The Department of State recently announced the opening of the registration period for the DV-2012 Diversity Visa lottery. The Diversity Visa lottery allows a maximum of 55,000 “diversity immigrants” each fiscal year to obtain permanent residence in the United States if they are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Entries for the DV-2012 Diversity Visa lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 5, 2010, and noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted.  

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State. For DV-2012, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years:  

Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.  

Instructions for entering the DV-2012 diversity lottery are available at http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html