US visa lottery for Taiwan residents to start October 5: AIT

Thursday, September 16, 2010
The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced yesterday that the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) lottery will run from midnight Oct. 5 through midnight Nov. 3 Taiwan time.

The only source for complete and authoritative information on eligibility requirements and application procedures is at the website www.dvlottery.state.gov. All applications must be submitted online according to the instructions on this website. This year, entrants are required to submit an e-mail address with their applications.

Persons born on the islands of Taiwan and Penghu are eligible to participate in the DV program again this year. Persons born elsewhere should check the link www.dvlottery.state.gov.

Due to anticipated high demand for the online application system, AIT encourages participants to submit applications well before the lottery ends. In the past, system delays caused by extremely heavy demand in the final days of the registration period have resulted in the failure of some applicants to be able to register for the program. While the system continues to be upgraded, overwhelming demand could cause delays. It is very important therefore to apply early, as no entries will be accepted after midnight Nov 3, Taiwan time, regardless of whether there are system delays during the registration period said an AIT official.

AIT stresses that there is no fee to participate in the Diversity Immigrant Visa lottery. The U.S. government employs no outside consultants or private services to operate the DV program. Any intermediaries or others who offer assistance to prepare DV entries do so without the authority or consent of the U.S. government. Use of any outside intermediary or assistance to prepare a DV entry is entirely at the entrant's discretion.

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