Why Nigerians Are Excluded As US Visa Lottery Returns, Plus Full List Of Ineligible Countries

Why Nigerians Are Excluded As US Visa Lottery Returns, Plus Full List Of Ineligible Countries

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Registration process for the United States (US) Diversity Visa Programme for the fiscal year fy2025 has commenced with applications open until November 7, 2023, but Nigeria remains on the list of countries ineligible to apply.

This is because the country have already met the threshold of the quota of its nationals that can migrate into America on the basis of the Diversity Visa lottery. Citizens from 17 other countries are also ineligible to participate for the same reason.

The US Diversity Visa (DV) programme offers special opportunities for individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States.

For the 2025 fiscal year programme, individuals from countries like Nigeria that have sent more than 50,000 of their nationals to the United States within the past five years remain ineligible to apply.

READ ALSO: What To Know About America’s Green Card DV 2025 Program

According to a statement from the US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria yesterday, Nigerians were no longer eligible for the Diversity Visa Lottery aside for those born outside of Nigeria or have parents born outside of Nigeria.

Prime Business Africa reports that this essentially means that those who were born in Nigeria to Nigerian parents are not eligible.

The US Diversity Visa Program (DV Program) is a yearly lottery system that offers individuals from countries with limited immigration rates to the United States the chance to secure a green card.

Every year, the United States Department of State allocates 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) divided among six geographic regions.

Meanwhile, the list of excluded countries for fy2025 are as follows:

* Bangladesh 

* Brazil 

* Canada, 

* China (including mainland and Hong Kong) 

* Colombia 

* Dominican Republic 

* El Salvador 

* Haiti 

* Honduras 

* India 

* Jamaica 

* Mexico 

* Nigeria 

* Pakistan 

* Philippines 

* Republic of Korea (South Korea) 

* Venezuela, and 

* Vietnam 

As it stands, candidates from countries not listed above can apply to participate in the US Diversity Visa programme provided they meet basic eligibility conditions.


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