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Entrance Period for Diversity Visa Lottery 2017 Now Open!

visa-1000-ffccccccWhite-3333-0.20.3-1The State Department announced that is now accepting applications for the 2017 Diversity Visa program. Applicants may register online through October 1, 2015 to November 3, 2015. The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

Application Process

All entries must be submitted electronically on the Electronic Diversity Visa website at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the specified registration period. There is no cost to register for the DV Program. The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries and you will be disqualified for submitting more than one entry.

After you submit a complete entry, the website will take you to a confirmation screen. Print this confirmation screen for your records. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation number, as it is the only way you can check whether or not you have been selected.

The Diversity Immigrant Visa 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.

Selection of Applicants

Each year, the Department of State conducts a random selection of DV applicants from all registered entries. On or about May 5, information on the Entrant Status Check on the Diversity Visa website is updated to inform all entrants if their online registration was selected or not. You will need to enter your confirmation number, which you obtained when you filled out your entry form, to check your entry status.

*Note: Entrant Status Check is the only means by which selectees are notified of their selection.

For questions regarding the Diversity Visa Program, eligibility and the application process, email our team of experiened attorneys at attorney@foleylawoffices.com.

Further information may be found at the U.S. Department of State’s website.