Diversity Visa Issuance for Nepalis Surges in November and December

The US Embassy in Kathmandu issued a significant number of diversity visas in November and December 2023, after granting none in October. According to data from the US Department of State, 414 Nepalis received diversity visas in December, with 411 of those issued from the Kathmandu embassy alone. Additionally, 256 visas were issued in November, bringing the total for the two months to 670.

This spike follows a trend of the US Embassy in Kathmandu issuing the most diversity visas among immigrant visa categories in November and December. Parents of US citizens also received a substantial number of visas, with 267 in December and 172 in November. However, October saw 330 visas issued in this category, slightly higher than in November and December.

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While no diversity visas were granted in October 2023, this is not unusual for the US Kathmandu embassy, as they also did not issue any in October 2022. Typically, significant numbers are issued starting in January. This fiscal year, diversity visas began being issued significantly since November.

According to the Visa Bulletin, up to 1,300 case numbers were current for Nepal in October and November, and that number grew to 2,500 in December. The total number of DV winners from Nepal for this fiscal year is 3,863, compared to 3,808 in 2023. Nepal ranked third in Asia for DV winners, behind Iran (5,077) and Afghanistan (4,536).

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