The U.S. State Department published advice and information in the August Visa Bulletin for individuals selected in the 2022 Diversity Visa program.

Key Points:

  • Individuals selected in the 2022 Diversity Visa lottery may apply for an immigrant visa beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and until Sept. 30, 2022.
  • The State Department reminded applicants:
    • To submit their immigrant visa applications as early as possible.
    • To follow the instructions of the notification letter and provide all information requested.
    • During the visa interview, principal applicants must show proof of high school education or equivalent or two years of work experience within the last five years.

Additional Information: The 2022 Diversity Visa program saw over 7 million qualified entries. Of those entries, approximately 119,021 applicants were notified that they are eligible to submit an immigrant visa application.

Egypt topped the list with 6,005 registrants selected for the program, followed by Algeria, Russia, Sudan and Uzbekistan, which each had 6,001 registrants selected. Other countries that topped the list were Iran (5,739); Ukraine (4,949); Morocco (4,138); Nepal (3,802); and Afghanistan (3,410). The full list of countries can be found here.

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