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Only Two Days Left to Apply for 2011 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2011)

Posted by Michael Pollak on Sat, Nov 28, 2009 @ 4:05 AM

Hurry!  Only two days remain to enter the 2011 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2011). The entry submission deadline for DV-2011 is 12:00PM EST (GMT -5) on November 30, 2009. The entry form (electronic) will only be available for submission through this timeframe. Entries will not be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service.

Please note that natives of many countries are not eligible for this visa program:  "For DV-2011, 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:  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, before wasting your time, make sure to check out the eligibility and other requirements to qualify for DV 2011. For detailed information and instructions, please visit the official U.S. Department of State website:

U.S. Department of State Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery
U.S. Department of State Diversity Visa DV-2011 Instructions

Good Luck!!!

Immigration Question

Beware of DV Lottery Scams

Posted by Michael Pollak on Fri, Oct 09, 2009 @ 8:52 PM

The DV-2011 green card lottery opened earlier this month and it's a very exciting time for potential immigrants to win a chance to obtain a coveted green card.  While you have until the end of November to enter, beware of potential impostor or fraudulent websites, emails or print advertisements.

Millions of people will be entering 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. 

Check out the State Department's Fraud Warning to help you avoid becoming a victim.

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 Immigration Question

DV-2011 Diversity Visa Lottery Kicks Off

Posted by Michael Pollak on Sun, Oct 04, 2009 @ 3:23 PM

Important Notice about DV-2011: The online entry registration period for the DV-2011 Diversity Visa lottery is between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Friday, October 2, 2009, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Monday, November 30, 2009. Review the DV-2011 Instructions here.


The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available 50,000 diversity visas (DV) 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.

Lottery Winner Notification

Diversity Visa lottery applicants selected are notified by mail between May and July of the next year, following DV Online entry. Lottery entrants selected are provided further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the U.S. Those selected in the random drawing are NOT notified by email. Those individuals NOT selected will NOT receive any notification. The Diversity Visa Lottery Instructions "Selection of Applicants" section provides information about the DV timeframe and process.

Qualifying Occupations

The law and regulations require that every diversity visa entrant must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have, within the past five years, two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years' training or experience. To learn more about qualifying occupations, see the Diversity Visa Instructions Frequently Asked Question #13 and the List of Occupations document.

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