INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2010 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM (DV-2010)
The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department
of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the
Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 and provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity
immigrants.” Section 203(c) of the INA provides a maximum of 55,000 Diversity Visas (DV) each fiscal year to be made
available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A
computer-generated, random lottery drawing chooses selectees for diversity visas. The visas are distributed among six
geographic regions, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas
going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. over the period of the past five years.
Within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one
For DV-2010, 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-2010, Russia has returned to the list of eligible countries. Kosovo has also been added to the list of eligible
countries. No countries have been removed from the list of eligible countries for DV-2010.
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