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Diversity Visa Lottery 2012 (DV-2012) Results Released

Posted by Karen Pollak on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 @ 6:51 AM

immigration lawyer dallas txThe Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2012 diversity lottery.  The diversity lottery was conducted under the terms of section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and makes available *50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.  Approximately 100,021 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-2012 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 until September 30, 2012).

Applicants registered for the DV-2012 program were selected at random from 14,768,658 qualified entries (19,672,268 with derivatives) received during the 30-day application period that ran from noon on October 5, 2010, until noon, November 3, 2010.  The visas have been apportioned among six geographic regions with a maximum of seven percent available to persons born in any single country.  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.

SEE AUTHENTIC NOTIFICATION LETTER HERE

Registrants living legally in the United States who wish to apply for adjustment of their status must contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for information on the requirements and procedures.  Once the total *50,000 visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year 2012 will end.  Selected applicants who do not receive visas by September 30, 2012 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2012 registration.  Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2012 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative diversity visa status until September 30, 2012.

Only participants in the DV-2012 program who were selected for further processing have been notified.  Those who have not received notification were not selected.  They may try for the upcoming DV-2013 lottery if they wish.  The dates for the registration period for the DV-2013 lottery program are expected to be widely publicized at some point during the coming months.

* The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in November 1997 stipulated that up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas be made available for use under the NACARA program.  The reduction of the limit of available visas to 50,000 began with DV-2000.

The following is the statistical breakdown by foreign-state chargeability of those registered for the DV-2012 program: 

AFRICA
ALGERIA 1,799
ANGOLA 42
BENIN 511
BOTSWANA 7
BURKINA FASO 226
BURUNDI 56
CAMEROON 3,374
CAPE VERDE 9
CENTRAL AFRICAN
  REP. 3
CHAD 33
COMOROS 9
CONGO 105
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC
  REPUBLIC OF THE 3,445
COTE D'IVOIRE 553
DJIBOUTI 38
EGYPT 4,664
EQUATORIAL GUINEA 4
ERITREA 670
ETHIOPIA 4,902
GABON 48
GAMBIA, THE 113
GHANA 5,832
GUINEA 899
GUINEA-BISSAU 3
KENYA 4,720
LESOTHO 8
LIBERIA 2,101
LIBYA 136
MADAGASCAR 17
MALAWI 16
MALI 76
MAURITANIA 29
MAURITIUS 59
MOROCCO 1,890
MOZAMBIQUE 13
NAMIBIA 10
NIGER 32
NIGERIA 6,024
RWANDA 333
SAO TOME AND
  PRINCIPE 0
SENEGAL 270
SEYCHELLES 6
SIERRA LEONE 3,397
SOMALIA 175
SOUTH AFRICA 833
SUDAN 757
SWAZILAND 0
TANZANIA 175
TOGO 845
TUNISIA 113
UGANDA 418
ZAMBIA 79
ZIMBABWE 123
 
ASIA
AFGHANISTAN 109
BAHRAIN 29
BANGLADESH 2,373
BHUTAN 5
BRUNEI 0
BURMA 370
CAMBODIA 596
HONG KONG
  SPECIAL ADMIN.
  REGION 54
INDONESIA 256
IRAN 4,453
IRAQ 153
ISRAEL 175
JAPAN 435
JORDAN 152
NORTH KOREA 0
KUWAIT 108
LAOS 1
LEBANON 274
MALAYSIA 118
MALDIVES 0
MONGOLIA 209
NEPAL 3,258
OMAN 11
QATAR 19
SAUDI ARABIA 217
SINGAPORE 45
SRI LANKA 708
SYRIA 160
TAIWAN 391
THAILAND 73
TIMOR-LESTE 9
UNITED ARAB
  EMIRATES 92
YEMEN 149
 

