The much awaited Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery entry dates for the year 2012 have been announced and the application can be given from October 5, Wednesday noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT -4) to November 3, Tuesday, Eastern Standard time (GMT -5).
The Department of State conducts the DV lottery annually by congressional mandate as stipulated in Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) which is actually the amended version of Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649).
Specific requirements have to be met if an immigrant wishes to participate in the visa lottery program held this year. The details are as follows:
The applicant should belong to or be a native of countries that come under the list of ‘qualified countries’. The term Native of a country whose natives qualify usually refers to the country in which the applicant was born. However, there are other ways of qualification under this clause. If the person is born in a country whose natives are not eligible but his or her spouse belongs to a country whose natives are eligible then the applicant can enter the spouse’s country of birth. But, both of them should be issued with visas and should have entered the United States at the same time.
Another qualifying criterion is if the parents were born or resided in a country whose natives are eligible then the applicant qualifies even if the country he or she is born is not eligible for the visa lottery program.
The applicant should have some degree of education which should be a high school education or an equivalent one where the applicant should have completed study comprising of 12 years of both elementary and secondary level of education.
Or the applicant should possess two years experience in the past five years doing work which needs a training period of minimum two years or the experience to perform the work. The qualifying work experience is set and selected by the United States Labor Department based on the O*Net online information. If the educational or training criteria are not met the applicant should not consider applying as his entry will be rejected.
A latest color photo should be given in the form of an image file along with the filled visa lottery entry forms and uploaded.
Details like the name, date of birth, gender, city or place of birth, country of birth, mailing address, the country where you reside at present, phone number and e-mail address should be provided accurately.
Regarding the educational qualifications, details like the level of education received and the name of the institution or University if the candidate has finished the graduate degree course should be given.
The country name if nativity claim is on a country other than the place of birth of the candidate should be mentioned. Marital status, information of number of children with their photographs and other necessary details should be furnished. If any information you give is not proper then your visa application may be rejected. So take care to give appropriate details.