Diversity Visa Lottery Program
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DV-2016 Program: Online Registration
DV 2016 Program: Online registration for the DV 2016 Program will begin on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will conclude on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).
DV-2016 Program Instructions
DIVERSITY VISA 2015 RESULTS NOTIFICATION
To find out if you were selected for a Diversity Visa this year, please enter your confirmation number at www.dvlottery.state.gov. (You must use the confirmation number you received when you did your on-line DV entry last year. If you have forgotten your confirmation number, the DV lottery website explains how you can find it.)
Please note that the Department of State does NOT notify winners by letter, e-mail or any means! If you or a loved one receives any kind of correspondence (especially one that asks for money!), please disregard it. It is fraud.
Do NOT send money to anyone! THE ONLY WAY TO FIND OUT IF YOU WERE SELECTED IS TO CHECK THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE. Congratulations to selectees!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION for All Successful DV 2015 Entrants: If you have been selected for further processing in the Diversity Visa program, after you receive instructions, you will need to demonstrate you are eligible for a diversity immigrant visa by successfully completing the next steps.
- For the DV-2015 program (applicants selected in May 2014 to begin applying for immigrant visas after October 1, 2014), the Department of State will use an electronic application form.
- This form, the DS-260 Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application, is completed online and will allow for more efficient processing of DV program applications. You may not use the paper form used in previous years to apply for the diversity visa in the DV-2015 program.
- The DS-260 will be available at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/
- Note: The “Visa Status Check” button will not work for DV applications until the case is scheduled for interview. An error message will appear but does not indicate a problem with the actual application.
- For further instructions on the application process for DV 2015:
Diversity Visa Program Instructions webpage for the DV 2015 instructions.
Translations of the instructions:
Eligibility for the DV Program
- In order to be eligible to receive a Diversity Visa, registrants selected by the automatic system will be required to prove at the time of their visa interview that they have met either the education or work experience requirement of the DV program.
- Education: The minimum educational requirement is the successful completion of 3 GCE A-level subjects, not including General English. In compliance with U.S. immigration regulations, completion of 6 GCE O-level subjects is no longer sufficient to qualify for the DV program.
- Work Experience: Applicants without the necessary academic qualification can instead use work experience to qualify. Applicable work experience is defined as two years of work experience within the previous five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform.
- The State Department uses the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net OnLine occupational network database (http://online.onetcenter.org/) to determine qualifying work experience. The qualifying occupation must be listed in this database with a designated “job zone” of 4 or 5 and a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) range of 7.0 or higher. Occupations that have a job zone lower than 4 and/or an SVP range of less than 7.0 will not qualify under the DV program.
Diversity Visa Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters
- The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. All applicants should be familiar with information about DV scams provided by the Federal Trade Commission. Also, review the procedures for the DV program provided below, so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom.
Diversity Visa Program Fees & Interview Appointment Date
- Selected program entrants will be provided further instructions along with their appointment date, including information on fees associated with immigration to the U.S. The Diversity Visa application fee is currently $330 (Rs.44,550) per person. The application fee is the only fee required and it is to be paid to the cashier at the U.S. Embassy at the time of the visa interview. This is the only fee for the Diversity Visa Program.