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06.08.2004 General News

US Visa Lottery 2005 Results - 3,974 Ghanaians Qualify

By US Department of states

The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky, has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2005 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 100,000 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-2005 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2005 (October 1, 2004 until September 30, 2005).

Applicants registered for the DV-2005 program were selected at random from more than 9.5 million qualified entries received during the 60-day application period that ran from 12:00 AM on November 1, 2003, until midnight, December 30, 2003. 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 2005 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2005 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2005 registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2005 principal applicants are entitled to derivative diversity visa status only until September 30, 2005.

Only participants in the DV-2005 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-2006 lottery if they wish. The dates for the registration period for the DV-2006 lottery program will be widely publicized during August 2004.

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* 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-2005 program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA 1,489 ERITREA 556 NAMIBIA 11 ANGOLA 14 ETHIOPIA 6,060 NIGER 53 BENIN 233 GABON 29 NIGERIA 6,725 BOTSWANA 7 GAMBIA, THE 136 RWANDA 51 BURKINA FASO 76 GHANA 3,974 SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE 0 BURUNDI 34 GUINEA 268 SENEGAL 409 CAMEROON 1,540 GUINEA-BISSAU 3 SEYCHELLES 4 CAPE VERDE 6 KENYA 3,618 SIERRA LEONE 594 CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. 4 LESOTHO 0 SOMALIA 364 CHAD 22 LIBERIA 714 SOUTH AFRICA 390 COMOROS 3 LIBYA 35 SUDAN 1,015 CONGO 47 MADAGASCAR 28 SWAZILAND 6 CONGO, DEMOCRATIC MALAWI 44 TANZANIA 356 REPUBLIC OF THE 844 MALI 124 TOGO 2,857 COTE D'IVOIRE 321 MAURITANIA 25 TUNISIA 134 DJIBOUTI 12 MAURITIUS 23 UGANDA 244 EGYPT 6,070 MOROCCO 5,298 ZAMBIA 118 EQUATORIAL GUINEA 2 MOZAMBIQUE 12 ZIMBABWE 141

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN 22 IRAQ 48 NEPAL 2,698 BAHRAIN 1 ISRAEL 116 OMAN 0 BANGLADESH 7,404 JAPAN 373 QATAR 1 BHUTAN 1 JORDAN 44 SAUDI ARABIA 30 BRUNEI 1 NORTH KOREA 1 SINGAPORE 35 BURMA 531 KUWAIT 16 SRI LANKA 386 CAMBODIA 164 LAOS 4 SYRIA 26 HONG KONG SPECIAL LEBANON 83 THAILAND 102 ADMIN. REGION 77 MALAYSIA 87 TAIWAN 367 INDONESIA 258 MALDIVES 0 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 13 IRAN 820 MONGOLIA 55 YEMEN 40

EUROPE

ALBANIA 3,380 GEORGIA 375 NORTHERN IRELAND 75 ANDORRA 1 GERMANY 1,275 NORWAY 25 ARMENIA 1,004 GREECE 78 POLAND 6,211 AUSTRIA 91 HUNGARY 181 PORTUGAL 51 AZERBAIJAN 235 ICELAND 5 Macau 12 BELARUS 925 IRELAND 205 ROMANIA 2,521 BELGIUM 81 ITALY 202 SAN MARINO 0 BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 103 KAZAKHSTAN 296 SERBIA & MONTENEGRO 425 BULGARIA 4,068 KYRGYZSTAN 206 SLOVAKIA 398 CROATIA 69 LATVIA 158 SLOVENIA 6 CYPRUS 14 LIECHTENSTEIN 1 SPAIN 134 CZECH REPUBLIC 169 LITHUANIA 1,114 SWEDEN 115 DENMARK 42 LUXEMBOURG 2 SWITZERLAND 136 ESTONIA 64 MACEDONIA, FORMER TAJIKISTAN 83 FINLAND 59 YUGOSLAV REP. OF 306 TURKEY 1,803 FRANCE 384 MALTA 0 TURKMENISTAN 78 French Southern & MOLDOVA 383 UKRAINE 5,361 Antarctic Lands 1 MONACO 0 UZBEKISTAN 1,551 Martinique 2 NETHERLANDS 130 VATICAN CITY 0 New Caledonia 1 Netherlands Antilles 10 Reunion 3 Aruba 2

NORTH AMERICA

Bahamas, The 14

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA 787 NAURU 0 SAMOA 6 Cocos Islands 2 NEW ZEALAND 290 SOLOMON ISLANDS 1 FIJI 530 Cook Islands 0 TONGA 96 KIRIBATI 0 Niue 1 TUVALU 0 MARSHALL ISLANDS 0 PALAU 2 VANUATU 0 MICRONESIA, FEDERATED PAPUA NEW GUINEA 5 STATES OF 0

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 4 DOMINICA 8 PERU 2,514 ARGENTINA 221 ECUADOR 308 SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS 3 BARBADOS 12 GRENADA 7 SAINT LUCIA 4 BELIZE 3 GUATEMALA 25 SAINT VINCENT AND BOLIVIA 108 GUYANA 27 THE GRENADINES 14 BRAZIL 592 HONDURAS 35 SURINAME 3 CHILE 43 NICARAGUA 14 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 96 COSTA RICA 24 PANAMA 17 URUGUAY 18 CUBA 674 PARAGUAY 14 VENEZUELA 299

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2005

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