By Mukwuzi Joseph
Nigerians have been barred from participating in the United States’ Visa lottery in 2022.
This was contained in a document obtained from the US website on Thursday.
The 19-page document was titled ‘Instructions for the 2022 diversity immigrant visa program (dv-2022)’.
“In Africa, natives of Nigeria are not eligible for this year’s Diversity Visa program,” the document stated.
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.”