People applying for visas for the United States under the 2014 Diversity Visa Programme are being urged submit their applications quickly as demand is high.
The window of opportunity for the programme, which opened on the 02 October and closes on the 03 November, 2012, means that there can be congestion in the system towards the end of the registration period.
‘We strongly encourage applicants not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in website delays. No entries will be accepted after noon, EDT, on November 03, 2012,’ the Department of State said in a statement.
The Diversity Visa Programme allows up to 50,000 eligible applicants every year to live and work under a lottery system.
Visas are available to applicants meeting the strict eligibility requirements and a computer generated, random draw selects those who will be granted visas.
From 01 May, 2013, registered entrants will be provided with an unique confirmation number to check their selection online. Successful entrants will receive instructions for how to apply for visas for themselves and their eligible family members.
This option is only open to people from certain countries. Applications from Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam are not eligible.
Meanwhile, thousands of green card applicants who lost their place in line for US residency when they turned 21 must be given priority status, according to the appeals court.
It decided that the applicants can keep their priority date established when their parents filed for a derivative visa for their children.
Carl Shusterman, one of the lawyers representing the applicants, suggested tens of thousands of children living in the US or abroad who have ‘aged out’ of the green card process will be able to reclaim their place in line.