The US State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has announced the commencement of the 2014 Diversity Visa program (DV-2014).
According to information obtained by our Correspondent, the entry submission period for the programme which started at 12:00 PM EDT (GMT -4) on October 2, 2012 will end at 12:00 PM EDT (GMT -4) on November 3, 2012.
The bureau also stated that the entry form will only be available for submission during this period only, and added that entries will be accepted through the U.S. Postal.
Meanwhile, legislation which would eventually eliminate the Diversity Visas is in progress in the U.S Congress.
Sponsors of the bill are also working to re-allocate the 55,000 visas currently awarded to Diversity Visa Lottery winners and reserve them for undocumented immigrants already in the United States.
The proposed legislation, however, specifies that beneficiaries must be graduates in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM.)
In the Senate, Senator John Cornyn a Republican from Texas has already introduced a bill (S. 3185) that would re-allocate Diversity Visas to STEM graduates.
The Diversity Visa Programme , popularly known as Green Card Lottery Visa programme was established in 1990 to provide visas to persons from specific countries.
As moves are being made to eliminate it, an adjustment was made in the 2013 edition to include citizens of South Sudan and Poland while Bangladesh was removed as a qualifying country because of their high rate of migration to the US.