The online registration period for the 2013 Diversity Visa Program will begin at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at 12pm Eastern Daylight Time. The deadline is Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 12pm Eastern Daylight Time. It is free for anyone to fill the form online at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/. Be aware that emails soliciting for money from legible winners is fraud. Winners will find out next year only by visiting the same website where they applied.
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The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
Successful DV entrants must be eligible to receive a visa by qualifying based on education, work, and other requirements. The law and regulations require that every DV entrant must have at least:
-A high school education or its equivalent OR
-Two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years’ training or experience.
To learn more about qualifying occupations, see the Diversity Visa Instructions Frequently Asked Questions and the List of Occupations webpage.
Those who applied last year for the 2012 program may check the status of their entries through the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website now through June 30, 2012.
Diversity Visa Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters
The U.S. 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. Review the procedures for the DV program provided here, so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom.