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    Diversity Visa lottery accepting applications

    By admin | October 4, 2006

    The application period for the 2008 Diversity Visa Program begins today, and extends until noon on December 3, 2006. The program is a random lottery open to applicants with a high school education or equivalent, or who can show two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience within the last five years.

    The programme selects 50,000 winners, divided among six geographic regions with a maximum of 7% available to people born in any single country. In last year’s lottery, there were 160 visa winners from Ireland and 42 from Northern Ireland.

    Many of the local Irish immigration centres in the US are running workshops to help people apply for the visa lottery. Visit the US Department of State website for official instructions.

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