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The Nepal Digest Friday 30 Dec 94: Push 14 2051 BkSm Volume 34 Issue 14

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********************************************************************** From: LENA.PIYA@AMGATE.BARRA.COM Date: Fri, 23 Dec 1994 14:20:53 -0700 (PDT) Subject: Hello everyone To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu

I've been receiving your subscription on a regular basis. I admire and appreciate your effort to put together the digest. I have noticed many issues being discussed through this digest, most of them are quite interesting also. I also wanted to give an input in it.

Well let me begin with a concern that everyone has who are students, or are at work at present. The problem with us our status. Some are in F-1 status where as some are in H-1( Working Visa). I saw the discussion on the F-1 visa denials from the US Consulate in Nepal, but never heard anything on H-1 visa. I assume that everyone knows what H-1 visa is ( working visa that you get through the company you're working for). My concern is if there has been any cases when a person with a H-1 got denied the H-1 multiple entry Visa. If anyone has faced this problem could you please get back to me.

I am in the similar kind of situation. My H-1B has been approved from INS and I need to go to Nepal. I would like to know people's experience in the US consulate in Nepal. I'd greatly appreciate your feedback on this matter. Thanks in advance.

********************************************************************** Date: Sat, 24 Dec 1994 21:06 EST From: ATULADHAR@vax.clarku.edu To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

Environmental Update: Dec 1994
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[Source: ESCAP, OCt 1994; Environmental News briefing of Asia Pacific]

1. Arguments of kathmandu Industry: Reacting to proposed move to relocate polluting industries of Kathmandu valley outside the valley, the following counterarguments have been raised.

        1. Kathmandu tax payers (as if there was a group called kathmandu tax payers as in US) are not consulted about their ideas of which industries are bad or good for moving out.
        2. The main bette noire of Kathmandu pollution, the Carpet and the Garment industries, claim that carpet industries use only 6 pollution of the total water demand of Kathmandu and are party to only 3 percent of water pollution in Bishnumati and 0.5 percent in Bagmati. The industry contributes only 25 poercent of the solid wastes and 66 percent of this generated by employees working in the industry. The reference for this "only" figures
 is the ECO news vol 5, may 26, 1994, USAID.
        3. wHO will the bear the overhead cost of relocating small and medium scale industries, they would die with no access to subsidized infra structure.
        4. Kathmanduites who want relocation of the industries must be willing to pay an environmental tax to pay for the relocation costs. does this not sound as "Makai khane bhalu, kutai khane kalu?"
        5. Industries are the victims not the public, if today the industries are hounded out of Kathmandu to Hetauda, to morrow it will be to Narayan ghat, and the day after, it will go south of the border, what then?

The author, Chandaan Acharya, recommends that industries stand and fight against physical relocation.

2. URBAN ENVIRONMENT: Urban population increased from 3 percent to 10 percent between 1950 to 1990. It is exp[ected to be 14 percent in 2000 with a growth rate of 6.5%, given the national growth rate is 2.1 percent.

        About 50 percent of the total medium and large scale manufacturing units in Nepal (4270 units) are in Kathmandu valley. This results in a loss of agricultural ecosystem by urban sprawl; increase in per capita demand for water, energy; change in local atmospheric system; decrease in absorptive capacity of surrounding ecosystem or sink saturation for wastes generated; vulnerability to medical epidemics. More than five dozen studies of the Kathmandu environment has been done but they lack depth in analysis of urban ecosystem function and structure. Which problems are most important is still not agreed upon.

Amulya Tuladhar

****************************************************************** Date: Sun, 25 Dec 1994 13:19:18 +0300 From: shrestha@joyl.joensuu.fi To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu Subject: Wanted ! Wanted !! Wanted !!!

Dear members,

If any one knows about E-mail address of Rabindra Shrestha or Madhuvan Maskey (Both are in Viena, Austria), Please, send me that.

