United States Diversity Visa Lottery

US Diversity Visa Lottery

Every year the office of International Student Affairs and Center for Immigration (ISACS) assists Queensborough Community College (QCC) students and Queens residents with their applications for the Diversity Visa Lottery (DV) from the U.S. Department of State.  Students and Queens residents can come to the ISACS office for information on how to apply online for the Visa Lottery, as well as assistance on filing the online application.  This service is provided free of charge.  The online application is also free.

The U.S. Department of State makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.  This is a Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.
According to the U.S. Department of State, for DV-2012, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the previous five years:

BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PHILIPPINES, PERU, POLAND, 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.
For DV-2012, Russia has returned to the list of eligible countries. Kosovo has also been added to the list of eligible countries.

The online entry registration period for the DV-2012 Diversity Visa lottery is between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 5, 2010, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Entrants apply on Form DS-5501, Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form, available only during the DV open registration period.

You can also get more information about the DV-2012 by visiting the following website of the U.S. Department of State:

DV Program Information

Diversity Visa Lottery Instructions (PDF)

Electronic DV-2012 Application (E-DV)

Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad

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Phone: 718-631-6611
Fax: 718-281-5140
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