital image must conform to the following 
    compositional specifications or the entry will be disqualified.
        Head Position. The person being photographed must directly face the 
    camera. The head of the person should not be tilted up, down, or to the 
    side. The head height or facial region size (measured from the top of 
    the head, including the hair, to the bottom of the chin) must be 
    between 50 percent and 69 percent of the image's total height. The eye 
    height (measured from the bottom of the image to the level of the eyes) 
    should be between 56 percent and 69 percent of the image's height.
        Background. The person being photographed should be in front of a 
    neutral, light-colored background. Dark or patterned backgrounds are 
    not acceptable.
        Focus. The photograph must be in focus.
        Decorative Items. Photographs in which the person being 
    photographed is wearing sunglasses or other items that detract from the 
    face will not be accepted.
        Head Coverings and Hats. Photos of applicants wearing head 
    coverings or hats are only acceptable if the head covering is worn for 
    religious beliefs; even then, the head covering may not obscure any 
    portion of the face of the applicant. Photographs of applicants with 
    tribal or other headgear not specifically religious in nature will not 
    be accepted; photographs of military, airline, or other personnel 
    wearing hats will not be accepted.
        Color photographs in 24-bit color depth are required. Color 
    photographs may be downloaded from a camera to a file in the computer 
    or they may be scanned onto a computer. If you are using a scanner, the 
    settings must be for True Color or 24-bit color mode. See the 
    additional scanning requirements below.
    
    Technical Specifications
    
        The submitted digital photograph must conform to the following 
    specifications or the system will automatically reject the E-DV entry 
    form and notify the sender.
    
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        Taking a New Digital Image. If a new digital image is taken, it 
    must meet the following specifications:
        Image File Format: The image must be in the Joint Photographic 
    Experts Group (JPEG) format.
        Image File Size: The maximum file size is 240 kilobytes (240 KB).
        Image Resolution and Dimensions: Minimum acceptable dimensions are 
    600 pixels (width) x 600 pixels (height). Image pixel dimensions must 
    be in a square aspect ratio (meaning the height must be equal to the 
    width).
        Image Color Depth: Image must be in color (24 bits per pixel). 24-
    bit black and white or 8-bit images will not be accepted.
        Scanning a Submitted Photograph. Before a photographic print is 
    scanned, it must meet the compositional specifications listed above. If 
    the photographic print meets the print color and compositional 
    specifications, scan the print using the following scanner 
    specifications:
        Scanner Resolution: Scanned at a resolution of at least 300 dots 
    per inch (dpi).
        Image File Format: The image must be in the Joint Photographic 
    Experts Group (JPEG) format.
        Image File Size: The maximum image file size is 240 kilobytes (240 
    KB).
        Image Resolution: 600 by 600 pixels.
        Image Color Depth: 24-bit color. [Note that black and white, 
    monochrome, or grayscale images will not be accepted.]
    
    Information Required for the Electronic Entry
    
        There is only one way to enter the DV-2014 program. You must submit 
    the DS-5501, the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry 
    Form), which is only accessible online at the EDV Web site 
    www.dvlottery.state.gov. Failure to complete the form in its entirety 
    will disqualify the entry. Those who submit the E-DV entry will be 
    asked to include the information below on the E-DV Entry Form.
        Notice: The Department of State strongly encourages applicants to 
    complete the entry form without the assistance of ``Visa Consultants,'' 
    ``Visa Agents,'' or other individuals who offer to submit an entry on 
    behalf of applicants. If somebody else (a third-party) helps you to 
    complete your entry form, you should be present when the entry is 
    prepared so that you can retain the confirmation page and your unique 
    confirmation number. Facilitators may try to withhold confirmation 
    numbers in order to make an unlawful demand for money or services in 
    exchange for notification information that should have been directly 
    available to you.
        Reminder: Your unique confirmation number from your DV-2014 online 
    entry registration is required for you to later access the E-DV Web 
    site. You will need to access the E-DV Web site 
    (www.dvlottery.state.gov) after May 1, 2013, to determine whether or 
    not your entry has been selected through the Entrant Status Check. 
    Entrant Status Check will be the sole means of informing you of your 
    selection for DV-2014. It will provide instructions to you on how to 
    proceed with your application and notify you of the date and time of 
    your immigrant visa interview. If you do not have your confirmation 
    information, you will not be able to check your DV entry status.
        1. Full Name--Last/Family Name, First Name, Middle name. Enter your 
    name exactly as listed on your passport.
        2. Date of Birth--Day, Month, Year.
        3. Gender--Male or Female.
        4. City Where You Were Born.
        5. Country Where You Were Born--The name of the country should be 
    is the one currently in use for the place where you were born.
        6. Country of Eligibility or Chargeability 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. If 
    you were born in a country that is not eligible for the DV program, 
    please review the instructions to see if there is another option for 
    country chargeability available for you. For additional information on 
    chargeability, please review ``Frequently Asked Question 1'' 
    of these instructions.
        7. Entry Photograph(S)--See the technical information on photograph 
    specifications. Make sure you include photographs of your spouse and 
    all your children, if applicable. See Frequently Asked Question 
    3.
        8. Mailing Address--In Care Of, Address Line 1, Address Line 2, 
    City/Town, District/Country/Province/State, Postal Code/Zip Code, and 
    Country.
        9. Country Where You Live Today.
        10. Phone Number (optional).
        11. E-Mail Address--Provide an email address to which you have 
    direct access. You will not receive an official selection letter at 
    this address. However, if your entry is selected and you respond to the 
    notification of your selection through the Entrant Status Check, you 
    will receive follow-up communication from the Department of State by 
    email notifying you that details of your immigrant visa interview are 
    available on Entrant Status Check. The Department of State may contact 
    you at this email address, but will never send you an email telling you 
    that you have been selected for the DV program.
        12. What Is the Highest Level of Education You Have Achieved, As of 
    Today? You must indicate which one of the following represents your own 
    highest level of educational achievement: (1) Primary school only, (2) 
    High school, no degree, (3) High school degree, (4) Vocational school, 
    (5) Some university courses, (6) University degree, (7) Some graduate 
    level courses, (8) Masters degree, (9) Some doctorate level courses, 
    and (10) Doctorate degree.
        13. Marital Status--Unmarried, Married, Divorced, Widowed, or 
    Legally Separated.
        14. Number of Children--Entries must include the name, date, and 
    place of birth of your spouse and all living natural children. Entries 
    must also include all living children legally adopted by you, and 
    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 spouse or child does not 
    currently reside with you and/or will not immigrate with you. Note that 
    married children and children 21 years or older are not eligible for 
    the DV; however, U.S. law protects children from ``aging out'' in 
    certain circumstances. If your DV entry is made before your unmarried 
    child turns 21, and the child turns 21 before visa issuance, he/she may 
    be protected from aging out by the Child Status Protection Act and be 
    treated as though he/she were fewer than 21 for visa-processing 
    purposes. You are not required to list a spouse or child who is already 
    a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident, as they will not be 
    eligible for a DV visa. Failure to list all children who are eligible 
    will result in disqualification of the principal applicant and refusal 
    of all visas in the case at the time of the visa interview. See 
    Frequently Asked Question 11.
        15. Spouse Information--Name, Date of Birth, Gender, City/Town of 
    Birth, Country of Birth, and Photograph. Failure to list your eligible 
    spouse will result in disqualification of the principal applicant and 
    refusal of all visas in the case at the time of the visa interview. You 
    must list your spouse here even if you plan to be divorced before you 
    apply for a visa.
        16. Children Information--Name, Date of Birth, Gender, City/Town of 
    Birth, Country of Birth, and Photograph. Include all children declared 
    in question 14 above.
    
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    Selection of Applicants
    
        Based on the allocations of available visas in each region and 
    country, computer software will randomly select individuals from among 
    qualified entries. All DV-2014 entrants will be required to go to the 
    E-DV Web site Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number 
    saved from their DV-2014 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 Web site at www.dvlottery.state.gov 
    starting May 1, 2013, and continuing through at least June 30, 2014. 
    Selectees will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide 
    further instructions, including information on fees connected with 
    immigration to the United States. Entrant Status Check will be the only 
    means by which selectees will be notified of their selection for DV-
    2014. The Department of State will not be mailing out notification 
    letters. Those selected in the random drawing are not notified of their 
    selection by email. Those individuals not selected will be notified of 
    their non-selection through Entrant Status Check. U.S. embassies and 
    consulates will not provide a list of selectees. Selectees' spouses and 
    unmarried children under age 21 may also apply for visas to accompany 
    or follow-to-join the principal applicant. DV-2014 visas will be issued 
    between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014.
        Processing of entries and issuance of DVs to selectees meeting 
    eligibility requirements and their eligible family members must be 
    completed by midnight on September 30, 2014. Under no circumstances can 
    DVs be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family 
    members obtain DVs to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the 
    United States after this date.
        In order to receive a DV to immigrate to the United States, 
    entrants in the random drawing that are selected for the next steps 
    (called selectees) must meet all eligibility requirements under U.S. 
    law. These requirements may significantly increase the level of 
    scrutiny required and time necessary for processing for natives of some 
    countries listed in this notice including, but not limited to, 
    countries identified as state sponsors of terrorism.
    