Thank you. Raj Bahadur Shrestha Finnland

******************************************************** Date: Sun, 25 Dec 94 11:01:31 EST From: Ganesh Panta <GANESH@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU> Subject: Re: The Nepal Digest - Dec 23, 1994 (7 Push 2051 BkSm) To: The Nepal Digest <NEPAL@cs.niu.edu>

Dear TND Readers:

Nepalese at the University of Georgia, GA, Athens, USA extend their greetings and best wishes to all the TND Readers in the eve of X-mas and New Year 1995.

Ganesh Panta Girwan, Rupa and Prapti Pandey Durga Dutta poudel

********************************************************************** Date: Sun, 25 Dec 1994 21:58 EST To: nepal@cs.niu.edu, Anish_Bania_at_WP@abtassoc.com From: "Neal Cohen" 25-DEC-1994 21:53:06.67 Subj: UML's Economic Policies

This is the summary of the King's speech to Parliament that laid out the new government's policy. Today's budget speech will provide additional details. As I shall be on leave this week, our analysis of the budget speech will have to wait a week. A full copy of our analysis is being mailed to you.
__________________________________________________________________________
  
  The King's Speech to parliament on the 23rd December outlined the new
  government's policies. As these are the policies of a minority govern-
  ment it is not possible to know for which a majority in Parliament can
  be achieved. The speech covers an incredible number of different
  topics, it is impossible to determine their priorities and which they
  will try to do immediately, or simply lay the foundation for implemen-
  tation at a later date.
  
  I view the speech as moving the government sharply away from the previ-
  ous pro-economic liberalization and structural adjustment programs.
  There is definitely a reduced commitment to privatization, to a reduced
  role of government, to private sector development. The speech heavily
  emphasizes a greater role for government intervention in the economy,
  to government controls and direction.

  While the obligatory pro-private sector statement is offered, it is
  obvious from the speech that the government prefers the development of
  cooperatives in marketing, provision of inputs and sales of outputs;
  further, government will seek methods to reduce prices through price
  controls. There is also talk about the need for interest rate subsidies
  and increased targeting of credit to the priority sectors. There
  appears to be little understanding of the necessity of developing a
  market. Reductions on prices of essentials might have an appeal in
  urban Nepal, they will reduce incentives to farmers. Lower interest
  rates have appeal but they dry up capital and result in less incentives
  to savers; subsidized interest rates lead to increased corruption in
  the allocation of credit.
  
  Reduction in the role of the private sector in provision of inputs or
  sales of outputs will return Nepal to the failures of earlier efforts
  at development through state-mandated cooperatives that did little. The
  government appears to have little interest in further privatizations,
  it is more interested in making existing companies more efficient.
  Privatizations will become biased toward national investors and
  workers. Statements of trying to encourage foreign investment do not
  appear to be backed up by actions. Similarly, talk of being open to
  encouraging SAPTA (the regional trade grouping for south Asia) trade
  and investment, runs directly into a roadblock of protecting national
  businesses.
  
  There was no mention about eliminating the Octroi Tax, the Wealth Tax,
  the Export Service Fee, or instituting a VAT. The only talk was able
  reviewing import duties and this is probably in the context of protect-
  ing national investors. The speech does talk about the need to make the
  tax system simple, transparent and effective with a reduction in tax
  evasion.
  
  There is no direct statement about how the government feels about Arun
  3, but statements on their water resource development program imply a
  clear and strong preference for program OTHER than Arun
  
  I was surprised at how little mention was made of health matters, or
  of reducing population growth. While land reform was mentioned, it does
  not appear to be emphasized as much as it was in the party's Manifesto,
  or in early statements by Ministers.
                                                                Neal

*************************************************************** From: "Ganesh Pandey" <GANESHP@CIVIL.Lan.McGill.CA> To: NEPAL@cs.niu.edu, atuladhar@vax.clarku.edu Date: Wed, 28 Dec 1994 10:00:21 EST5EDT Subject: Dilli Choudhary Honoured

Dilli Choudhary is honoured. Should we be proud or ashamed of it?

I guess both together.

We should be ashamed of the fact that we still keep bonded labours in our home.

Proud, at least there are some individual who are dedicated to fight such evils.

So we should be ashamed of ourselves and proud of Dilli Choudhaty.

