The 2018 Diversity Visa for immigration to the United States is now open for registrations. Candidates can apply from October 4, 2016, to November 7, 2016, and are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible, as the system might work slower because of the high demand in the final days of the intake period.
This year, the U.S. Department of State will issue 50,000 Diversity Visas to nationals from countries in six geographic regions. The visas are distributed based on each country’s rates of immigration to the United States; thus, the countries with the lower rates of immigration will receive a higher number of visas, while individuals from countries that have sent more than 50,000 immigrants in the past five years will not be qualified. This year, natives from China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Pakistan, Nigeria, Jamaica, Canada, and the United Kingdom, except Northern Ireland, are not eligible to apply. However, natives from any of these countries may be able to qualify through a spouse born in an eligible region.
Candidates must also have at least a high school degree or its equivalent or two years of work experience within the past five years in a field which requires at least two years of training.
Successful candidates who can immigrate to the United States through the 2018 Diversity Visa will be notified starting May 2, 2017, and will be able to apply for permanent residence from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
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