The State Department announced the winners of the 2011 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery on a statement posted on its Website. The diversity lottery was conducted under the terms of section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
For the 2011 DV lottery, 5,200 Ethiopians have been randomly selected and are eligible to apply for an immigrant visa. A total of 100,600 applicants have been randomly selected and notified out of 12.1 million qualified entries.
Ethiopia has the third largest number of DV lottery winners in Africa after Ghana (6002) and Nigeria (6000). 851 applicants from Eritrea were winners, while Kenya has 4,689, Sudan 1,156, Somalia 201 and Djibouti has 45 DV Lottery winners.
The visa allotment for DV 2011 will be used during fiscal year 2011 (October 1, 2010 until September 30, 2011).
You can check the status of your application from dvlottery.state.gov