    Important Notice
    
        Electronic Online Entry In the Annual DV Program Is Free. The State 
    Department does not charge any fees to enter. The U.S. government 
    employs no outside consultants or private services to operate the DV 
    program. Any intermediaries or others who offer assistance to prepare 
    DV entries do so without the authority or consent of the U.S. 
    government. Use of any outside intermediary or assistance to prepare a 
    DV entry is entirely at the entrant's discretion. The only Web site on 
    which people can officially register to participation in the Diversity 
    Program is www.dvlottery.state.gov.
        A qualified electronic entry submitted directly by an applicant has 
    an equal chance of being randomly selected by computer, as does a 
    qualified electronic entry received from an outside intermediary on 
    behalf of the applicant. However, receipt of more than one entry per 
    person will disqualify the person from registration, regardless of the 
    source of the entry.
    
    Frequently Asked Questions
    
    1. What do the terms ``eligibility,'' ``native,'' and ``chargeability'' 
    mean? Are there any situations in which persons who were not born in a 
    qualifying country may apply?
    
        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. ``Native'' ordinarily means someone born in a particular 
    country, regardless of the individual's current country of residence or 
    nationality. For immigration purposes, ``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.
        For example, if you were born in a country that is not eligible for 
    this year's DV program, you may claim chargeability to the country 
    where your derivative spouse was born. Because your eligibility is 
    based on your spouse, however, you will not be issued a DV-1 immigrant 
    visa unless your spouse is also eligible for and issued a DV-2 visa, 
    and both of you must enter the United States together using your DVs. 
    In a similar manner, a minor dependent child can be ``charged'' to a 
    parent's country of birth.
        Finally, if you were born in a country not eligible to participate 
    in this year's DV program, you can be ``charged'' to the country of 
    birth of either of your parents as long as neither parent was a 
    resident of the ineligible country at the time of your birth. In 
    general, people are not considered residents of a country in which they 
    were not born or legally naturalized, if they are only visiting the 
    country, studying in the country temporarily, or stationed temporarily 
    in the country for business or professional reasons on behalf of a 
    company or government from a country other than the country in which 
    the applicant was born. If you claim alternate chargeability, you must 
    indicate such information on the E-DV Entry Form, in question 
    6. Please be aware that listing an incorrect country of 
    eligibility or chargeability (i.e., one to which you cannot establish a 
    valid claim) may disqualify your entry.
    
    2. How will I know if the notification of selection that I have 
    received is authentic? How can I confirm that I have in fact been 
    chosen in the random DV program?
    
        Keep your confirmation page from the online registration entry 
    submission until at least June 2014. You must have your confirmation 
    number to access information through the Entrant Status Check available 
    on the E-DV Web site at www.dvlottery.state.gov. Entrant Status Check 
    will be the sole means by which DV-2014 entrants are notified of their 
    selection, provided instructions on how to proceed with their 
    application, and notified of their immigrant visa interview appointment 
    date and time. Be advised that the E-DV Web site 
    www.dvlottery.state.gov is the only authorized Department of State Web 
    site for official online entry, as well as the required online status 
    check for the Diversity Visa Program.
        Status information will be available starting May 1, 2013 through 
    at least June 30, 2014. You must have your confirmation information in 
    order to check your DV entry status. Only the individuals selected 
    randomly to continue the visa process will be given additional 
    instructions on how to pursue their DV visa application. Persons not 
    selected may verify the non-selection of their entry using their 
    confirmation information through the official DV Web site, but they 
    will not receive any additional instructions. U.S. Embassies and 
    Consulates have no access to the Entrant Status check system; they are 
    unable to check the system for you. The Department of State is not able 
    to provide a list of those selected to continue the visa process.
        Randomly selected entrants will receive notification instructions 
    for the DV visa application process on the selectee confirmation page 
    available through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV Web site 
    www.dvlottery.state.gov. The instructions say the selected applicants 
    will pay all DV and immigrant visa fees in person only at the U.S. 
    Embassy or Consulate at the time of the visa application. The consular 
    cashier immediately gives the visa applicant a U.S. government receipt
    
