Diversity Visa Lottery Program



Registration for 2015 Diversity Visa (“Green Card Lottery”) Program

The Diversity Visa Program is an annual program that allows people who were born in certain countries, including Sri Lanka and Maldives, to apply for a chance to migrate to the United States legally.

The online application is free.  The only way to register for the lottery is to go to http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/.  Please check this website or the Embassy's Facebook page for updates.  

 Online registration for the Diversity Visa Lottery for 2015 will open on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 9:30PM, local Sri Lankan time and conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 9:30PM, local Sri Lankan time.  See the Diversity Visa Program Instructions webpage for the DV 2015 instructions.

Translations of the instructions:



Please note that the DV Lottery presentations have been postponed until further notice.  

Diversity Visa Program Notification

A computer will randomly select individuals from among all qualified entries. Starting in May 2014, you will be able to check the status of your entry by returning to http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/, clicking on Entrant Status Check, and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information.

Entering your confirmation number into the Entrant Status Check will be the only way to find out if you have been selected for a visa interview. If you enter your number and see that you have been selected for an interview, the website will provide instructions on how to proceed with your application. Therefore, it is essential you retain your confirmation number. Applicants may check the status of their entry online http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/

For further information on the Diversity Visa Program, please visit the State Department's Website.  

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.

DV 2014 Program:

Entrants in the Diversity Visa 2014 program may now check the status of their entries through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website through September 30, 2014. 

For All Successful DV 2014 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. When requested to do so by the Kentucky Consular Center, you will need to complete an immigrant visa application, submit required documents and forms to the Kentucky Consular Center. Please note that the Kentucky Consular Center will provide application information online ONLY through the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov.

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.44,600) 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.

Please bring all the documents listed on DV Checklist for your visa interview. Applicants must schedule their medical appointments with one of the panel physicians. Medical forms are available with the panel physicians. 

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