EUROPE

ALBANIA 1,508
ANDORRA 1
ARMENIA 998
AUSTRIA 130
AZERBAIJAN 304
BELARUS 493
BELGIUM 105
BOSNIA &
  HERZEGOVINA 83
BULGARIA 883
CROATIA 107
CYPRUS 26
CZECH REPUBLIC 104
DENMARK 73
ESTONIA 49
FINLAND 91
FRANCE 574
     French Polynesia 7
     New Caledonia 1
GEORGIA 620
GERMANY 1,709
GREECE 105
HUNGARY 325
ICELAND 56
IRELAND 213
ITALY 529
KAZAKHSTAN 434
KOSOVO 137
KYRGYZSTAN 321
LATVIA 83
LIECHTENSTEIN 0
LITHUANIA 258
LUXEMBOURG 8
MACEDONIA 160
MALTA 20
MOLDOVA 1,238
MONACO 3
MONTENEGRO 18
NETHERLANDS 149
     Aruba 4
     Curacao 19
     St. Maarten 2
NORTHERN
  IRELAND 59
NORWAY 84
PORTUGAL 66
     Macau 19
ROMANIA 1,327
RUSSIA 2,353
SAN MARINO 1
SERBIA 298
SLOVAKIA 80
SLOVENIA 16
SPAIN 232
SWEDEN 200
SWITZERLAND 229
TAJIKISTAN 270
TURKEY 3,077
TURKMENISTAN 143
UKRAINE 5,799
UZBEKISTAN 4,800
VATICAN CITY 0
 
NORTH AMERICA
BAHAMAS, THE 15    
 
OCEANIA
AUSTRALIA 900
     Christmas Islands 3
     Cocos Islands 1
FIJI 628
KIRIBATI 14
MARSHALL ISLANDS 4
MICRONESIA,
  FEDERATED
  STATES OF 2
NAURU 5
NEW ZEALAND 309
     Cook Islands 6
     Niue 14
PALAU 5
PAPUA NEW
  GUINEA 0
SAMOA 0
SOLOMON
  ISLANDS 0
TONGA 93
TUVALU 0
VANUATU 8
WESTERN SAMOA 9
 
SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN
ANTIGUA AND
  BARBUDA 9
ARGENTINA 101
BARBADOS 25
BELIZE 9
BOLIVIA 84
CHILE 43
COSTA RICA 43
CUBA 292
DOMINICA 18
GRENADA 24
GUYANA 26
HONDURAS 80
NICARAGUA 49
PANAMA 21
PARAGUAY 17
SAINT KITTS AND
  NEVIS 7
SAINT LUCIA 4
SAINT VINCENT AND
  THE GRENADINES 16
SURINAME 15
TRINIDAD AND
  TOBAGO 175
URUGUAY 19
VENEZUELA 925

Natives of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2012: Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R. and Taiwan), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

Results For DV-2012 DV Lottery Are Available

Posted by Karen Pollak on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 @ 8:39 PM

dallas immigration lawyerThe results for DV-2012 DV Lottery | Diversity Immigrant Visa Program are available now!!! 

Please be sure to have the Entrant's Confirmation Number, Last Name/Family Name, and Year of Birth in order to check the entrant status online.

Click on the link below to see if you are a lucky winner!!!!!

https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/(S(4m3w3jvyhtbqx3mmakv3sa55))/Secure/StatusCheck.aspx

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New Results For DV-2012 DV Lottery Coming Soon!

Posted by Karen Pollak on Tue, Jul 05, 2011 @ 8:24 PM

dallas immigration lawyerFor the nearly 19.6 million applicants who thought they missed out on an opportunity of a lifetime, there is still hope for second chance.  A new, random selection for the DV-2012 Diversity Visa Lottery 2012 will be conducted in the upcoming days. The new selection will be based on the original entries.  If you submitted a qualified entry in 2010 between October 5 and November 3, you do not need to reapply. Your confirmation number to check results on this website is still valid. 

We expect the results of the new selection process to be available on the DV Entry Status Check website on or about July 15, 2011. More information is available on the State Department's website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why was it necessary to invalidate the names that were selected?

U.S. law requires that Diversity Immigrant visas be made available through a strictly random process.  A computer programming error resulted in a selection that was not truly random.

Since the computer programming error caused an outcome that was not random, the outcome did not meet the requirements of the law, and would have been unfair to many DV entrants.

Q:  Is the 2012 Diversity Visa Program cancelled?

No.  The 2012 program will continue.  The computer programming error has been identified and corrected.  The Department of State will run a new selection using all the qualified entries (ones received between October 5, 2010 and November 3, 2010) it received for the 2012 program. 

Q:  Do I have to submit a new application?

No.  You may not submit a new application.  We will use all qualified entries received during the October 5 to November 3, 2010 registration period.

Q:   Will you open a new entry period?

New entries will not be accepted.