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    for payment. Selected applicants applying for an immigrant visa at a 
    U.S. Embassy or Consulate should never send money for DV fees through 
    the mail, Western Union, or any other delivery service. Those selectees 
    who are already present in the United States and who file for 
    adjustment of status will receive separate instructions on how to mail 
    DV fees to a U.S. bank.
        The E-DV program entries are submitted on the Internet, on the 
    official U.S. government E-DV Web site at www.dvlottery.state.gov. 
    Notification letters will not be sent to the selected applicants. 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-2014 program. Selectees will only receive email 
    communications alerting them that a visa appointment has been scheduled 
    after they have responded to the notification instructions on Entrant 
    Status Check. Such emails will direct selectees to check their 
    interview appointment details on Entrant Status Check and will not 
    contain information on the actual appointment date and time.
        Please note that only Internet sites that end with the ``.gov'' 
    domain suffix are official U.S. government Web sites. Many other non-
    governmental Web sites (e.g., using the suffixes ``.com,'' ``.org,'' or 
    ``.net'') provide immigration and visa related information and 
    services. Regardless of the content of non-governmental Web sites, the 
    Department of State does not endorse, recommend, or sponsor any 
    information or material shown at these other Web sites.
        Some Web sites try to mislead customers and members of the public 
    into thinking they are official Web sites and may contact you by email 
    to lure you to their offers. These Web sites may attempt to require you 
    to pay for services such as forms and information about immigration 
    procedures, which are free on the Department of State Web site or 
    through U.S. Embassy or Consulate Web sites. Additionally, these other 
    Web sites may require you to pay for services you are not likely to 
    receive (such as fees for DV immigration applications and visas) in an 
    effort to steal your money. If you send in money to one of these scams, 
    you will likely never see it again. Also, you should be wary of sending 
    any personal information to these Web sites, as it may be used for 
    identity fraud/theft.
    
    3. Why do natives of certain countries not qualify for the DV program?
    
        DVs are intended to provide an immigration opportunity for persons 
    from countries other than the historical source countries of large 
    numbers of immigrants to the United States, as indicated in the law by 
    stating that no Diversity Visas shall be provided for natives of 
    ``high-admission'' countries. The law defines this to mean countries 
    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) adds the family and employment immigrant admission 
    figures for the previous five years to identify the countries whose 
    natives will be ineligible for the annual diversity visa program. Since 
    there is a separate determination made before each annual E-DV entry 
    period, the list of countries whose natives are not eligible may change 
    from one year to the next.
    
    4. What is the numerical limit for DV-2014?
    
        By law, the DV program makes available a maximum of 55,000 
    permanent residence visas each year to eligible persons. However, the 
    Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed 
    by Congress in November 1997 stipulates that beginning as early as DV-
    1999, and for as long as necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually 
    allocated DVs will be made available for use under the NACARA program. 
    The actual reduction of the limit by up to 5,000 DVs began with DV-2000 
    and will remain in effect through the DV-2014 program.
    
    5. What are the regional DV limits for DV-2014?
    
        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 INA. Once USCIS has completed these 
    calculations, the regional visa limits will be announced.
    
    6. When will entries for the DV-2014 program be accepted?
    
        The DV-2014 entry period will run from noon, Eastern Daylight Time 
    (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 2, 2012, until noon, Eastern Daylight 
    Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Saturday, November 3, 2012. Each year, millions of 
    people apply for the program during the registration period. The 
    massive volume of entries creates an enormous amount of work in 
    selecting and processing successful individuals. Holding the entry 
    period starting noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 2 and 
    continuing until noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on November 3 ensures 
    that selectees are notified in a timely manner, and gives both the visa 
    applicants and our embassies and consulates time to prepare and 
    complete cases for visa issuance. You are strongly encouraged to enter 
    early during the registration period. Excessive demand at end of the 
    registration period may slow the system down. No entries whatsoever 
    will be accepted after noon EDT Saturday, November 3, 2012.
    
    7. May persons who are in the United States apply for the program?
    
        Yes, an applicant may be in the United States or in another 
    country, and the entry may be submitted from the United States or from 
    abroad.
    
    8. Is each applicant limited to only one entry during the annual E-DV 
    registration period?
    
        Yes, the law allows only one entry by or for each person during 
    each registration period. Individuals for whom more than one entry is 
    submitted will be disqualified. The Department of State employs 
    technology and other means to identify individuals who submit multiple 
    entries during the registration period. People submitting more than one 
    entry will be disqualified, and an electronic record will be 
    permanently maintained by the Department of State. Individuals may 
    apply for the program once each year during the regular registration 
    period.
    
    9. May a husband and a wife each submit a separate entry?
    
        Yes, a husband and a wife may each submit one entry if each meets 
    the eligibility requirements. If either is selected, the other is 
    entitled to apply as a derivative dependent.
    
    10. What family members must I include on my E-DV entry?
    
        On your entry you must list your spouse (husband or wife) and all 
    living unmarried children less than 21 years of age, regardless of 
    whether or not they are living with you or intend to accompany or 
    follow to join you should you immigrate to the United States. You must 
    list your spouse even if you are currently separated from him/her, 
    unless you are legally separated (i.e., there is a written agreement 
    recognized by a court or a court order). If you are legally separated 
    or divorced, you do not need to list your former spouse. You must list 
    all your living children who are unmarried and under 21 years of age at 
    the time of your initial E-DV entry, whether they are your natural 
    children, your spouse's children, or children you
    
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    have formally adopted in accordance with the laws of your country, 
    unless such child is already a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent 
    Resident. List all children less than 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.
        The fact that you have listed family members on your entry does not 
    mean that they must travel with you. They may choose to remain behind. 
    However, if you include an eligible dependent on your visa application 
    forms that you failed to include on your original entry, your case will 
    be disqualified. This only applies to those who were family members at 
    the time the original application was submitted, not those acquired at 
    a later date. Your spouse may still submit a separate entry, even 
    though he or she is listed on your entry, as long as both entries 
    include details on all dependents in your family. See question 
    9 above.
    
    11. Can my same-sex spouse be included in a DV entry?
    
        No, same-sex marriages are not recognized under U.S. immigration 
    law for the purpose of immigrating to the United States. However, your 
    same-sex partner is free to submit his/her own entry into the DV 
    program if he or she meets all eligibility requirements.
    
    12. Must I submit my own entry, or may someone act on my behalf?
    
        You may prepare and submit your own entry, or have someone submit 
    the entry for you. Regardless of whether an entry is submitted by the 
    individual directly, or assistance is provided by an attorney, friend, 
    relative, etc., only one entry may be submitted in the name of each 
    person, and the person seeking the Diversity Visa remains responsible 
    for ensuring that information in the entry is correct and complete. All 
    entrants, including those not selected, will be able to check the 
    status of their entry through the Entrant Status Check available as of 
    May 1, 2013, on the E-DV Web site at www.dvlottery.state.gov. Entrants 
    must keep their own confirmation page information so that they are able 
    to independently check the status of their entry.
    
    13. What are the requirements for education or work experience?
    
        U.S. Immigration law and regulations require that every Diversity 
    Visa 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 requiring at least two years of training or 
    experience. A ``high school education or equivalent'' is defined as 
    successful completion of a twelve-year course of elementary and 
    secondary education in the United States or 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. Documentary proof of education or 
    work experience must be presented to the consular officer at the time 
    of the visa interview.
    
    14. What occupations qualify for the DV program?
    
        To determine eligibility based on work experience, definitions from 
    the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) O*Net OnLine database will be 
    used. The O*Net Online Database groups job experience into five ``job 
    zones.'' While many occupations are listed on the DOL Web site, only 
    certain specified 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 that is 
    designated as Job Zone 4 or 5, classified in a Specific Vocational 
    Preparation (SVP) range of 7.0 or higher.
    
    15. How do I find the qualifying occupations on the Department of Labor 
    Web site?
    
        Qualifying DV Occupations are shown on the DOL O*Net Online 
    Database. Follow these steps to find out if your occupation qualifies: 
    Select ``Find Occupations'' and then select a specific ``Job Family.'' 
    For example, select Architecture and Engineering and click ``GO.'' Then 
    click on the link for the specific Occupation. Following the same 
    example, click ``Aerospace Engineers.'' After selecting a specific 
    Occupation link, select the tab ``Job Zone'' to find out the designated 
    Job Zone number and Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) rating range. 
    For additional information, see the Diversity Visa--List of Occupations 
    Web page.
    
