• DOS has announced the annual Diversity Immigrant (DV-2012) Visa program registration period. This year, lottery entries are accepted between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Tuesday, October 5, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Wednesday, November 3. Applicants should apply electronically at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply for DV-2012 because their countries have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. over the prior 5-year period: Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (with the exception of Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.