Q:  I checked the Entry Status Check website after May 1 and it said I had been selected.  Can I apply for a DV visa?

Unfortunately results previously posted on this website were not valid because the selection process was not fair or random.  We will take the entries of all individuals who sent in their registration during the original October 5 to November 3, 2010 time period and run a new lottery.  We regret any inconvenience or disappointment this has caused.  We expect new results to be available on this website on or about July 15, 2011.

Q:  How can I check the results of the new selection?

The new results should be available on this website on or about July 15, 2011.  The confirmation code you received when you registered is still valid for use on the website. 

Q:  Was the Department of State hacked?  Was my personal information at risk?

We have no evidence that this problem was caused by any intentional act.  No unauthorized party accessed data related to the DV program.  

This appears to be solely the result of a computer programming error.

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DV-2012 DV Lottery Results Voided Until July 15, 2011

DV-2012 DV Lottery Results Voided Until July 15, 2011

Posted by Karen Pollak on Tue, May 17, 2011 @ 5:04 AM

Oops!!!!  In embarrassing fashion, the U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs announced that all results for last year’s diversity visa program for DV-2012 were incorrect.

Tens of thousands of would-be immigrants to America are sure to be disappointed after a computer glitch prompted the State Department to invalidate results of the most recent green card visa lottery.  

According to the State Department this was the result of a programming error, not a hack. This software defect incorrectly awarded 90% of the winners to those who  registered in the first two days of the lottery (October 5 and October 6, 2010).  Clearly this was a non-random selection that required voiding all results until a fix could be applied.

So that's heartbreaking news if you checked your winning status, and you received a message that you won the lottery.  However, it provides hope to the nearly 19.6 million applicants who thought they missed out on this golden opportunity.  Your original confirmation number is still valid.  If you entered last year’s DV-2012, you do not need to reapply. Just check your status beginning July 15, 2011 at the ESC website.

The Bureau plans to have the status checking capability back up and running in approximately 60 days (July 15).  We will blog with instructions on How to Check Your Status.

The Diversity Lottery program is an annual lottery run by the U.S. Department of State. The DV Lottery offers up to 55,000 permanent resident visas each year to randomly selected applicants from eligible countries. 

DV-2012 Lottery Ends in One Week! | Immigration

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 @ 4:35 PM

DV-2012 LotteryTime is running out!  Only one week remains!  The DV-2012 Lottery ends at Noon EST on November 3, 2010.  Don't miss this golden opportunity to punch your ticket! 

The entry form (electronic) will only be available for submission through this timeframe. Entries will not be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service.  Access the Electronic DV Entry Form DS-5501 at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov.

Please note that natives of many countries are not eligible for this visa program:  "For DV-2012, 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 2012. For detailed information and instructions, please visit the official U.S. Department of State website:  Information and instructions for the DV-2012 lottery are available on the Travel.State.Gov website. Use the link below to view the instructions:

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

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DV-2012 Lottery Starts in Just 3 Days!!! | Immigration

Posted by Karen Pollak on Sat, Oct 02, 2010 @ 10:31 AM
DV-2012Just 3 days until the DV-2012 Lottery begins.  The entry form  (electronic) will only be available for submission through Noon EST October 5, 2010, through Noon EST on November 3, 2010. Entries will not be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service.  Access the Electronic DV Entry Form DS-5501 at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov.

Please note that natives of many countries are not eligible for this visa program:  "For DV-2012, 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 2012. For detailed information and instructions, please visit the official U.S. Department of State website:  Information and instructions for the DV-2012 lottery are available on the Travel.State.Gov website. Use the link below to view the instructions:

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

Good Luck on your immigration journey!!!

DV-2012 Lottery Starts Soon! | Immigration

Posted by Karen Pollak on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 @ 8:53 PM

DV-2012The DV-2012 Lottery begins at Noon EDT on October 5, 2010, and ends at Noon EST on November 3, 2010.  The entry form (electronic) will only be available for submission through this timeframe. Entries will not be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service.  Access the Electronic DV Entry Form DS-5501 at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov.

Please note that natives of many countries are not eligible for this visa program:  "For DV-2012, 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 2012. For detailed information and instructions, please visit the official U.S. Department of State website:  Information and instructions for the DV-2012 lottery are available on the Travel.State.Gov website. Use the link below to view the instructions:

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

Good Luck on your immigration quest!!!

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