Please flame me...

namaste ganesh

*************************************************************** Date: 27 Dec 94 18:00:47 EST From: Rajendra.P.Shrestha@Dartmouth.EDU (Rajendra P. Shrestha) Subject: News from the last few days To: nepal@cs.niu.edu

SOURCE: Reuters

HEADLINE: NEPAL BUDGET LEAVES BIG DEFICIT, SIGNALS BORROWING

BYLINE: By Gopal Sharma

DATELINE: KATHMANDU, DEC 26

 BODY:
    Nepal's minority communist rulers on Monday announced a budget that raised public spending but left a huge deficit, sparking fears among economists that the goverment would borrow more to pay its bills.

   Finance Minister Bharat Mohan Adhikary's budget for 1994/95
(beginning mid-July) that recast the previous Nepali Congress government's plans, announced free education for schoolchildren up to the ninth grade and huge grants for village councils.

   "The policies and programmes do not reflect the total commitments of the Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) party," Adhikary told the parliament elected in November after mid-term elections voted out the centrist Congress.

   "However, I believe this budget will provide a glimpse as well as the long-term perspective."

   Adhikary said UML's policies would give tax breaks to low-income citizens, rely more on income taxation than on commodity taxation and use commodity taxes to help local industries flourish in the Himalayan economy that leans heavily on support from neighbouring India.

   The spending outlay of 42.69 billion rupees ($ 854 million) and revenue of 29.45 billion rupees ($ 590 million) left a deficit of 13.24 billion rupees ($ 264 million).

   "It means that in the coming days we might have to depend more on foreign aid and internal loans," said Pushkar Bajracharya, an economist at the Tribhuvan University.

   The government's spending plan showed that 4.46 billion rupees ($ 89 million) of its resources would come from foreign aid.
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HEADLINE: Nepal seeks more from India border power project

DATELINE: KATHMANDU, Dec 26

 BODY:
    Nepal wants fresh talks with India to win more benefits from a controversial hydroelectric project that straddles their Himalayan border, Prime Minister Manmohan Adhikary said on Monday.

   "We will have to resume talks with India on the Tanakpur project with the interest and sovereignty of Nepal on our minds," said Adhikary, leader of the newly-elected minority communist government.

   Adhikary, whose party is seeking to rewrite a 40-year-old friendship treaty with India that it claims is unfair to Nepal, was replying to a parliamentary policy debate.

   His Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) party had when in opposition criticised the then-Nepali Congress government for conceding too much to India in the building of the 125-megawatt project on the Mahakali river.

   Top government officials told Reuters that the deputy prime minister, Madhav Kumar Nepal, would visit India early next year to prepare for Adhikary's first visit.

   The previous government in 1991 allowed India to extend part of the power project's embankment area into Nepal in exchange for two megawatts of power and 1,000 cubic feet per second of water.

   The UML at the time described the deal as "subservient to India" and demanded it be ratified by a two-thirds majority of the Nepali parliament.

   "We are firm on our stand even now," Adhikary said. A high-level state committee is now examining the deal.
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SOURCE: DPA

HEADLINE: Nepal inquiry rejects conspiracy in communist leaders' death

DATELINE: Kathmandu, Dec 24

 BODY:
    A high-level judicial inquiry has rejected any conspiracy or plans in the death of two top communist leaders in a road accident in May 1993, it was announced here.

    The general secretary of the United Marxist-Leninists, Madan Kumar Bhandari, and the UML organisation chief, Jeevraj Ashrit, were killed when a vehicle in which they were travelling plunged into a river south of here.

    The UML, calling their death the result of a conspiracy, launched a protest campaign in June 1993 to oust the prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala.

    Over the next month and a half, almost two dozen people were killed in police firing. One of the conditions for suspending the agitation by the UML was the setting up of a judicial commission to investigate the incident.

    The commission said that it found no proof of "planned conspiracy" to kill the two communist leaders.

    The investigation was conducted by Nepalese supreme court judge Trilok Pratap Rana.

