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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 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.
(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.
(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.)
(In North America, CANADA does not qualify for this year's diversity program.)
AUSTRALIA (including components and dependent areas overseas)
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
(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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