Haitians and Jamaicans continue to be ineligible for US ‘Diversity Visas’

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Monday, September 24, 2012 – Haitians hoping to escape economic hardship by gaining legal entry into the United States are out of luck as they are among nationals not eligible to apply for the 2014 Diversity Visa (DV) Programme.

Jamaicans with dreams of receiving much coveted ‘green cards’ through this US visa programme are also again out of the running as the US Department of State said nationals from both these CARICOM countries are ineligible because more than 50,000 of their peers emigrated to the United States in the past five years.

Other ineligible countries are: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

The Visa Programme, more commonly known as the ‘green card lottery’, will open on October 2 and close on November 3.

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Programme is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

The INA provides a maximum of 55,000 Diversity Visas each fiscal year to be made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States, the State Department said.

It said 55,000 immigrant visas are set aside for DV immigrants.

“The annual DV programme makes visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements,” the State Department said.

“A computer-generated, random drawing chooses selectees for Diversity Visas,” it added, stating that the visas are distributed among six geographic regions, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the period of the past five years.

Successful entrants will receive instructions on how to apply for immigrant visas for themselves and their eligible family members. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)