    The commission was set up by King Birendra under recommendation of the Nepali Congress government led by Prime Minister Koirala. The results were announced by the communist minority government which took office after the November parliamentary elections. dpa sb vc
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SOURCE: DPA

HEADLINE: Communist government commits itself to market economy

DATELINE: Kathmandu, Dec 23

 BODY:
     Nepal's three week old minority communist government has formally committed itself to open market economy and has pledged to carry out a
"balanced" economic policy for the Himalayan kingdom.

    The commitment came in King Birendra's address to the joint session of the upper house and the newly elected lower house of parliament Friday.

    The communist United Marxist-Leninists (UML) party which has just 88 members in the 205-member House of Representatives, formed the minority government on November 30 and was easily able to get the mandatory vote of confidence in the lower house on Thursday.

    The royal address which outlines the government's programmes and policies for the remaining seven months of the current Nepalese financial year promised to deliver the fruits of development to the people by improving the economy and creating more job opportunities.

    The UML government, however, said that a better "balance" would be brought to its implementation of the liberal open market economy.

    The liberal economic policy had been introduced by the Nepali Congress government in 1991 soon after India had done so but there have been persistent criticisms in Nepal that the policy had helped only the rich business community while providing no protection to consumers against exploitation.

    The UML government which will present a revised budget for the current year on Saturday is expected to announce some "relief" to the people.

    The government also said that it would end the "bonded" labour system, prevalent in parts of western Nepal, under which people are made to work like slaves until money borrowed has been repayed.

    The royal address also stressed that the UML government would be redrawing the priority in the planning structure of the country.

    In foreign affairs, King Birendra said that the UML government would be following a policy based on the five principles of peaceful co-existence known as "Panchasheela" and on the principles of non-alignment.

    The UML government would seek to strengthen friendship with all countries, particularly immediate neighbours, India and China, he said.

    The UML government stress on Panchasheela is seen by political observers to mean that it would be following a more balanced foreign policy towards India and China and try to correct the perceived pro-India tilt during the Nepali Congress government. dpa ds
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SOURCE: Reuters

HEADLINE: Nepali communist PM wins unanimous confidence vote

BYLINE: Updates with results of vote) By Gopal Sharma

DATELINE: KATHMANDU, Dec 22

 BODY:
    Nepali Prime Minister Man Mohan Adhikary, the Himalayan kingdom's first communist leader, won a unanimous vote of confidence on Thursday in what opposition parties called a one-time show of undivided support.

   An overwhelming total of 198 deputies voted in favour of Adhikary's three-and-a-half-week-old government, reflecting the opposition's unwillingness to go right back to the polls.

   "I hereby declare that the proposal put up by Prime Minister Man Mohan Adhikary seeking the confidence of the House has been passed by the House of Representatives," speaker Ram Chandra Poudel said after the vote.

   In a symbol of consensus, Adhikary and former Congress prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala shook hands after the vote.

   But the opposition warned the minority government to shun radical policies or risk being thrown out of power.

   Poudel, who was elected speaker last Saturday, did not vote and three other votes in the 205-seat chamber were not cast because they belonged to deputies who had been elected from two constituencies in general polls last month. Three deputies were absent.

   Adhikary's Communist United Marxist-Leninist (UML) party controls 88 seats in the chamber and won the support of the opposition which feared it could lose even more ground to the communists if another set of elections were held.

   "It will be only one-time support," the spokesman for the pro-palace Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Kamal Thapa, told Reuters before the vote.

   Adhikary, 74, was appointed prime minister on November 29 after his party won a plurality that fell 15 votes short of an overall majority in the House of Representatives.

   The three-year-old constitution requires a prime minister to seek a vote of confidence in the House within 30 days of being appointed.

   The former ruling Congress Party holds 83 seats and the RPP has 20, giving them blocking power.

   "We will support the government in this particular motion because we want political stability in the country," Congress deputy Jai Prakash Anand said.

   Congress parliamentary leader Sher Bahadur Deuba said the former ruling party wanted the communists to protect law and order, give full autonomy to local governments and pursue economic liberalisation.

   The Congress parliamentary leader reminded Adhikary of his tenuous plurality in parliament.

