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LIST OF QUALIFYING COUNTRIES BY REGION

The lists below show the countries QUALIFIED within each geographic region for this diversity program. The determination of countries within each region is based on information provided by the Geographer of the Department of State. The countries that do not qualify for the DV-2003
program were identified by the Immigration and Naturalization Service according to the formula in Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Dependent areas overseas are included within the region of the governing country. The countries that do NOT qualify for this diversity program (because they are the principal source countries of Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based immigration, or "high admission" countries) are noted in parentheses after the respective regional lists.


AFRICA

ALGERIA
LIBERIA
ANGOLA
LIBYA
BENIN
MADAGASCAR
BOTSWANA
MALAWI
BURKINA FASO
MALI
BURUNDI
MAURITANIA
CAMEROON
MAURITIUS
CAPE VERDE
MOROCCO
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
MOZAMBIQUE
CHAD
NAMIBIA
COMOROS
NIGER
CONGO
NIGERIA
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC
RWANDA
REPUBLIC OF THE SAO TOME AND PRINCIPLE
COTE D'IVIORE (IVORY COAST)
SENEGAL
DJIBOUTI
SEYCHELLES
EGYPT SIERRA
LEONE
EQUATORIAL GUINEA
SOMALIA
ERITREA
SOUTH AFRICA
ETHIOPIA
SUDAN
GABON
SWAZILAND
GAMBIA, THE
TANZANIA
GHANA
TOGO
GUINEA
TUNISIA
GUINEA-BISSAU
UGANDA
KENYA
ZAMBIA
LESOTHO
ZIMBABWE


ASIA

AFGHANISTAN
LEBANON
BAHRAIN
MACAU SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
BANGLADESH
BHUTAN
MALAYSIA
BRUNEI
MALDIVES
BURMA
MONGOLIA
CAMBODIA
NEPAL
HONG KONG SPECIAL
NORTH KOREA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
OMAN
INDONESIA
QATAR
IRAN
SAUDI ARABIA
IRAQ
SINGAPORE
ISRAEL
SRI LANKA
JAPAN
SYRIA
JORDAN
TAIWAN
KUWAIT
THAILAND
LAOS
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
YEMEN


(Asia countries that do not qualify for this year's diversity program:
CHINA - [mainland-born ], INDIA, PAKISTAN, SOUTH KOREA, PHILIPPINES, and VIETNAM.) The HONG KONG S.A.R., MACAU S.A.R. and TAIWAN do qualify and are listed above.


EUROPE

ALBANIA
LITHUANIA
ANDORRA
LUXEMBOURG
ARMENIA
MACEDONIA, THE FORMER
AUSTRIA
YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN
MALTA
BELARUS
MOLDOVA
BELGIUM
MONACO
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
NETHERLANDS including components and dependent areas overseas
BULGARIA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
NORTHERN IRELAND
CZECH REPUBLIC
NORWAY
DENMARK including components and dependent areas overseas
POLAND
PORTUGAL
ROMANIA
ESTONIA
RUSSIA
FINLAND
SAN MARINO
FRANCE including components and dependent areas overseas
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SPAIN
GEORGIA
SWEDEN
GERMANY
SWITZERLAND
GREECE
TAJIKISTAN
HUNGARY
TURKEY
ICELAND
TURKMENISTAN
IRELAND
UKRAINE
ITALY
UZBEKISTAN
KAZAKHSTAN
VATICAN CITY
KYRGYZSTAN
YUGOSLAVIA, FEDERAL
LATVIA
REPUBLIC OF LIECHTENSTEIN


(European countries not qualified for this year's diversity program: GREAT BRITAIN. GREAT BRITAIN (UNITED KINGDOM) includes the following dependent areas: ANGUILLA, BERMUDA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, CAYMAN ISLANDS, FALKLAND ISLANDS, GIBRALTAR, MONTSERRAT, PITCAIRN, ST. HELENA, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Note that for purposes of the diversity program only, Northern Ireland is treated separately; Northern Ireland does qualify and is listed
among the qualifying areas.





NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE

(In North America, CANADA does not qualify for this year's diversity program.)


OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA including components and including components and
dependent areas overseas dependent areas overseas
NEW ZEALAND
FIJI
PALAU
KIRIBATI
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MARSHALL ISLANDS
SOLOMON ISLANDS
MICRONESIA, FEDERATED TONGA
STATES OF TUVALU
NAURU
VANUATU
SAMOA

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
HONDURAS
ARGENTINA
NICARAGUA
BARBADOS
PANAMA
BELIZE
PARAGUAY
BOLIVIA
PERU
BRAZIL
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS
CHILE
SAINT LUCIA
COSTA RICA
CUBA
DOMINICA
SURINAME
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
ECUADOR
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
GRENADA
URUGUAY
GUATEMALA
VENEZUELA
GUYANA

(Countries in this region that do not qualify for this year's diversity program:
COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EL SALVADOR, HAITI, JAMAICA, and MEXICO.)




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