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Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery

Queens Library is facilitating the process for immigrants wanting to apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery (DV-2018). Customers wishing to fill out the application at the library should sign-up for a one hour PC, if available. The application (composed of three parts) may require more than 30 minutes to complete. General instructions are available at: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/diversity-visa/instructions.html

Diversity Visa Application Assistance Flyer

Additional help to guide applicants is available here.

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State under the guidelines set by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Act makes available up to 55,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Eligible applicants for Diversity Visas are chosen by a computer-generated random lottery drawing.

LIST OF COUNTRIES/AREAS BY REGION WHOSE NATIVES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR DV-2018

LIST OF COUNTRIES/AREAS BY REGION WHOSE NATIVES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR DV-2018

The list below shows the countries whose natives are eligible for DV-2018, grouped by geographic region. Dependent areas overseas are included within the region of the governing country. The countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV-2018 program according to the formula in Section 203(c) of the INA. The countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV program (because they are the principal source countries of Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based immigration or “high-admission” countries) are noted after the respective regional lists.

AFRICA

Algeria Liberia
Angola Libya
Benin Madagascar
Botswana Malawi
Burkina Faso Mali
Burundi Mauritius
Cameroon Morocco
Cape Verde Mozambique
Central African Republic Namibia
Chad Niger
Comoros Rwanda
Congo Sao Tome & Principe
Congo, Democratic Republic of the Senegal
Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Seychelles
Djibouti Sierra Leone
Egypt* Somalia
Equatorial Guinea South Africa
Eritrea South Sudan
Ethiopia Sudan
Gabon Swaziland
Gambia, The Tanzania
Ghana Togo
Guinea Tunisia
Guinea-Bissau Uganda
Kenya Zambia
Lesotho Zimbabwe

* 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.

In Africa, natives of Nigeria are not eligible for this year’s diversity program.


ASIA

Afghanistan Burma
Bahrain Cambodia
Bhutan Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region**
Brunei Indonesia
Iran North Korea
Iraq Oman
Israel Qatar
Japan Saudi Arabia
Jordan* Singapore
Kuwait Sri Lanka
Laos Syria*
Lebanon Taiwan**
Malaysia Thailand
Maldives Timor-Leste
Mongolia United Arab Emirates
Nepal Yemen

*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.

**Hong Kong S.A.R. (Asia region), Macau S.A.R. (Europe region, chargeable to Portugal), and Taiwan (Asia region) do qualify and are listed here. For the purposes of the diversity program only, persons born in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal, and must select Portugal as their country of eligibility.

Natives of the following Asia Region countries are not eligible for this year’s Diversity Visa program: Bangladesh, China (mainland-born), India, Pakistan, South Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam.

EUROPE

Albania Lithuania
Andorra Luxembourg
Armenia Macau
Special Administrative Region**
Austria Macedonia
Azerbaijan Malta
Belarus Moldova
Belgium Monaco
Bosnia and Herzegovina Montenegro
Bulgaria Netherlands
(including components and dependent areas overseas)
Croatia Northern Ireland***
Cyprus Norway
Czech Republic Poland
Denmark
(including components and dependent areas overseas)
Portugal (including components and dependent areas overseas)
Estonia Romania
Finland Russia
France
(including components and dependent areas overseas)
San Marino
Georgia Serbia
Germany Slovakia
Greece Slovenia
Hungary Spain
Iceland Sweden
Ireland Switzerland
Italy Tajikistan
Kazakhstan Turkey
Kosovo Turkmenistan
Kyrgyzstan Ukraine
Latvia Uzbekistan
Liechtenstein Vatican City

**Macau S.A.R. does qualify and is listed above and for the purposes of the diversity program only; persons born in Macau S.A.R. derive eligibility from Portugal, and must select Portugal as their country of eligibility.

***For purposes of the diversity program only, Northern Ireland is treated separately. Northern Ireland does qualify and is listed among the qualifying areas.

Natives of the following European countries are not eligible for this year’s DV program: Great Britain (United Kingdom). Great Britain (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St. Helena, and Turks and Caicos Islands.


NORTH AMERICA

The Bahamas  

In North America, natives of Canada and Mexico are not eligible for this year’s diversity program.


OCEANIA

Australia
(including components and dependent areas overseas)
Palau
Fiji Papua New Guinea
Kiribati Solomon Islands
Marshall Islands Tonga
Micronesia, Federated States of Tuvalu
Nauru Vanuatu
New Zealand
(including components and dependent areas overseas)
 


SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

Antigua and Barbuda Honduras
Argentina Nicaragua
Barbados Panama
Belize Paraguay
Bolivia Saint Kitts and Nevis
Chile Saint Lucia
Costa Rica Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Cuba Suriname
Dominica Trinidad and Tobago
Ecuador Grenada
Uruguay Guatemala
Venezuela Guyana

Countries in this region whose natives are not eligible for this year’s diversity program:
Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru

Application Guidelines

  • Must meet the education or training requirement (high school education or its equivalent or two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform).
  • Must be electronically submitted (no paper applications accepted) at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov
  • Must be submitted between noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, October 4, 2016 and noon, Eastern Standard Time, Monday, November 7, 2016.
  • Only one application submitted per person (person will be disqualified if more than one application is received).
  • Must submit individual digital photo(s) online. Use photo validator to see if photo meets guidelines. https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/photos.html

Applicants for the DIVERSITY VISA (GREEN CARD) LOTTERY who need special assistance to scan photos will be able to go to the following Queens Library locations in the fall of 2016:

Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica
Mondays and Thursdays 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
October 6th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 27th, 31st, and November 3rd

Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
Mondays and Thursdays 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
October 6th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 27th, 31st, and November 3rd

Queens Library at Jackson Heights, 35-51 81st St., Jackson Heights
Thursdays 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, and November 3rd
Mondays 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
October 17th, 24th, 31st

Queens Library at Long Island City, 37-44 21 Street, Long Island City
Mondays 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
October 17th, 24th, 31st
Thursdays 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, and November 3rd

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide a photo that meets visa program guidelines. Detailed information is available at the following website:

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery (includes application instructions as well as application form) https://www.dvlottery.state.gov

Additional assistance is available from

  • 311, the City’s 24-hour service information line to request names of immigration service providers or file a complaint regarding potential scams. Operators at 311 can speak 171 languages and are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
  • Queens Library computers are available for applicants’ use at all locations during regular opening hours.

 

 

For further information, please contact:
New Americans Program
Queens Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11432

Tel: (718) 990-0894
Fax: (718) 990-8626
E-mail: napref@queenslibrary.org