Diversity Visa Lottery
Online registration for the DV 2015 Program lasted from October 1, 2013 to November 2, 2013.
Entrants in the Diversity Visa 2015 program may check the status of their entries on the E-DV website from May 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
Beginning with DV-2015, all selected diversity visa (DV) applicants will have to submit the electronic DS-260 “Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application” accessible through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). Please note that the DS-260 online form will be available at the Consular Electronic Application Center beginning May 19th. Applicants for the DV-2015 program may not use the old paper DS-230 forms to apply for the diversity visa. To log into CEAC, DV-2015 applicants will need to provide their DV case number as given on their selection notification and the principal applicant’s date of birth.
Because the DV program is still transitioning to the on-line application form, the “Visa Status Check” function on the CEAC system will not work for DV applications initially. Once DV applicants submit their DS-260 visa applications and they are processed at KCC, they will receive an error message until their case is scheduled for interview. It is important that DV program applicants understand this error does not indicate a problem with the actual application. This check status functionality will be enabled in the coming year.
Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2015 Instructions (DV-2015) are available on the Department of State's website.
DV-2014 entrants may check the status of their entries through Entrant Status Check (ESC) on the E-DV website using their confirmation number.
Online registration for the DV-2014 Program began on October 2, 2012 and finished on November 3, 2012. Entries were submitted electronically using the electronic DV Entry Form (E-DV) available during the registration period at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov. Please read the Instructions for the 2014 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (PDF - 280.2 kb).
Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available each year by random selection 50,000 permanent residence visas to persons from countries that have low rates of immigration to the United States. Visas are apportioned among six geographic regions based on immigration rates over the last five years, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration.
In fiscal year 2013 Poland returned on the list of Diversity Visa (DV) eligible countries, though due to the large numbers of Poles immigrating to the United States, in the previous six years Poland was excluded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from the DV Lottery. The Immigration and Nationality Act states that no diversity visas shall be provided for “high admission” countries – those from which there were more than 50,000 immigrants during the previous five years. Each year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the DHS compiles the immigrant admission figures for the previous five years to identify those countries that must be excluded from the annual diversity lottery. A separate determination is made before each lottery application period, resulting in the list of countries eligible for the program changing from one year to the next. Therefore, it was possible that Poland was included in the DV-2013 Program again, because the number of Polish immigrants to the U.S. dropped below the 50,000 threshold for the preceding five years.
Please note that winning DV Lottery does not mean getting an immigrant visa or a green card. DV applicants have to meet all the requirements for both the DV Lottery and the U.S. immigrant visa to be eligible to obtain it.
- DV-2014 Program Participants
Persons whose DV-2014 Lottery entry has been selected.
- DV-2015 Prospective Participants
Persons who submitted their entry for the DV-2015 Visa Lottery Program.
If you receive an e-mail claiming that you have been selected in the DV-2014 Diversity Visa Lottery program, and requesting any action or payment from you, you should be aware that you are a victim of a scam.
The Embassy warns Polish citizens that such notifications are not legitimate. Please do not take any action or send any money.
For fraud warning details please check the State Department’s info at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/fraud.html.
Please note that Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) is no longer mailing a letter confirming that applicants were selected. Entrant Status Check is the sole means of informing you of your selection for the DV visa lottery program. The Entrant Status Check will also provide instruction on how to proceed with your application, and will notify you of your appointment for immigrant visa interview, so it is essential you retain your confirmation number.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you have lost your confirmation information, you will not be able to check your DV-2014 entry status. The State Department will not be able to resend the confirmation page information to you.
Electronic lottery entry in the annual DV program is free (there is no fee). To enter the DV lottery, you must be a native of one of the countries listed by the State Department. Persons born in Poland qualify for the DV-2014 and 2015 programs.
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. 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 Questions and the List of Occupations webpage.
Visa interviews for Diversity Visa 2014 began on October 1, 2013 and will finish on September 30, 2014.
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