The DOS recently announced the results of the DV 2008 (October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008). Each year, the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery makes available 50,000 immigrant visas (aka green cards) to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The DOS stated that this year approximately 96,000 applicants were notified that they “won” the lottery and that they may now make an immigrant visa application for the 50,000 “green cards” that are available through the lottery. The DOS stated that it notifies a larger number of applicants that they have “won” in order to insure that all DV 2008 available “green cards” will be used during the fiscal year 2008. However, the DOS stated that once the 50,000 green cards have been allocated the program for fiscal year 2008 will end. The DOS also warned that selected applicants (and their eligible dependents) who do not complete the green card process based on the DV 2008 lottery by September 30, 2008 will derive no further benefit from their DV 2008 selection. The DOS confirmed that only participants in the DV 2008 program who “won” the lottery have been notified Those applicants who did not “win” the lottery will not receive additional information. However, the DOS stated that these applicants may apply again in the DV 2009 Lottery which will be conducted from October 3, 2007 through December 2, 2007. Additional information about the DV 2009 Lottery will be contained on our firm’s future Immigration Update when it becomes available.