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Green Card DV Lottery-2015 Entrants? Check If You have Won!

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, May 09, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

 Diversity Visa Lottery Scams, Diversity Visa Program, Diversity Visa Lottery, Green Card Lottery, green card, Green CardThe Kentucky Consular Center in Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2015 diversity lottery.  The diversity lottery makes available *50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.  Approximately 125,514 applicants have been registered and notified and may now make an application for an immigrant visa. Since it is likely that some of the first *50,000 persons registered will not pursue their cases to visa issuance, this larger figure should insure that all DV-2015 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 until September 30, 2015).

Applicants registered for the DV-2015 program were selected at random from 9,388,986 qualified entries (14,397,781 with derivatives) received during the 30-day application period that ran from noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, until noon, Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, November 2, 2013.  The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions with a maximum of seven percent available to persons born in any single country. 

For July, immigrant numbers in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2014 applicants chargeable to all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

RegionAll DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately 
AFRICA 56,300 Except:
Egypt:      30,900
Nigeria:     17,400
ASIA 8,900  
EUROPE 36,300  
NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS) CURRENT  
OCEANIA 1,300  
SOUTH AMERICA,
and the CARIBBEAN
1,550  

During the visa interview, principal applicants must provide proof of a high school education or its equivalent, or show two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience within the past five years.  Those selected will need to act on their immigrant visa applications quickly.  Applicants should follow the instructions in their notification letter and must fully complete the information requested.

Registrants living legally in the United States may apply for adjustment of their status through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.  Once the total *50,000 visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 2015 will end.  Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2015 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2015 registration.  Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2015 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2015.

Dates for the DV-2016 program registration period will be widely publicized in the coming months.  Those interested in entering the DV-2016 program should check the Department of State’s Visa web page in the coming months. To read a great article on winning the Diversity Visa Lottery go to http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2014/03/18/what-is-it-like-to-win-the-diversity-visa-lottery/



2015 DV Lottery Opens October 1, 2013

Posted by Michael Pollak on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 @ 3:00 PM

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The U.S. diversity (DV)
immigrant visa lottery
 for fiscal year 2015 opens on Tuesday, October
1, 2013 and will remain open for entries until November 2, 2013.  This
year, the U.S. government has 50,000 immigrant visas available through the DV
lottery and subsequent DV visa application process.

As in previous years, the Department of State
(DOS) will select about 100,000 entries as “winners” and then through a process
of elimination, 50,000 DV immigrant visas will actually be issued.  At
least half of the “winners” will be eliminated either due to technical errors,
the applicant’s failure to meet the minimum education or experience
requirements, or because the application was not approved before the
September 30th cut-off date.

Incorrectly Submitted Lottery Entries

The DV program has a deceptive appearance of
simplicity, but has numerous pitfalls.  These include rigid and technical
qualification requirements, such as being born in (as opposed to being a
citizen of) a country from among those listed as
qualifying countries by the Department of State
 docs/DV_2015_Instructions.pdf as well as specific
minimum educational (a G.E.D. is not accepted as the equivalent of a
high-school degree) or work experience requirements.  These rigid pitfalls
end up disqualifying thousands of distraught lottery winners every year.

DV Visa Application Cut-off Date

The DV immigrant visa is a “Cinderella visa.”
If not completed prior to midnight on September 30, the end of the government’s
fiscal year, it disappears.  This means once notified of selection,
numerous qualification steps must be completed prior to September 30 of the
relevant year.  The 2015 DV lottery opens October 1, 2013, and
those selected will have until September 30, 2015 to complete the
entire process and receive the DV visa.

Presently entrants will have to check their
lottery results online as no notifications of winning will be issued by
the government.  Starting on May 1, 2014, and continuing for the 16-month
period through at least September 2015, DV lottery entrants will have to
periodically check to see if DOS has updated their online lottery status. 
If so, the clock starts ticking for that lottery winner to prepare and submit
their DV visa application right away.  Historically (and again
anecdotally), this has resulted in tens of thousands of DV lottery winners
finding themselves unable to reach the finish line by the deadline.

5 Tips to Avoid DV Lottery Scams

Posted by Karen Pollak on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 @ 5:11 PM

We recently blogged about DV Lottery scams making their way around the web.  Apparently, there has been a subsequent wave of new deceptive practices attempting to con innocent people out of their money.dv lottery scams 

Below are 5 more tips for avoiding DV Lottery & Green Card Scams.

1.  CHECK ELIGIBILITY

Natives of many countries are not eligible for this visa program:  "For DV-2012, natives of the following countries were 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:  BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, 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..."

So...if you are from any of the countries mentioned above, you know right away that any form of correspondance claiming that you are a lucky green card winner is false! 

Also, before wasting your time applying for DV-2013, make sure to check out the eligibility and other requirements to qualify. For detailed information and instructions, please visit the official U.S. Department of State website:  Information and instructions for  are available on the Travel.State.Gov website.

 

2.  THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL WAY TO APPLY

U.S. Department of State Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery
U.S. Department of State Diversity Visa DV-2012 Instructions

The only official way to apply for the DV lottery is directly through the official U.S. Department of State Website during the specified and limited-time registration period.  Applicants selected in the Diversity Visa random drawing are notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center by letter, NOT email and are provided instructions on how to proceed to the next step in the process.

While many other non-governmental websites (e.g., using the suffixes ".com," ".org" or ".net") provide legitimate and useful immigration and visa related information and services, we strongly recommend going directly to the U.S. Department of State.  Forms and information are available FREE of charge.  We will post the link for Diversity Visa DV-2013 Instructions as soon as it is available.

The English language version is the only official version. However, some unofficial translations in Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Uzbek were published for DV-2012 and are available.

