2022 US visa lottery: Nigeria only African country barred from participation

2022 US visa lottery: Nigeria only African country barred from participation

- Nigerians will not be taking part in the 2022 US visa lottery

- The US immigration service explained that this is because over 50,000 Nigerian have been allowed to migrate to its territory the last five years

- Nigeria is the only African nation to suffer this fate among countries eligible for the programme

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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.

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2022 US visa lottery: Nigeria only African country barred from participation
President Buhari and the US ambassador, W. Stuart Symington to Nigeria having a handshake (Photo credit: US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria)
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Part of the 19-page document that captures the above reason read:

"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."

Meanwhile, the US released the first few steps to securing the US DS-160 non-immigrant visa as they also highlighted common mistakes applicant make during the process.

When listing out the steps, they also emphasized the need for applicants to answer questions in the most accurate and truthful manner.

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Some of the steps are as follows:

"1. When filling out their names, the US said that applicants must list their correct legal names as they appear on their international passport. The applicants can only use unofficial names in the “other names used.
"2. At the travel section of the application form, applicants are asked to, in as much as possible, state the exact time they would be spending in the US. It is advised that if the date changes, the embassy is to be informed beforehand."

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