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Press Statement by James B. Foley/Deputy Spokesman
May 6, 1998

Results of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-99)
The National Visa Center at Portsmouth, New Hampshire has registered and notified the winners of the DV-99 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. Almost 90,000 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-99 numbers will be used during fiscal year 1999 (October 1, 1998 until September 30, 1999).
Applicants registered for the DV-99 program were selected at random from the approximately 3.4 million qualified entries received during the one-month application period which ran from noon on October 24, 1997 through noon on November 24, 1997. An additional 2.4 million applications received inside and outside of the mail-in period were disqualified for failing to properly follow directions.
The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions with a maximum of 3,500 visas (7% of the *50,000 total) 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 Immigration and Naturalization Service for information on the requirements and procedures. Once the total *50,000 visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 1999 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 1999 will derive no further benefit from their DV-99 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-99 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 1999.
Only participants in the DV-99 program who were selected for further processing have been notified. Those who have not received notification were not selected and may wish to try for next year's DV-2000 lottery. The dates for the mail-in period for the DV-2000 lottery are scheduled from noon on October 1, 1998 until noon on October 31, 1998. Instructions on entering the DV-2000 program will be widely publicized some time in August 1998.

*The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NCARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulates that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as necessary, 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be made available for use under the NCARA program.
The following is the statistical breakdown by foreign state chargeability of those registered for the DV-99 program:

Algeria 1,378 Eritrea 470 Namibia 5
Angola 15 Ethiopia 3,092 Niger 21
Benin 60 Gabon 12 Nigeria 5,443
Botswana 1 Gambia, The 205 Rwanda 75
Burkina Faso 41 Ghana 5,531 Sao Tome And Principe 0
Burundi 32 Guinea 311 Senegal 479
Cameroon 1,164 Guinea-Bissau 1 Seychelles 2
Cape Verde 17 Kenya 1,328 Sierra Leone 1,008
Central African Rep. 5Lesotho 0 Somalia 728
Chad 24 Liberia 1,218 South Africa 446
Comoros 1 Libya 40 Sudan 2,574
Congo 48 Madagascar 21 Swaziland 8
Congo, Democratic
Republic of The 301
Malawi 81 Tanzania 357
Cote D'ivoire 394Mali 174 Togo 527
Djibouti 4 Mauritania 38 Tunisia 112
Egypt 3,558 Mauritius 33 Uganda 215
Equatorial Guinea 5Morocco 2,606 Zambia 70
Mozambique 5 Zimbabwe 87

Afghanistan 145 Iraq 79 Nepal 226
Bahrain 1 Israel 114 Oman 1
Bangladesh 5,031 Japan 448 Pakistan 3,470
Bhutan 0 Jordan 114 Qatar 0
Brunei 0 North Korea 3 Saudi Arabia 11
Burma 373 Kuwait 18 Singapore 19
Cambodia 62 Laos 5 Sri Lanka 322
Hong Kong Special
Admin. Region 267
Lebanon 48 Syria 60
Indonesia 241 Malaysia 69 Thailand 84
Iran 462 Maldives 4 United Arab Emirates 1
Mongolia 8 Yemen 133

Albania 4,482 Greece 92 Northern Ireland 124
Andorra 0 Hungary 219 Norway 63
Armenia 1,068 Iceland 28 Portugal 177
--Macau 54
Austria 151 Ireland 652 Romania 3,693
Azerbaijan 414Italy 540 Russia 4,415
Belarus 725Kazakhstan 511 San Marino 0
Belgium 114 Kyrgyzstan 161 Serbia-Montenegro 510
Bosnia And Herzegovina 88 Latvia 193 Slovakia 458
Bulgaria 4,181 Liechtenstein 11 Slovenia 18
Croatia 152 Lithuania 1,139 Spain 133
Cyprus 38 Luxembourg 7 Sweden 298
Czech Republic 208Macedonia, Former
Yugoslav Rep. Of 274
Switzerland 480
Denmark 85 Malta 9Tajikistan 97
Estonia 108 Moldova 334 Turkey 1,450
Finland 133 Monaco 0 Turkmenistan 34
France 602
--Martinique 1
--Guadeloupe 1
Netherlands 188
--Aruba 9
--Netherlands Antilles 8
Ukraine 5,047
Georgia 381Uzbekistan 663
Germany 2,972 Vatican City 0

Bahamas, The 14 Nauru 0 Solomon Islands 0
OceaniaNew Zealand 213 Tonga 96
Australia 389 Palau 0 Tuvalu 0
Fiji 724 Papua New Guinea 5 Vanuatu 0
Kiribati 0 Samoa 15
Marshall Islands 2
Micronesia, Federated
States of 0

Antigua And Barbuda 2Grenada 37 Saint Lucia 7
Argentina 229 Guatemala 223 Saint Vincent And
The Grenadines 9
Barbados 16Guyana 119 Suriname 22
Belize 7 Haiti 185 Trinidad And Tobago 270
Bolivia 46 Honduras 79 Uruguay 28
Brazil 393 Nicaragua 62 Venezuela 196
Chile 69 Panama 41
Costa Rica 89 Paraguay 15
Cuba 985 Peru 612
Dominica 16 Saint Kitts And Nevis 3
Ecuador 345

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-99: Canada, China (mainland and Taiwan, except Hong Kong S.A.R.), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Jamaica, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
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