 

3.   CHECK STATUS

You may check the status of your DV-2012 Lottery entry on or after May 1, 2011 at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov. Click here for detailed information about Entry Status Check, lottery winner notification, and more.  The same will be true for future DV Lotteries.

 

4.  IF IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THEN IT IS!

Offers promising FREE airline tickets from your country to the USA to claim your Green Card fall into this category.

 

5.  WATCH OUT FOR SPAM

Some of the more common fraudulent emails are: [email protected][email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected].  By the time you read this post, there will be dozens more.  Just use common sense!

SUMMARY

If you follow these tips, chances are you will avoid becoming an innocent victim of these scams proliferating their way through the Internet.

 

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Immigration Scam Shut Down By FTC

DV Lottery Scams | Tips To Avoid Getting Scammed!

 

Immigration Scam Shut Down By FTC

Posted by Karen Pollak on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 @ 10:52 PM

Great news following yesterday's blog post on DV Lottery Scams...

Released by the Federal Trade Commission today:

green card lottery scamsAt the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge has shut down an operation that allegedly posed as the U.S. government, then duped consumers into paying fees ranging from $200 to $2,500 by claiming the fees would cover processing by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The court froze the defendants' assets and appointed a receiver to take over the business until the case is resolved. The FTC has asked the court to halt the business practices permanently and order the operation to repay its victims.

The real U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, offers advice and counseling to immigrants in the United States and people seeking to immigrate to the United States. USCIS provides application forms for such benefits as green card renewal, work visas, and applications for asylum. The application forms are free but can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to process.

According to the FTC, defendants Immigration Center and Immigration Forms and Publications, Inc., set up websites that mimic official government sites, and then used the fake sites to steer immigrants to their deceptive telemarketing operation. The websites depicted American eagles, the U.S. flag, and the Statue of Liberty and had URLs such as www.uscis-ins.us and wwww.usgovernmenthelpline.com. The sites directed consumers to call a toll-free number that an automated voice answered, "Immigration Center." Consumers were then transferred to a live person who answered, "USCIS or "U.S. Immigration Center," and identified him or herself as an "agent," "immigration officer," or "caseworker." The sites also offered counseling and application forms. The counseling was done by telemarketers who did not meet legal requirements to provide immigration services, the FTC said.

Continued here: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/01/immigration.shtm

DV Lottery Scams | Tips To Avoid Getting Scammed!

Posted by Karen Pollak on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 @ 9:28 PM

The DV Lottery is an exciting opportunity for potential immigrants to win a chance to obtain a coveted green card.  Millions of people around the world enter the free drawing hoping to be one of the lucky 50,000 winners. 

While there are many legitimate businesses that can help move you through this process, watch out for those that attempt to mislead or scam innocent people out of their money. Beware of potential impostor or fraudulent websites, emails or print advertisements.

Here is an example of an Impostor/Fraudulent Email Scam.  We received this email from one of our clients who was suspicious and asked us to check it out.

 

dv lottery scams

How Do I Know if U.S. Visa Information Is Official and Correct?
The Department of State, Visa Services advises the public that only internet sites including the ".gov" indicator are official government websites, for our agency offices located in the United States. We are proud to have more than 200 U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. While many of these Embassy websites have the ".gov" indicator in their internet address, a number do not. The Department of State websites www.state.gov and travel.state.gov link directly to all U.S. Embassy websites abroad at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. You'll find this link of both Department of State websites listed above. This is a useful way for the public to access Consular Section websites. Visa applicants are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer any assistance in obtaining U.S. visas. Please note the following:

Immigration Related Websites
Many other non-governmental websites (e.g., using the suffixes ".com," ".org" or ".net") provide legitimate and useful immigration and visa related information and services. If payment is requested for information from a non-governmental source, this payment is not received by the U.S. Government and does not apply towards a visa fee. Regardless of the content of other websites, the Department of State does not endorse, recommend or sponsor any information or material shown at these other websites. The information provided may not be correct or up-to-date so should always be verified independently.

Impostor or Fraudulent Websites and Email
A few other websites may try to mislead customers and members of the public into thinking they are official websites. These websites may have a U.S. flag or picture of an official U.S. Government building or famous U.S. person to mislead you into believing that the website is sponsored by the U.S. Government, when they are not. These websites may attempt to require you to pay for services such as forms and information about immigration procedures, which are otherwise free on the Department of State www.state.gov and travel.state.gov websites, or overseas through the Embassy websites. Also, on the Department of Homeland Security websites: www.uscis.gov, www.cbp.gov and www.ice.gov, forms and information are available free of charge. Additionally, these other websites may require you to pay for services you will not receive. These web sites may contact you by email to lure you to take advantage of their false offer to get a U.S. Visa. Additionally, be wary of sending any personal information, since these sites may even be used to gather personal information that could result in identity fraud or theft.

Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Programs and Scams
There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as official U.S. Government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to "complete" lottery entry forms. To learn more, please see the Federal Trade Commission Warning. The only official way to apply for the DV lottery is directly through the official U.S. Department of State Website during the specified and limited-time registration period. Applicants selected in the Diversity Visa random drawing are notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center by letter, NOT email and are provided instructions on how to proceed to the next step in the process. No other organization or private company is authorized by the Department of State to notify Diversity Visa lottery applicants of their winning entry, or the next steps in the processing of applying for their visa.

International Scams
For more information about international scams involving internet dating, inheritance, work permits, overpayment, and money-laundering please visit the Department of State's International Financial Scams page.

How Do I Report Internet Fraud or Unsolicited Email?
If you wish to file a complaint about Internet fraud, please see the econsumer.gov website, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, which is a joint effort of consumer protection agencies from 17 nations at http://www.econsumer.gov/english/ or go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). To file a complaint about unsolicited email, contact Department of Justice contact us page.

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