   "The UML should not forget its arithmetical equation and maintain good relations with the opposition," Deuba said.

   The opposition claim nine people have been killed in violence since the UML took power, and have called for the communists to take a tougher stance on law and order.

   "So far there is no situation for alarm," Adhikary said. "It is not a situation where the sky is falling in. There have been sporadic cases of violence. We will investigate."

   The new prime minister said law and order was also a concern for the UML, and that he had asked the interior minister to "bring the guilty people to book."

   The communist leader said he was willing to discuss economic liberalisation with the opposition, but made no commitment to follow Congress' free-market policies.

   However, Adhikary has said he will defend capitalism and promote foreign investment in Nepal, one of the poorest countries with annual income of $180 a head, while protecting key industries with import barriers.

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*********************************************************************************************** Date: Tue, 27 Dec 1994 10:11:00 -0500 Forwarded by: rsingh@ims.advantis.com (Rajpal J.P. Singh) Subject: Immigration Lottery 1996 Program To: The Nepal Digest <nepal@mp.cs.niu.edu>

DV-96 VISA APPLICATION

A. APPLICANT'S FULL NAME

    Kumar, Ajay Harshal [Mosaic users: remember to underline last name]

B. APPLICANT'S DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH

   Date if Birth: 10 June 1952

   Place of Birth: Bombay, India

C. NAME, DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH OF APPLICANT'S SPOUSE AND CHILDREN, IF ANY

        Spouse: Kumar, Mary Jane
                        Date of Birth: 11 July 1953
                        Date of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa

        Child: Kumar, Lucy Susan
                        Date of Birth: 20 May 1980
                        Place of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa

D. APPLICANT'S MAILING ADDRESS

                1122 Main Street
                Johannesburg
                2038
                South Africa

                Telephone: (011) 555-5555

                Closest U.S. Consulate to current residence or last foreign residence: Johannesburg, South Africa

E.APPLICANT'S NATIVE COUNTRY IF DIFFERENT FROM COUNTRY OF BIRTH

South Africa. Claimed because of spouse's native status.

How to Enter the Green Card Lottery Lawyer-Free

   Questions and Answers About DV-96
   Sample Application
   Sample Envelope

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT DV-96

This discussion is intended to address most of the major questions many of you have asked me about the DV-96 Lottery. The discussion includes sample forms to guide you in completing your own application.

What is the "Green Card" Lottery?

This discussion is intended to answer questions people may have regarding the upcoming DV-96 lottery (better known as the "green card lottery") and give directions for submitting a lottery application.

The U.S. Congress has authorized the allotment of 55,000 immigrant visas in the DV-96 category during Fiscal Year 1996. Foreign nationals who are natives of countries determined by the I.N.S. (according to a mathematical formula based upon population totals and totals of specified immigrant admissions for a 5-year period) are eligible to apply. The application period will begin at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on January 31, 1995, and will end at midnight on March 1, 1995.

Nationals of which countries are excluded?

China-mainland China and Taiwan (nationals of Hong Kong are included), India, Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland natives are eligible), Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, El Salvador, Columbia and the Dominican Republic.

How are visas allotted?

The DV-96 program apportions visa issuance among six geographic regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America (other than Mexico), Oceania, and South America
(including Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean). The world is divided up into high and low admission regions and each of the six regions is divided into high and low admission states. A greater portion of the visas go to the low admission regions than to high admissions regions. High admission states are entirely excluded from the lottery
(those states are listed above) and low admission states compete equally with other low admission states in the same region. No single state may receive more than 7% (3,850) of the 55,000 allotted visas. The allotment for this year is as follows:

Africa: 20,426

Asia: 7,087

Europe: 24,257

North America: 8 (only the Bahamas is included)

South America: 2,407

Oceania: 815

Who is eligible to apply for the lottery?

To receive a DV-96 visa, an individual must be a native of a low admission foreign state
(described above). The individual must have at least a high school education or its equivalent, or, within the preceding five years, two years work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years training or experience.

What does it mean to have a "high school education or its equivalent?"