    16. How will successful entrants be selected?
    
        All entries received from each region are individually numbered, 
    and at the end of the registration period, a computer system 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 during the 
    registration period will have an equal chance of being selected within 
    each region. When an entry has been selected, the entrant will be 
    notified of his or her selection through the Entrant Status Check 
    available starting May 1, 2013, on the E-DV Web site 
    www.dvlottery.state.gov. The Department of State's Kentucky Consular 
    Center (KCC) will then process the case until those selected to be visa 
    applicants are instructed to appear for visa interviews at a U.S. 
    Embassy or Consulate, or until those qualifying to change status in the 
    United States apply at a domestic USCIS office.
    
        Important Note:  Official notifications of selection will be 
    made through Entrant Status Check, available starting May 1, 2013, 
    through at least June 30, 2014, on the E-DV Web site 
    www.dvlottery.state.gov. The Department of State does not send 
    selectee notifications or letters by regular postal mail or by 
    email. Should you receive an email notification or a mailed letter 
    stating that you have been selected to receive a DV, be aware that 
    the notification 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.
    
    17. May selectees adjust their status with USCIS?
    
        Yes, provided they are otherwise eligible to adjust status under 
    the terms of Section 245 of the INA, selected individuals who are 
    physically present in the United States may apply to USCIS for 
    adjustment of status to permanent resident. Applicants must ensure that 
    USCIS can complete action on their cases, including processing of any 
    overseas spouse or children under 21 years of age, before September 30, 
    2014, since on that date your eligibility for the DV-2014 program 
    expires. No visa numbers for the DV-2014 program will be available 
    after midnight EDT on September 30, 2014, under any circumstances.
    
    18. Will entrants who are not selected be informed?
    
        All entrants, including those not selected, may check the status of 
    their entry through the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV Web site at 
    www.dvlottery.state.gov to find out if their entry was or was not 
    selected. Entrants must keep their own confirmation page information 
    from the time of their entry until at least June 30,
    
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    2014. Status information for DV-2014 will be available online from May 
    1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. (Status information for the previous DV 
    program, DV-2013, is available online from May 1, 2012, through June 
    30, 2013.)
    
    19. How many individuals will be selected?
    
        There are 50,000 DV visas available for DV-2014. Because it is 
    likely that some of the first 50,000 persons who are selected will not 
    qualify for visas or pursue their cases to visa issuance, more than 
    50,000 entries will be selected to ensure that all of the available DV 
    visas are issued. However, this also means that there will not be a 
    sufficient number of visas for all those who are initially selected. 
    All applicants who are selected will be able to see whether they have 
    been selected for further processing and their place on the list by 
    checking the E-DV Web site's Entrant Status Check. Interviews for the 
    DV-2014 program will begin in October 2013 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 Web site's Entrant Status Check four-to-
    six weeks before the scheduled interviews with U.S. consular officers 
    at overseas posts. Each month, visas will be issued to those applicants 
    who are ready for issuance during that month, visa-number availability 
    permitting. Once all of the 50,000 DV visas have been issued, the 
    program will end. In principle, visa numbers could be finished before 
    September 2014. Selected applicants who wish to receive visas must be 
    prepared to act promptly on their cases. Random selection 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, and if qualified, 
    issued a Diversity Visa. Only the first 50,000 selected applicants to 
    qualify will be issued visas.
    
    20. Is there a minimum age for applicants to apply for the E-DV 
    program?
    
        There is no minimum age to apply for the program, 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. Parents and siblings are 
    ineligible to receive DV visas as dependents, and should not be 
    included in the entry of the principal applicant.
    
    21. Are there any fees for the E-DV program?
    
        There is no fee for submitting an electronic entry. DV applicants 
    must pay all required visa fees at the time of visa application and 
    interview directly to the consular cashier at the U.S. Embassy or 
    Consulate. Selected individuals who adjust status while in the United 
    States will pay all required fees directly to USCIS. Details of 
    required DV and immigrant visa application fees will be included with 
    the instructions provided to applicants who are selected.
    
