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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

dv lottery

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.

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

Free Consultations Available | 800-969-5529

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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