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Ethiopia - US Embassy Hosts Media Roundtable on DV-2010 Program
In an effort to help the Ethiopian public understand the rules and procedures of the new Diversity Visa 2010 program, the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section hosted a media roundtable with representatives of Ethiopia’s leading daily and weekly newspapers, as well as television and radio, on October 1, the first day of the new DV-2010 program.
Acting Consul Heather Guimond, and Vice-Consul Brian Adkins, explained in detail the new education rules that go into effect this year, as well as the need to complete all application forms accurately and completely. Many past applicants have been turned down, she said, because of simple mistakes that could easily have been avoided. While it is certainly not necessary for Ethiopian applicants to avail themselves of “visa services” or other private individuals or companies, there is certainly a need for some people to get help in translating the forms and supplying the information in English. However, she warned, no one can guarantee the issuance of a visa or otherwise promise consular services for a fee.
Vice-Consul Adkins went into detail about the deadlines and procedures for applications, noting that all of the information is available on the U.S. Embassy’s website (http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov) and all forms are available free of charge.
In response to questions from the reporters, of whom more than a dozen attended, Mrs. Guimond noted that Ethiopia has the highest acceptance rate for Diversity Visas in the world. Last year, almost 3500 such visas were issued to Ethiopians from the Embassy here in Addis Ababa and she expects the number this year to be just as high. 3500 is currently the limit for Ethiopia.
Public Affairs Counselor Michael McClellan thanked the media for their attention to this issue as it is clearly of great importance to the general public. By publishing the website addresses and providing readers and listeners with accurate information about the DV-2010 program, the media will ensure that deserving Ethiopians will have a fair chance at receiving a Diversity Visa, while preventing those who would commit fraud to succeed and take a place from an honest and deserving person.
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