    22. If I am selected and apply for the DV, but do not qualify to 
    receive one, can I get a refund of the visa fees I paid?
    
        Visa fees cannot be refunded. DV applicants must meet all 
    qualifications for the visa as detailed in these instructions. If a 
    consular officer determines an applicant does not meet requirements for 
    the visa, or is otherwise ineligible for the DV under U.S. law, the 
    officer cannot issue a visa and the applicant will forfeit all fees 
    paid.
    
    23. Do DV applicants receive waivers of any grounds of visa 
    ineligibility or receive special processing for a waiver application?
    
        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 as 
    well, but the time constraints in the DV program will make it difficult 
    for applicants to benefit from such provisions.
    
    24. May persons who are already registered for an immigrant visa in 
    another category apply for the DV program?
    
        Yes, such persons may apply for the DV program.
    
    25. How long do applicants who are selected remain entitled to apply 
    for visas in the DV category?
    
        Persons selected in the DV-2014 program are entitled to apply for 
    visa issuance only during U.S. government Fiscal Year 2014, which spans 
    from October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014. 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, 2014 (the end of the fiscal year). Also, 
    spouses and children who derive status from a DV-2014 registration can 
    only obtain visas in the DV category between October 1, 2013 and 
    September 30, 2014. Applicants who apply overseas will receive an 
    appointment notification from the Department through Entrant Status 
    Check on the E-DV Web site four to six weeks before the scheduled 
    appointment.
    
    26. If an E-DV selectee dies, what happens to the DV case?
    
        The death of a DV selectee results in automatic revocation of the 
    DV case. Any eligible spouse and/or children will no longer be entitled 
    to a DV visa for that entry.
    
    27. When will E-DV be available online?
    
        Online entry will be available during RegPeriod the registration 
    period beginning at noon EDT (GMT-4) on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, and 
    ending at noon EDT (GMT-4) on Saturday, November 3, 2012.
    
    28. Will I be able to download and save the E-Dv Entry Form to a 
    Microsoft Word Program (or other suitable program) and then fill it 
    out?
    
        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. This makes it more ``universal'' than a proprietary word 
    processor format. Additionally, it does require that the information be 
    filled in and submitted while online.
    
    29. If I don't have access to a scanner, can I send photographs to my 
    relative in the United States to scan the photographs, save the 
    photographs to a diskette, and then mail the diskette back to me to 
    apply?
    
        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. The applicants must already have the scanned 
    photograph file when they submit the entry online. The photograph 
    cannot be submitted separately from the online application. Only one 
    online entry can be submitted for each person. Multiple submissions 
    will disqualify the entry for that person for DV-2014. The entire entry 
    (photograph and application together) can be submitted electronically 
    from the United States or from overseas.
    
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    30. Can I save the Form online so that I can fill out part and then 
    come back later and complete the remainder?
    
        No. The E-DV Entry Form is designed to be completed and submitted 
    at one time. However, because the form is in two parts, and because of 
    possible network interruptions and delays, the E-DV system is designed 
    to permit up to sixty (60) minutes between the form's download and when 
    the entry is received at the E-DV Web site. If more than sixty minutes 
    have elapsed and the entry has not been electronically received, the 
    information already received is discarded. This is done so that there 
    is no possibility that a full entry could accidentally be interpreted 
    as a duplicate of a previous partial entry. The DV-2014 instructions 
    explain clearly and completely what information is required to fill in 
    the form. Thus, you can be fully prepared, making sure you have all of 
    the information needed before you start to complete the form online.
    
    31. If the submitted digital images do not conform to the 
    specifications, the procedures state that the system will automatically 
    reject the E-DV entry form and notify the sender. Does this mean I will 
    be able re-submit my entry?
    
        Since the entry was automatically rejected, it was not actually 
    considered as a submission to the E-DV Web site, so, yes, the entry can 
    be resubmitted. It does not count as a submitted E-DV entry, and no 
    confirmation notice of receipt is sent. If there are problems with the 
    digital photograph sent, because it does not conform to the 
    requirements, it is automatically rejected by the E-DV Web site. 
    However, the amount of time it takes the rejection message to reach the 
    sender is unpredictable, given the nature of the Internet. If the 
    applicant can fix the error, and the Form Part One or Two is re-sent 
    within sixty (60) minutes, there is no problem. Otherwise, the 
    applicant will have to restart the submission process. An applicant can 
    try to submit an application as many times as is necessary until a 
    complete application is received and the confirmation notice sent.
    
