BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY PARTICIPATES IN UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT'S ELECTRONIC DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM (DV-2008)

October 5, 2006

In partnership with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will provide assistance to eligible immigrants applying for United States Visas through the Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DV-2008). All applications must be filed online.

BPL’s Learning Centers will provide individuals with free access to computers, the Internet, digital cameras, scanners, and assistance with filing lottery applications online. BPL's Learning Centers will provide Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DV-2008) service at BPL's Learning Centers from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays, from October 14 to December 2. The Central Library’s Learning Center will be open on Saturdays from 2 PM to 6 PM. Please note that there will be no service on Saturday, November 11 as all BPL libraries will be closed for Veteran’s Day.

Following are the locations and telephone numbers of BPL's Learning Centers:

Bedford Learning Center, 496 Franklin Avenue, 718.623.2134

Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2191

Service at Central Library will be provided on Saturdays from 2 PM to 6 PM
Coney Island Learning Center, 1901 Mermaid Avenue, 718. 265.3880

Eastern Parkway Learning Center, 1044 Eastern Parkway, 718. 778.9330
Please note that Eastern Parkway Learning Center will be closed on Saturday, November 25.

Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Boulevard, 22 Linden Boulevard, 718.856.2631

In order to ensure that BPL can provide individuals with the service they need, please arrive at Learning Centers no later than 2:30 PM or at Central Library before 5:30 PM.

“The Diversity Visa Lottery Program is a safe opportunity for eligible immigrants who want to become United States citizens,” said Jason Carey, BPL’s Director of Marketing and Communications.

“Yes,” agreed Susan O’Connor, BPL’s Manager of Literacy Services. “We have much to offer new Americans, such as workshops on citizenship, bilingual computer workshops, English Conversation Groups, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) literacy classes.”

ABOUT THE ELECTRONIC DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY PROGRAM (DV-2008)

Important Notes
Applications are only accepted online through www.dvlottery.state.gov
Applications require a digital photo of the applicant, as well as any spouse and/or children
The application deadline is December 3, 2006 at 12 PM
Official rules can be viewed at www.dvlottery.state.gov

Background
The Electronic Diversity Visa Program was designed to increase diversity in the US immigrant population by providing nationals of countries that have had low immigration rates an opportunity to apply for a visa.
Applicants for the Electronic Diversity Visa Program participate in a lottery, selected through a computer generated random drawing.
The Program is administered by the Department of State.

For further information about the Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery Program, please visit the State Department's website, www.dvlottery.state.gov, or call 311.


Contact
Marketing & Communications
Brooklyn Public Library
718.230.2767
mediainfo@bklynlibrary.org

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