"High School education or its equivalent" means the successful completion of a twelve year course of elementary and secondary education in the U.S. or successful completion in another county of a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to complete a 12 year education in the U.S. or successful completion in another country of a formal cause of elementary and secondary education comparable to completion of a 12 year education in the U.S. Passage of a high school equivalency examination is not sufficient. It is permissible to have completed one's education in less than 12 years or greater than 12 years if the course of study completed is equivalent to a U.S. high school education. Documentary proof of education (including a diploma or school transcript) should NOT be submitted with the application, but must be presented to the consular office at the time of formally applying for an immigrant visa application.

What does it mean to have "two years work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years training or experience?"

The determination of which occupations require at least two years of training or experience shall be based upon the Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles. If the occupation is not listed in the DOT, the Department of State will consider alternate evidence. Please Email or write me if you need to check the DOT (this will probably not be necessary for the vast majority of you since most of you have high school degrees or the equivalent. As with proof of education, documentary proof of work experience should not be submitted with the application, but must be presented to the consular office at the time of a formal immigrant visa application.

Can I be a "native" of a country other than the country in which I was born?

A native is both someone born within one of qualifying countries and someone entitled to the "charged" to such country under Section 202(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Thus someone may be (1) charged to the country of birth of his/her spouse; (2) a minor dependent child can be charged to the country of birth of a parent; and (3) an applicant born in a country of which neither parent was a native may be charged to the country of birth of either parent. If one claims to be a native of a country other than where one was born, he/she must include a statement to that effect on the lottery application and must show the country of chargeability on the application envelope (see discussion of the application form and envelope).

Will applying for the lottery affect one's ability to receive a nonimmigrant visa?

Probably not. Technically, filing a visa lottery application is equivalent to filing an immigrant petition. According to source at the Department of State, a consulate will only be notified IF the person is selected in the lottery. An individual who is not chosen is on his honor to state that he/she applied for the lottery. Theoretically, if your name is selected in the lottery, you may have trouble renewing nonimmigrant status while waiting for your name to be cleared for processing (see discussion on the postselection process for securing a green card). This should only be a temporary problem since permanent residency should eventually be awarded. There is still a risk that you will fail to be deemed eligible for the DV-96 visa or the Department of State will have overestimated the number of individuals to select in the lottery (see discussion on how the selection process works). However, one lawyer I spoke with stated that over the last several years, he has instructed his clients to answer the question on the OF 156 concerning previous immigrant visa applications as follows: "My lawyer entered me in the AA1 [this year the DV-96] lottery." He reports that he has never had a problem reported. The Department of State may be issuing an advisory letter on this issue soon and I will post a message to the group. I have yet to hear of anyone denied a visa because of a previous lottery application.

Do I need to be in lawful visa status to compete?

An individual who is in the U.S. need NOT be in lawful status to compete in the lottery. However, the Department of State has indicated that it will share information with the Immigration and Naturalization Service for the "formulation, amendment, administration and enforcement" of the country's immigration laws.

Does it matter whether I am or am not in the U.S.?

Individuals who otherwise meet the requirements for competition in the lottery, may compete whether they are in the United States or in a foreign country.

Are there any limitations on the number of entries I can send in for the lottery?

Each individual is limited to one application in the lottery. If more than one application is received, the individual will be totally disqualified. Note: More than 400,000 applicants were disqualified in the last lottery due to multiple applications.

May a husband and wife each submit a separate application?

Yes. If otherwise qualified, a husband and a wife may each submit one lottery application. If either is selected in the lottery, the other would be entitled to derivative status.

Is there a minimum age to apply for the lottery?

There is not a minimum age to apply for the lottery. However, the education/work experience requirements will effectively preclude most people under 18 from applying.

May I adjust status in the U.S. if I am selected?

An applicant may adjust status (switch to permanent residency in the U.S.) if they meet the normal requirements for adjusting status with the INS (including not having previously been out of visa status). Applicants who adjust must first send the forms they receive from the National Visa Center back to the National Visa Center. In order to apply for adjustment of status, the INS must be able to complete action on the case before September 30, 1996.

How does the selection process work?

