The United States Department of State will make available 50 000 visas to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the US, including Zimbabwe, the American embassy said on Tuesday.
Nicholas Von Mertens, the second secretary at the US embassy in Harare, said they were now inviting applicants for the registration period for the DV-2012 Diversity Visa lottery, which is commonly known worldwide as the Green Card Lottery.
“For the DV 2012 programme,
50 000 visas will be made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States, which include Zimbabwe,” said Von Mertens.
He said in the DV-2011 programme, 163 Zimbabwean applicants were selected and processed through the US embassy in Harare.
Von Mertens said entries for the DV-2012 Diversity Visa lottery can only be submitted electronically on www.dvlottery.state.gov and not through mail or paper entries.
For one to be considered, Von Mertens said applicants must be 18 years, completed secondary education or be employed in a qualifying profession, and must include their spouse and all unmarried children under 21 years of age.
“Failure to meet the education requirements or failure to include all children in an entry will result in disqualification.”
Von Mertens advised people to be wary of fraudulent websites posing as official US government sites to make money out of the programme.
“Some companies posing as the US government have sought money in order to complete lottery entry forms,” he said.
He said there was no charge for completing the form and after successfully submitting their applications, applicants would be issued with a confirmation number.
The US embassy said applicants will know if they were successful by May 1, in 2011.