U.S. Department of State – Priority Dates for Diversity Immigrant (DV) Category

Diversity Immigrant (DV)
Category


U.S. Department of State – Priority Dates
NOTE: This information has been obtained
from the Department of State visa bulletin.

OCTOBER 2006

Section 203(c) of the Immigration
and Nationality Act provides a maximum of up to 55,000 immigrant visas each
fiscal year to permit immigration opportunities for persons from countries
other than the principal sources of current immigration to the United States.
The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in
November 1997 stipulates that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as
necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be
made available for use under the NACARA program. This reduction has resulted
in the DV-2007 annual limit being reduced to 50,000.
DV visas are divided
among six geographic regions. No one country can receive more than seven
percent of the available diversity visas in any one year.

For October, immigrant numbers in
the DV category are available to qualified DV-2007 applicants chargeable to all
regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is
shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank
numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

Region

All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately

AFRICA

5,700
Except: Egypt
3,100

Ethiopia 3,500
Nigeria 2,700

ASIA

1,550

EUROPE

3,450

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)

4

OCEANIA

150

SOUTH AMERICA, and
the CARIBBEAN

225

Entitlement to immigrant status
in the DV category lasts only through the end of the fiscal (visa) year for
which the applicant is selected in the lottery. The year of entitlement for all
applicants registered for the DV-2007 program ends as of September 30, 2007. DV
visas may not be issued to DV-2007 applicants after that date. Similarly,
spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2007 principals are
only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2007. DV visa availability
through the very end of FY-2007 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be
exhausted prior to September 30.

ADVANCE NOTIFICATION OF THE
DIVERSITY (DV) IMMIGRANT CATEGORY RANK CUT-OFFS WHICH WILL APPLY IN NOVEMBER

For November, immigrant numbers
in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2007 applicants chargeable to
all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is
shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank
numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

Region

All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those listed Separately

AFRICA

8,500
Except: Egypt
5,600

Ethiopia 5,600
Nigeria 4,300

ASIA

2,600

EUROPE

5,700

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)

6

OCEANIA

280

SOUTH AMERICA, and
the CARIBBEAN

350

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