Nigerians Barred from the 2022 US Visa Lottery

The US government has issued a document barring Nigerians from participating in the 2022 American Visa Lottery. It observed that more than 50,000 Nigerians have migrated to the United States in the last five years.

The 19-page document entitled ‘Instructions for the 2022 diversity immigrant visa program (dv-2022)’ was published on the US website on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

The document read in part, ‘In Africa, natives of Nigeria are not eligible for this year’s Diversity Visa program.’

However, natives from other African countries are eligible to apply, but ‘persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria’.

This was put in place ‘because there is a numerical limitation on immigrants who enter from a country or geographic region, each individual is charged to a country. Your chargeability refers to the country towards which limitation you count. Your country of eligibility will normally will be the same as your country of birth.’

In reference to 2015, more than three million entries were received from Nigerians for the DV lottery in 2013 and 2014.

Within the same two-year period before 2015, Nigerians, among other Africans were issued the second highest number of slots in the DV lottery

It further stated that, ‘Applicants who are selected in the program (selectees) must meet simple but strict eligibility requirements to qualify for a diversity visa. The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing. The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.’

‘For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.’

Also, ‘Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.’ The US document stated.

Adenike Omosanya

Nigerians Barred from the 2022 US Visa Lottery

The US government has issued a document barring Nigerians from participating in the 2022 American Visa Lottery. It observed that more than 50,000 Nigerians have migrated to the United States in the last five years.

The 19-page document entitled ‘Instructions for the 2022 diversity immigrant visa program (dv-2022)’ was published on the US website on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

The document read in part, ‘In Africa, natives of Nigeria are not eligible for this year’s Diversity Visa program.’

However, natives from other African countries are eligible to apply, but ‘persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria’.

This was put in place ‘because there is a numerical limitation on immigrants who enter from a country or geographic region, each individual is charged to a country. Your chargeability refers to the country towards which limitation you count. Your country of eligibility will normally will be the same as your country of birth.’

In reference to 2015, more than three million entries were received from Nigerians for the DV lottery in 2013 and 2014.

Within the same two-year period before 2015, Nigerians, among other Africans were issued the second highest number of slots in the DV lottery

It further stated that, ‘Applicants who are selected in the program (selectees) must meet simple but strict eligibility requirements to qualify for a diversity visa. The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing. The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.’

‘For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.’

Also, ‘Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.’ The US document stated.

Adenike Omosanya

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