For the third year running, the number of registered applications from Latvia for U.S. immigrant visas has decreased, according to the latest results of the diversity visa lottery announced by the U.S. Department of State.
A total of 75 applicants from Latvia have been registered for the 2007 U.S. diversity visa lottery and may now apply for permanent residency, the department announced July 18. They are among about 82,000 applicants—from a total of 5.5 million entries—who have been notified they may apply for permanent residency.
Only 50,000 of the applicants will receive immigrant visas.
Last year, 97 applications from Latvia were registered for the 2006 lottery. Applicants for the 2005 lottery numbered 158, compared to 172 for the 2004 lottery.
Applications for the 2007 lottery were accepted from Oct. 5-Dec. 4.
A total of 40 applications were registered from Estonia, the State Department said, while 298 were registered from Lithuania.
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