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U.S. Department of State Announces 2004 Diversity Visa Program

The U.S. Department of State has published instructions for the 2004 Diversity Visa program. DV-2004 will make permanent residence visas available to up to 55,000 persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. Applicants for Diversity Visas are chosen by a computer-generated random lottery drawing. 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 citizens of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the past five years. Within each region, no one country may receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one year.

For DV-2004, individuals born on Taiwan are eligible to participate in the lottery. Individuals born in mainland China, with the exception of those born in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and Macau SAR, are not eligible to participate. An individual who qualifies for a diversity visa will be able to apply together with his or her spouse and children under the age of 21 regardless of their place of birth.

Entries for the DV-2004 diversity visa lottery must be received at the Kentucky Consular Center between noon on Monday, October 7, 2002, and noon on Wednesday, November 6, 2002. Entries received before or after these dates will be disqualified regardless of when they are postmarked. Also, entries mailed to any address other than the Kentucky Consular Center will be disqualified.

Any entries received at the American Institute in Taiwan will be disqualified. All entries must be mailed to a specific address at the Kentucky Consular Center in the United States.

Detailed instructions on how to prepare an entry are available from the AIT caller pays fax-on-demand visa information service at 0204-58958, from the AIT visa information window on Hsinyi Road, and on the internet at No fee is required to enter the visa lottery.