Nigerians Barred From US Visa Lottery

Nigerians and citizens from few other countries are not eligible for DV-2015 since over 50,000 Nigerians had immigrated into the United States in the last five years. Other countries not eligible are Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

However, many African countries will continue to enjoy the programme. They include: like Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia and Ghana. Others are Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles and Sierra Leone. Diversity visas are said to be distributed among six geographic regions, while no single country could receive more than seven per cent of the available space in any year. Already, advertsiements for the 2015 US DV lottery have started with several businesses inviting Nigerians to apply for the program. Applications for the 2015 US DV lottery is expected to take off from October 1, 2013. In 2012, 14,769, 658 persons were said to have qualified worldwide for the US DV lottery among the 19, 672, 269 which applied.

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