September 27, 2011
U.S. Embassy to Hold Facebook Chat on Diversity Visa

Eastern Caribbean residents can find out more about the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program during a Facebook chat to be hosted tomorrow by the United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.{{more}}

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is mandated by the United States Congress and makes available up to 55,000 diversity immigrant visas (DVs) annually.

With the start of the online registration period (October 4 to November 5, 2011) approaching, the Embassy will hold a live chat event on the discussion board of its Facebook page ( on Wednesday, September 28, between 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Consular officers will answer questions and provide information about the DV Program. People wishing to participate must be signed up as fans of the Embassy’s Facebook page. The discussion will be opened from 12:00 noon on the day of the chat, so that people can post their questions in advance.

The 55,000 diversity immigrant visas are drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Citizens of Eastern Caribbean nations are eligible to apply if they meet the criteria specified below:

Successful DV entrants must be eligible to receive a visa by qualifying based on education, work, and other requirements. The law and regulations require that every DV entrant must have at least: A high school education or its equivalent; or two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years’ training or experience.

The online registration period for the 2013 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2013) will begin on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and conclude on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).