December 18, 2006
The two-month 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery registration ended on December 3, 2006, and the U.S. Department of State reports that 6.4 million people applied for the approximately 55,000 available immigrant visas.  Winners will be randomly selected by computer under the geographic quotas that regulate the lottery.  The Diversity Visa Lottery is an annual event designed to increase the diversity of immigrants to the United States.  This year applicants from Africa (41%) and Asia (38%) represented the largest number of registrations.  Winners will be notified between April and June 2007 with a letter from the State Department’s Kentucky Consular Center.