If the Information from the United States Department of State is anything to go by, then Nigeria and some other countries will no longer be eligible to participate in the American Diversity Visa lottery programme.
The department said Nigeria was excluded since over 50,000 Nigerians had immigrated into the United States in the last five years.
The countries affected included: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador and Haiti.
Others are India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam
African countries which would continue to enjoy the programme include Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia and Ghana,Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles and Sierra Leone.
Diversity visas are said to be distributed among six geographic regions, while no single country could receive more than seven per cent of the available space in any year.
Already, advertisements for the 2015 US DV lottery have started with several businesses inviting Nigerians to apply for the program.