Nigeria is the only African nation that has been barred from taking part in the 2022 United States (US) Diversity Immigrant Visa programme (DV-2022).
This is about the first time Nigeria will be suffering such a fate from the powerful nation since the inception of the lottery.
The US immigration service explained on a portal opened for the lottery that Nigeria is barred from the programme because more than 50,000 of its citizens immigrated to the country in the last five years.
Part of the 19-page document that captures the above reason read:
"Applicants who are selected in the program (selectees) must meet simple but strict eligibility requirements to qualify for a diversity visa."
"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."
"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."
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