Diversity Visa Lottery
Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program
DV 2017 Program: Online registration for the DV 2017 Program will begin on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will conclude on Tuesday, November 3, 2016 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official E-DV website during the registration period.
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Please ensure you meet the minimum requirements of the program before submitting an entry. The Visa Unit in Dublin will not review a case or review any documentation in regards to education or work experience until you have been successfully selected and have submited an application and paid the necessary fees. Further information is available here.
The Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program requires the principal DV applicant to have a high school education, or its equivalent, or two years of qualifying work experience as defined under provisions of U.S. law.If you do not have either the required education or qualifying work experience, you are not qualified to be issued a diversity visa. (Only you, as the principal applicant, must meet this requirement.)
Please note that being randomly chosen as a selectee does not guarantee that you will receive a visa. Selection merely means that you are eligible to apply for a Diversity Visa, and if your rank number becomes eligible for final processing, potentially to be issued a DV. Selected DV applicants who wish to receive visas must be prepared to act promptly on their cases. Individuals who miss their appointments or come without all required documents risk that a visa will not be available. Diversity Visa appointments cannot be rescheduled for reasons other than serious medical or similar emergencies. A DV reschedule request will only be considered if it is accompanied by a medical report or other documentation regarding the emergency reason.
Entrants are encouraged to prepare and submit their own entries. Entrants may have someone submit the entry for them, though they should be cautious if the assistant tries to charge them a fee. Whether an entry is submitted by the individual directly, or assistance is provided by an attorney, friend, relative, etc., only one entry may be submitted in the name of each individual. Entrants remain responsible for ensuring that their information is correct and complete. All entrants, including those not selected, will be able to check the status of their entries through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website. Entrants should not allow others to retain their confirmation page information but should hold on to it themselves so they may independently check the status of their entry.
Please see the Diversity Visa Programwebpage for all other information. All instructions should be read carefully, as failure to comply with all the instructions could result in the disqualification of an entry.
DV Entrant Status Check
2017 Entrant Status Check
Beginning May 3, 2016, DV-2017 entrants will be able to use their unique confirmation number provided at registration to check the online Entrant Status Check at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov to see if their entry was selected. Entrant Status Check will inform successful entrants how to apply for DVs for themselves and their eligible family members. Confirmation of visa interview appointments also will be made through Entrant Status Check.
Entrant Status Check is the sole means by which you will be notified if you are selected, provided further instructions on your visa application, and notified of your immigrant visa interview appointment date and time. The only authorized Department of State website for official online entry in the Diversity Visa Program and Entrant Status Check is www.dvlottery.state.gov.
All entrants should keep their confirmation number until September 30, 2017 regardless of whether they are selected initially.
The Entrant Status Check, when available on May 3, 2016 will provide next-step instructions to selectees, and will direct each selectee to the "Instructions for Selectees" web pages, which are accessible at dvselectee.state.gov
Please click the link below to check DV-2016 and DV-2017 Entrant Status:
The eDV website will work with a variety of Internet browsers, but it is best supported by Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher.
Caution About Diversity Visa Email Scams.
For DV-2017, notification and visa appointment letters will not be sent by mail, in order to prevent fraud. Instead, application information will ONLY be available through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website.
Any emails from the Department will only alert entrants to perform an Entrant Status Check. Our email communications will not provide selectee notification, will not direct recipients to pay fees, will not provide application instructions, and will not detail visa interview dates and times. This information is ONLY available through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website. You will not be asked to send money by mail or by services such as Western Union.
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More information is available here.
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