2014 Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration Period Opens
Online registration for the DV-2014 Program will begin on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 and conclude on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). After the entry period opens October 2, we recommend early entry, and we strongly encourage applicants not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Entries for the DV-2014 lottery are free and must be submitted electronically using the State Department’s dedicated website for entries:www.dvlottery.state.gov.
Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) entries are accepted ONLY during the open registration period, and only one entry per person is permitted (multiple entries disqualify the applicant). There is no fee charged by the Department of State to register in the DV-2014 program, and any website that charges a fee should be viewed with caution.
The annual Diversity Visa program makes immigrant visas available to persons meeting simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated, random lottery drawing chooses the selectees, and the visas are distributed among six geographic regions, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration. Within each region, no single country can receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.
For DV-2014, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years:
BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM.
Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.
A successfully registered entry will result in a confirmation screen containing the applicant’s name and a unique confirmation number. Applicants should print this confirmation screen for their records, as this confirmation sheet will contain the information needed for them to receive information about their DV-2014 entry status. All DV-2014 entrants will be required to go to the E-DV website Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved from their DV-2014 online entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program. Entrant Status Check will be available on the E-DV website at www.dvlottery.state.gov starting May 1, 2013, and continuing through at least June 30, 2014.
If you lose your confirmation information, you will not be able to check your DV entry status. The Department of State will not be able to resend the confirmation page information to you, nor will it be available from any other source.
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. If you cannot meet either of these requirements, you should not submit an entry to the DV program.
Education: The minimum educational requirement is completion of high school or its equivalent. For Irish-educated applicants this standard means achievement of a school leaving certificate with a passing grade of D or better in five subjects.
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.
For detailed information about entry requirements, along with frequently asked questions about the DV lottery, please see the instructions for the DV-2013 Diversity Visa lottery on the State Department’s Consular Affairs Website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html.
If you require further information, please contact:
The Public Affairs Office,
U.S. Embassy Dublin