Stay In Your Country: 19 Countries, Including Nigeria, Banned From US Visa Lottery

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Due to an enormous deluge of applicants, 19 countries including Nigeria, have been banned form applying in the 2013 USA Visa Lottery.

Punch reports that information from the United States Department of State sighted on Sunday said Nigerians and citizens from few other countries were not eligible for DV-2015

The department said Nigeria was excluded since over 50,000 Nigerians had immigrated into the United States in the last five years.

The department listed other countries not eligible as Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador and Haiti.

Others are India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam

However, many African countries would continue to enjoy the programme.

Some of them are Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia and Ghana.

Others are Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles and Sierra Leone.

Diversity visas are said to be distributed among six geographic regions, while no single country could receive more than seven per cent of the available space in any year.

Already, advertsiements for the 2015 US DV lottery have started with several businesses inviting Nigerians to apply for the program.

Applications for the 2015 US DV lottery is expected to take off from October 1, 2013.

In 2012, 14,769, 658 persons were said to have qualified worldwide for the US DV lottery among the 19, 672, 269 which applied.



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  1. Nigerians has full everywhere and every part of the world. Any country you go and did not find a Nigerian live that Country. There is money in Nigeria let Nigerians look for it and kill corruption. Very soon the whole world will banned Nigerians from entering there territories even Poor African Countries.

  2. Don’t be fooled. This website is not US Government website. Go to to check infoformations. I have heard this couple of years back. They want you to visit their site

  3. Nigeria should pls stay back in our country n make our nation great than going to america to work while we can build ours and grant other countries DV please. Thanks to us of america

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