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(1) Eligibility to compete for consideration under section 203(c).
(INSERTS 6) An alien shall be eligible to compete for consideration for visa issuance under INA 203(c) during a fiscal year only if he or she is a native of a low-admission foreign state, as determined by the Attorney General pursuant to INA 203(c)(1)(E)(i), with respect to the fiscal year in question; and if he or she has at least a high school education or its equivalent or, within the five years preceding the date of application for a visa, has two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two yea rs training or experience. The eligibility for a visa under INA 203(c) ceases at the end of the fiscal year in question. Under no circumstances may a consular officer issue a visa or other documentation to an alien after the end of the fiscal year during which an alien possesses diversity visa eligibility.
(2) Definition of high school education or its equivalent.
For the purposes of this section, the phrase high school education or its equivalent shall mean successful completion of a twelve-year course of elementary and secondary education in the United States or successful completion in another country of a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to completion of twelve years' elementary and secondary education in the United States.
(3) Determinations of work experience.
Determinations of work experience. For all cases registered for the 2003 Diversity Visa Program, consular officers shall use the Department of Labor's O*Net OnLine to determine qualifying work experience. Consular officers shall use the O*Net OnLine for those cases registered for a Diversity Visa Program for a fiscal year prior to FY 2003, unless the O*Net OnLine-determination differs from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT)-determination and the applicant would be disadvantaged by the use of the O* Net OnLine.
(4) Limitation on number of petitions per year.
No more than one petition may be submitted by, or on behalf of, any alien for consideration during any single fiscal year. If two or more petitions for any single fiscal year are submitted by, or on behalf of, any alien, all such petitions shall be void and the alien by or for whom submitted shall not be eligible for consideration for visa issuance during the fiscal year in question.
(5) Northern Ireland.
For purposes of determining eligibility to file a petition for consideration under INA 203(c) for a fiscal year, the districts comprising that portion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, known as ``Northern Ireland'', shall be treated as a separate foreign state. The districts comprising ``Northern Ireland'' are Antrim, Ards, Armagh, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Banbridge, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Coleraine, Cookstown, Craigavon, Down, Dungannon, Fermanagh, Larne, Limavady, Lisburn, Londonderry, Magherafelt, Moyle, Newry and Mourne, Newtownabbey, North Down, Omagh, an d Strabane.
(b) Petition for consideration--
(1) Form of petition.
An alien claiming to be entitled to compete for consideration under INA 203(c) shall file a petition for such consideration. The petition shall consist of a sheet of paper on which shall be typed or legibly printed in the Roman alphabet:
(i) the petitioner's name;
(ii) date and place of birth (including city and county of which the alien claims to be a native, if other than the country of birth;
(iii) name(s), and date(s) and place(s) of birth of spouse and all child(ren), if any, (including legally-adopted and stepchildren, regardless of whether or not they are living with the petitioner or intend to accompany or follow to join the petitioner); and
(iv) current mailing address.
(INSERTS 6) The petitioner shall personally sign his or her signature to the sheet of paper, using his/her usual and customary signature in his or her native alphabet. (Neither an initialed signature nor block printing of the petitioner's name will be accepted and will result in the disqualification of the entry).
(INSERTS 6) The alien shall also affix to the entry a photograph of himself or herself and photographs of his or her spouse and all unmarried children under the age of 21 years. The photographs shall meet the following specifications:
(i) The photograph shall range in size from 37 mm x 37 mm to 50 mm x 50 mm ;
(ii) The alien shall print his or her name and date of birth on the back of the photograph;
(iii) The alien must be directly facing the camera;
(iv) The head of the person being photographed shall not be tilted up, down, or to the side, and must cover about 50% of the photo area.
(v) The photograph must be taken with the person in front of a neutral, light-colored background.
(vi) The alien's face must be focused;
(vii) The person in the photograph shall not wear a hat or glasses with a dark lens.
(viii) Photographs may be either color or black and white.
(4) Submission of petition--
(i) General. A petition for consideration for visa issuance under INA 203(c) shall be submitted by mail to the address designated by the Department for that purpose. The Department shall establish a period of not less than thirty days during each fiscal year during which petitions for consideration during the next following fiscal year may be submitted. Each fiscal year, the Department shall give timely notice of both the mailing address and the exact dates of the application period, through publication in the Federal Register and such other methods as will ensure the widest possibl e dissemination of the information, both abroad and within the United States.
(ii) Form of mailing. Petitions for consideration under this section shall be submitted by normal surface or air mail only. Petitions submitted by hand, telegram, FAX, or by any means requiring any form of special handling or acknowledgement of receipt will not be given consideration. The petitioner shall type or print legibly, using the Roman alphabet, on the upper left-hand corner of the envelope in which the petition is mailed his or her full name and mailing address, and the name of the country of which the petitioner is a native, as shown on the petition itself. Envelopes shall be between 6 and 10 inches (15 cm to 25 cm) in length and between 3 and one-half and 4 and one-half inches (9 cm to 11 cm) in width. Envelopes not bearing this information and/or not conforming to the restrictions as to size shall not be processed for consideration.
(c) Processing of petitions. Envelopes received at the mailing address during the application period established for the fiscal year in question and meeting the requirements of subsection (b) shall be assigned a number in a separate numerical sequence established for each regional area specified in INA 203(c)(1)(F) . Upon completion of the numbering of all envelopes, all numbers assigned for each region shall be separately rank-ordered at random by a computer using standard computer software for this purpose. The Department shall then select in the rank orders determined by the computer program a quantity of envelopes for each region estimated to be sufficient to ensure, to the extent possible, usage of all immigrant visas authorized under INA 203(c) for the fiscal year in question.
(d) Approval of petitions.
Envelopes selected pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section shall be opened and reviewed. Petitions which are legible and contain the information specified in paragraph (b) of this section shall be approved for further consideration.
(e) Validity of approved petitions.
(INSERTS 6)A petition approved pursuant to paragraph (d) of this section shall be valid for a period not to exceed Midnight of the last day of the fiscal year for which the petition was submitted. At that time, the petition is automatically revoked pursuant to INA 203(c)(1) and no diversity immigrant visa numbers can be allotted after that date.
(f) Order of consideration.
(INSERTS 6)Further consideration for visa issuance of aliens whose petitions have been approved pursuant to paragraph (d) of this section shall be in the regional rank orders established pursuant to paragraph (c) of this section.
(g) Allocation of Visa Numbers
Diversity immigrant visa numbers should be allocated in accordance with INA 203(c)(1) and shall be allotted only during the fiscal year for which a petition to accord diversity immigrant status was submitted and approved. Under no circumstances shall immigrant visa numbers be allotted after Midnight of the last day of the fiscal year for which the petition was submitted and approved.
(h) Further processing.
The Department shall inform applicants whose petitions have been approved pursuant to paragraph (d) of this section of the steps necessary to meet the requirements of INA 222(b) in order to apply formally for an immigrant visa.
(i) Maintenance of information concerning petitioners who are visa recipients.
(1) The Department shall compile and maintain the following information concerning petitioners to whom immigrant visas are issued under INA 203(c) :
(ii) country of birth;
(iii) marital status;
(v) level of education; and
(vi) occupation and level of occupational qualification.
(2) Names of visa recipients shall not be maintained in connection with this information and the information shall be compiled and maintained in such form that the identity of visa recipients cannot be determined therefrom.
(j) Processing fee. In addition to collecting the immigrant visa application and, if applicable, issuance fees, as provided in Sec. 42.71(b) of this part, the consular pfficer shall also collect from each applicant for a visa under the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program such processig fee as the Secretary of Sate shall prescribe.
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