    32. Will the electronic confirmation notice that the completed E-DV 
    entry form has been received through the online system be sent 
    immediately after submission?
    
        The response from the E-DV Web site which contains confirmation of 
    the receipt of an acceptable E-DV Entry Form is sent by the E-DV Web 
    site immediately. However, the amount of time it takes the response to 
    reach the sender is unpredictable, given the nature of the Internet and 
    email systems. If many minutes have elapsed since pressing the 
    ``Submit'' button, there is no harm in pressing the ``Submit'' button a 
    second time. The E-DV system will not be confused by a situation where 
    the ``Submit'' button is hit a second time, because no confirmation 
    response has been received. An applicant can try to submit an 
    application as many times as is necessary until a complete application 
    is received and the confirmation notice sent. However, once you receive 
    a confirmation notice, do not resubmit your information.
    
    33. How do I report Internet fraud or unsolicited email?
    
        If you wish to file a complaint about Internet fraud, please see 
    the econsumer.gov Web site, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, in 
    cooperation with consumer-protection agencies from 17 nations (http://www.econsumer.gov/english). You may also report fraud to the Federal 
    Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center. To file 
    a complaint about unsolicited email, visit the Department of Justice 
    Contact Us page.
    
    34. If I am successful in obtaining a visa through the DV program, will 
    the U.S. government assist with my airfare to the United States, 
    provide assistance to locate housing and employment, provide 
    healthcare, or provide any subsidies until I am fully settled?
    
        No, applicants who obtain a DV are not provided any type of 
    assistance such as airfare, housing assistance, or subsidies. If you 
    are selected to apply for a DV, you will be required to provide 
    evidence that you will not become a public charge in the United States 
    before being issued a visa. This evidence may be in the form of a 
    combination of your personal assets, an Affidavit of Support (Form I-
    134) from a relative or friend residing in the United States, and/or an 
    offer of employment from an employer in the United States.
    
    List of Countries/Areas by Region Whose Natives Are Eligible for DV-
    2014
    
        The list below shows the countries whose natives are eligible for 
    DV-2014, grouped by geographic region. Dependent areas overseas are 
    included within the region of the governing country. The countries 
    whose natives are not eligible for the DV-2014 program were identified 
    by USCIS, 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
    Cape 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
    Nigeria
    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 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.
    Asia
    Afghanistan
    
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    Bahrain
    Bhutan
    Brunei
    Burma
    Cambodia
    East Timor
    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
    Indonesia
    Iran
    Iraq
    Israel
    Japan
    Jordan
    Kuwait
    Laos
    Lebanon
    Malaysia
    Maldives
    Mongolia
    Nepal
    North Korea
    Oman
    Qatar
    Saudi Arabia
    Singapore
    Sri Lanka
    Syria
    Taiwan
    Thailand
    United Arab Emirates
    Yemen
    
        Natives of the following Asia Region countries are not eligible for 
    this year's diversity program:
        Bangladesh, China (mainland-born), India, Pakistan, South Korea, 
    Philippines, and Vietnam. Hong Kong S.A.R., Macau S.A.R., and Taiwan do 
    qualify and are listed above.
        Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by 
    Israel, Jordan, and Syria are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, 
    Jordan, and Syria. 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.
    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
    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
    
        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, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, 
    Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, and Turks and Caicos 
    Islands. Note that for purposes of the diversity program only, Northern 
    Ireland is treated separately; Northern Ireland does qualify and is 
    listed among the qualifying areas.
    North America
    The Bahamas
        In North America, natives of Canada and Mexico are not eligible for 
    this year's diversity 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
    Solomon Islands
    Tonga
    Tuvalu
    Vanuatu
    Samoa
    South America, Central America, and the Caribbean
    Antigua and Barbuda
    Argentina
    Barbados
    Belize
    Bolivia
    Chile
    Costa Rica
    Cuba
    Dominica
    Grenada
    Guatemala
    Guyana
    Honduras
    Nicaragua
    Panama
    Paraguay
    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 diversity program:
        Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, 
    Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru.
    
        Dated: September 14, 2012.
    Janice Jacobs,
     Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Department of State.
    [FR Doc. 2012-23934 Filed 9-27-12; 8:45 am]
    BILLING CODE 4710-06-P
    
    
    
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