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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

U.S Department of State opens applications for the 2009 Diversity Visa Lottery Program

By the Office of the Spokesman, Washington, DC

Solomon Islanders who want to migrate to the United States of America can now register their online application for the 2009 Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which is opened for applicants, from today (Wednesday October 3) until December 2, 2007.

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the United States Department of State and conducted under the terms of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which provides for a class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants.

It is understood the INA provides a maximum of up to 55,000 Diversity Visas (DV) each fiscal year to be made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States, which included Solomon Islands as one of the eligible countries for the program within the Oceania region.

The annual DV program makes diversity immigrant visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated random lottery drawing chooses selectees for diversity visas. The visas, however, 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. Within each region, no one country may receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one year.

The minimum elibility criteria for the Diversity Visa program is to be a native of a country whose natives qualify; possession of either a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education; 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; and by submitting a completed Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) Entry Form before the due date. No paper applications can be accepted.

TARD is not able to confirm whether there is any other Solomon Islanders who have already benefited from this Diversity Visa Program in the past but it is aware that there are several applicants from Fiji who have been accepted into the program over the past years.

Applicants who wish to access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form and to further confirm that this is NOT A SCAM can do so by visiting 2009 DV Lottery Program

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