A document obtained from the United States Government website has shown that Nigeria has been barred from the popular US Visa Lottery Application for 2022.
In a 19-page document published on the website, Nigeria is the only African country barred from the lottery.
“For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than, 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
“Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible,” the document said.
While natives of other African countries are allowed to apply, the document explained that “persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt.”
It added: “Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.”
Titled: “Instructions for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2022),” the document explained that prospective applicants must meet certain guidelines to be eligible for the visa lottery.
According to the document, “The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing.
“The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven per cent of the available DVs in any one year.”