DV Instruction and 2010 Results

Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Instructions

The online entry registration period for the DV-2011 Diversity Visa lottery is between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Friday, October 2, 2009, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Monday, November 30, 2009. Entrants apply on Form DS-5501, Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form available only during the DV open registration period. Review the DV-2011 Instructions below for more information.

Additional Languages (all translations are in .pdf format)

The English language version of the DV-2010 Lottery Instructions is the only official version. Some unofficial translations in additional languages will be published and will be added to this page as they become available. Check this webpage at a later time for additional available translations.

Note: If you do not see instructions in your native language, please see the U.S. Embassy website to find out whether your country may have additional Diversity Visa information.

Diversity Visa Program Information

See the Diversity Visa Program webpage for information about:

  • Important fraud warning;
  • DV qualifying occupations;
  • DV 2010 Status Check – Entrants who previously completed online DV 2010 entry through the official website can check the status of their entry at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov
  • Results for DV-2010 Lottery – DV-2010 lottery winners were already notified by mail and will provided further instructions. Those selected in the random drawing are NOT notified by email. Those individuals NOT selected will NOT receive any notification.

Diversity Visa Lottery 2010 (DV-2010) Results

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2010 diversity lottery.  The diversity lottery was conducted under the terms of section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and makes available *50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.  Approximately 102,800 applicants have been registered and notified and may now make an application for an immigrant visa. Since it is likely that some of the first *50,000 persons registered will not pursue their cases to visa issuance, this larger figure should insure that all DV-2010 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2010 (October 1, 2009 until September 30, 2010).

Applicants registered for the DV-2010 program were selected at random from over 13.6 million qualified entries received during the 60 day application period that ran from noon on October 2, 2008, until noon, December 1, 2008.  The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions with a maximum of seven percent available to persons born in any single country.  During the visa interview, principal applicants must provide proof of a high school education or its equivalent, or show two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience within the past five years.  Those selected will need to act on their immigrant visa applications quickly.  Applicants should follow the instructions in their notification letter and must fully complete the information requested.

Registrants living legally in the United States who wish to apply for adjustment of their status must contact the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services for information on the requirements and procedures.  Once the total *50,000 visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 2010 will end.  Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2010 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2010 registration.  Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2010 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2010.

Only participants in the DV-2010 program who were selected for further processing have been notified.  Those who have not received notification were not selected.  They may try for the upcoming DV-2011 lottery if they wish.  The dates for the registration period for the DV-2011 lottery program will be widely publicized during August 2009.

* The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulated that up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas be made available for use under the NACARA program.  The reduction of the limit of available visas to 50,000 began with DV-2000.

The following is the statistical breakdown by foreign-state chargeability of those registered for the DV-2010 program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA

1,957

ETHIOPIA

5,200

NIGER

56

ANGOLA

46

GABON

19

NIGERIA

6,006

BENIN

369

GAMBIA, THE

108

RWANDA

178

BOTSWANA

23

GHANA

8,752

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

0

BURKINA FASO

184

GUINEA

737

SENEGAL

520

BURUNDI

83

GUINEA-BISSAU

8

SEYCHELLES

4

CAMEROON

3,719

KENYA

4,619

SIERRA LEONE

3,898

CAPE VERDE

6

LESOTHO

2

SOMALIA

229

CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.

20

LIBERIA

2,172

SOUTH AFRICA

863

CHAD

27

LIBYA

152

SUDAN

1,084

COMOROS

9

MADAGASCAR

31

SWAZILAND

11

CONGO

92

MALAWI

50

TANZANIA

221

CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE

1,817

MALI

129

TOGO

827

COTE D’IVOIRE

658

MAURITANIA

20

TUNISIA

164

DJIBOUTI

33

MAURITIUS

78

UGANDA

396

EGYPT

4,201

MOROCCO

3,124

WESTERN SAHARA

0

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

15

MOZAMBIQUE

8

ZAMBIA

93

ERITREA

799

NAMIBIA

16

ZIMBABWE

170

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN

345

ISRAEL

99

OMAN

2

BAHRAIN

15

JAPAN

302

QATAR

13

BANGLADESH

6,001

JORDAN

143

SAUDI ARABIA

104

BHUTAN

2

NORTH KOREA

3

SINGAPORE

37

BRUNEI

0

KUWAIT

70

SRI LANKA

650

BURMA

473

LAOS

3

SYRIA

98

CAMBODIA

359

LEBANON

181

TAIWAN

368

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMIN. REGION

49

MALAYSIA

60

THAILAND

54

INDONESIA

277

MALDIVES

0

TIMOR-LESTE

0

IRAN

2,773

MONGOLIA

144

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

30

IRAQ

142

NEPAL

2,132

YEMEN

72

EUROPE

ALBANIA

2,311

GREECE

48

NEW CALEDONIA

0

ANDORRA

6

GREENLAND

2

NORTHERN IRELAND

31

ARMENIA

1,332

GUADELOUPE

13

NORWAY

60

ARUBA

16

HUNGARY

192

PORTUGAL

51

AUSTRIA

181

ICELAND

36

REUNION

5

AZERBAIJAN

324

IRELAND

167

ROMANIA

674

BELARUS

1,178

ITALY

470

RUSSIA

1,912

BELGIUM

117

KAZAKHSTAN

343

SAN MARINO

0

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

72

KYRGYZSTAN

205

SERBIA

367

BULGARIA

842

LATVIA

90

SLOVAKIA

108

CROATIA

74

LIECHTENSTEIN

0

SLOVENIA

19

CYPRUS

23

LITHUANIA

195

SPAIN

169

CZECH REPUBLIC

116

LUXEMBOURG

2

ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON

0

DENMARK

75

MACAU SPECIAL ADMIN REGION

17

SWEDEN

163

ESTONIA

66

MACEDONIA

272

SWITZERLAND

185

FINLAND

83

MALTA

7

TAJIKISTAN

178

FRANCE

703

MARTINIQUE

4

TURKEY

2,826

FRENCH GUIANA

4

MOLDOVA

724

TURKMENISTAN

108

FRENCH POLYNESIA

8

MONACO

0

UKRAINE

5,499

FRENCH SOUTHERN & ANTARCTIC LANDS

0

MONTENEGRO

13

UZBEKISTAN

4,059

GEORGIA

648

NETHERLANDS

200

VATICAN CITY

0

GERMANY

2,188

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

22

NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE

18

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA

705

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED    STATES OF

0

SOLOMON ISLANDS

3

CHRISTMAS ISLANDS

2

NAURU

3

TONGA

80

COCO ISLAND

0

NEW ZEALAND

258

TUVALU

1

COOK ISLANDS

0

NIUE

16

VANUATU

7

FIJI

674

PALAU

12

WESTERN SAMOA

26

KIRIBATI

1

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

15

MARSHALL ISLANDS

0

SAMOA

0

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

9

DOMINICA

18

SAINT LUCIA

19

ARGENTINA

188

GRENADA

9

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

9

BARBADOS

29

GUYANA

41

SURINAME

10

BELIZE

10

HONDURAS

82

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

226

BOLIVIA

142

NICARAGUA

50

URUGUAY

17

CHILE

53

PANAMA

39

VENEZUELA

624

COSTA RICA

74

PARAGUAY

29

CUBA

298

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

6

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2010: Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R., and Taiwan), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

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  1. Thanks for this opportunity provided for me.Am a cameroonian by nationality i will like to know when the next DV lotter shall be organise please may you endeavour to provide me with an updateand how to obtian the application forms.
    Thanks yours sincerely.

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