The National Visa Center in New Hampshire will receive all applications. Upon receipt, the NVC will place the letter into one of six geographic regions and assign the letter an individual number. Within each region, the first letter randomly selected will be the first person registered, the second letter selected will be the second person registered, etc. When a case is registered, the applicant will immediately be sent a notification letter which will give visa application instructions.

About 100,000 persons, both principal applicants and their spouses and children, will be registered. Since it is probable that some of the first 55,000 persons registered will not apply for a DV-96 visa, this figure is assumed to eventually be reduced to about 55,000. However, there is a risk that some applicants will be left out. According to the Department of State, all applicants will be informed promptly of their place on the list. Each month visas will be issued, according to registration lottery rank order, to those ready for visa issuance for that month. Once 55,000 visas are issued, the program ends. Registrants for this year's lottery will have to apply for a visa before September 1995 at the latest. You must be prepared to act promptly if your name is selected.

How will I know if I was not selected?

The State Department will not notify applicants who are not selected. The only way you will know that you are not selected is if you have not received a registration notification letter before the date the INS officially states that it has stopped notifying people
(expected to be done within three months of March 1, 1995).

Is there an application fee to enter the lottery?

No. There is no fee for submitting a lottery application. If you win the lottery, you will pay the regular visa fees paid by any immigrant visa applicant at the time of visa issuance.

Can someone selected in the lottery receive a waiver of any of the grounds of visa ineligibility?

No. There is no special provision for the waiver of any grounds of visa ineligibility other than those provided for in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Also, unlike in previous years, holders of J 1 visas with a two year home residency requirement will not be able to receive a waiver of this requirement by virtue of being selected in the lottery. A holder of a J visa can still enter the lottery, but he/she will have to qualify for a residency waiver in the same manner as is normally required to get such a waiver. Because all visas must be issued by the end of September 1996, individuals who have not yet begun their home residency are effectively precluded (unless they are otherwise eligible for a waiver).

May someone apply for a DV-96 visa if they are already registered in another visa category?

Yes.

In what region is my native country assigned?

(1) Africa

   Algeria
   Angola
   Benin
   Botswana
   Burkina
   Burundi
   Cameroon
   Cape Verde
   Central African Republic
   Chad
   Comoros
   Congo
   Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
   Djibouti
   Egypt
   Equatorial Guinea
   Eritrea
   Ethiopia
   Gabon
   Gambia, The
   Ghana
   Guinea
   Guinea-Bissau
   Kenya
   Lesotho
   Liberia
   Libya
   Madagascar
   Malawi
   Mali
   Mauritania
   Mauritius
   Morocco
   Mozambique
   Namibia
   Niger
   Nigeria
   Rwanda
   Sao Tome and Principe
   Senegal
   Seychelles
   Sierra Leone
   Somalia
   South Africa
   Sudan
   Swaziland
   Tanzania
   Togo
   Tunisia
   Uganda
   Zaire
   Zambia
   Zimbabwe

(2) Asia

   Afghanistan
   Bahrain
   Bangladesh
   Bhutan
   Brunei
   Burma
   Cambodia
   China-mainland
   China-Taiwan
   Hong Kong
   India
   Indonesia
   Iran
   Iraq
   Israel
   Japan
   Jordan
   Korea, North
   Korea, South
   Kuwait
   Laos
   Lebanon
   Malaysia
   Maldives
   Mongolia
   Nepal
   Oman
   Pakistan
   Philippines
   Qatar
   Saudi Arabia
   Singapore
   Sri Lanka
   Syria
   Thailand
   United Arab Emirates
   Vietnam
   Yemen

(3) Europe

   Albania
   Andorra
   Armenia
   Austria
   Azerbaijan
   Belarus
   Belgium
   Bosnia and Herzegovina
   Bulgaria
   Croatia
   Cyprus
   Czech Republic
   Denmark
   Estonia
   Finland
   France
   Georgia
   Germany
   Greece
   Hungary
   Iceland
   Ireland
   Italy
   Kazakhstan
   Kyrgyzstan
   Latvia
   Liechtenstein
   Lithuania
   Luxembourg
   Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Malta
   Moldova
   Monaco
   Montenegro
   Netherlands
   Northern Ireland
   Norway
   Poland
   Portugal
   Romania
   Russia
   San Marino
   Serbia
   Slovakia
   Slovenia
   Spain
   Sweden
   Switzerland
   Tajikistan
   Turkmenistan
   Turkey
   Ukraine
   United Kingdom
   Uzbekistan
   Vatican City (an independent city under the jurisdiction of the Holy See)

