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Ghana Maintains Lead in Highest Number of Diversity Visa Lottery Winners

July 28, 2010 | Posted In Recent News - Immigration


With 6,002 winners, the African nation of Ghana once again had the highest number of winners in the Diversity Visa lottery issued by the US State Department for 2010.  In second place was Nigeria, with 6000 winners.

The Diversity Visa lottery is also known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, and is initiated every year by the State Department.  These visas are issued to individuals in those countries that have typically low rates of immigration into the US.   Approximately, 50,000 of these visas are issued annually in the US.  These are chosen from a random selection of individuals from those countries that are underrepresented in immigration to the US.    Also, the Diversity Visa lottery is not conducted through the US Customs and Immigration Services which takes care of other visa and immigration matters, but through the US State Department.

To be eligible for inclusion in this lottery program, individuals must have a high school education or the equivalent of a high school education.  They must also submit proof of having worked for two years in any occupation.  The occupation that they have worked in must require at least two years of training. Besides, there are other restrictions.  A person who wishes to avail of the diversity visa must not be out of status in the United States.  People on a diversity visa must be admissible to the United States.

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