(4) North America

   Bahamas, The
   Canada
   United States

(5) Oceania

   Australia
   Fiji
   Kiribati
   Marshall Islands
   Micronesia, Federated States of
   Nauru
   New Zealand
   Palau
   Papua New Guinea
   Solomon Islands
   Tonga
   Tuvalu
   Vanuatu
   Western Samoa

(6) South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

   Antigua and Barbuda
   Argentina
   Barbados
   Belize
   Bolivia
   Brazil
   Chile
   Colombia
   Costa Rica
   Cuba
   Dominica
   Dominican Republic
   Ecuador
   El Salvador
   Grenada
   Guatemala
   Guyana
   Haiti
   Honduras
   Jamaica
   Mexico
   Nicaragua
   Panama
   Paraguay
   Peru
   St. Kitts and Nevis
   St. Lucia
   St. Vincent and the Grenadines
   Suriname
   Trinidad and Tobago
   Uruguay
   Venezuela

How do I apply for the lottery?

There is no form for the DV 1 lottery. All that is required is that the proper information is typed or clearly printed in the Roman alphabet on a plain sheet of paper.

Each application must take the following form:

1. APPLICANT'S FULL NAME
                        Last Name, First Name and Middle Name
                        (Underline Last Name/Surname/Family Name)
                        Example: Doe, John James [Mosaic users: remember to underline last name]

2. APPLICANT'S DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
                        Date of Birth: Day, Month, Year
                        Example: 15 November 1961
                        Place of Birth: City/Town, District/County, Province, Country
                        Example: Munich, Bavaria, Germany,

3. NAME, DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH OF APPLICANT'S SPOUSE AND CHILDREN
                [Note: Do not list parents as they are not entitled to derivative status]

4. APPLICANT'S MAILING ADDRESS AND NEAREST CONSULATE

                 Be sure the address is complete since this is where notification
                 will be sent if the application is selected. A telephone number
                 is optional. Also list location of U.S. Consular office closest to
                 current residence or last residence prior to entering U.S.

5. APPLICANT'S NATIVE COUNTRY IF DIFFERENT FROM COUNTRY OF BIRTH

The application should be placed in an envelope which is between 6 inches and 10 inches (15 cm to 25 cm) in length and between 3 inches and 4 inches (9 cm to 11 cm) in width.

In the upper left hand corner of the front of the envelope must be the country of which the applicant is a native. Typed or clearly printed below the country must be the same name and mailing address of the applicant as are shown on the application form.

Example:

New Zealand Doe, James John [Mosaic users: underline last name] 1111 Main Street Nashville, Tennessee 37204

Where do I send the application?

Applications must be sent by regular mail or air mail (not by hand delivery, telegram, or any means requiring acknowledgment such as registered mail or express mail) to one of the six following addresses, depending upon the region of the applicant's native country.

Note carefully the importance of using the correct postal zip code for each region:

ASIA: DV-96 Program, National Visa Center, Portsmouth, NH 00210, U.S.A.

SOUTH AMERICA: DV-96 Program, National Visa Center, Portsmouth, NH 00211, U.S.A.

EUROPE: DV-96 Program, National Visa Center, Portsmouth, NH 00212, U.S.A.

AFRICA: DV-96 Program, National Visa Center, Portsmouth, NH 00213, U.S.A.

OCEANIA: DV-96 Program, National Visa Center, Portsmouth, NH 00214, U.S.A.

NORTH AMERICA: DV-96 Program, National Visa Center, Portsmouth, NH 00215, U.S.A.

DISCLAIMER: This file is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. The information contained in this file is not intended to be legal advice.

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