Diversity Visa Lottery
DV-2016 Program: Online Registration
Online registration for the DV-2016 Program begins on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will conclude on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays.
Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501), online at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation page and confirmation number. There is no cost to register for the DV Program.
Instructions for the DV-2016 Visa Lottery Program are available on the website of the State Department at: http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/DV-2016-Instructions-Translations/DV_2016_Instructions_English.pdf
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 September 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). 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.
You will need to update the information about yourself and your family that you included in your DV entry. The principal applicant and each family member who plans to apply for a diversity visa and travel to the United States should fill out an electronic DS-260.
If your family circumstances have changed after you entered the lottery, for example, if you have gotten married or had a child, you will need to add your new family members to your case. After submitting the Form DS-260 online, print the confirmation page. You must bring the confirmation page to your visa interview.
The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) will review your information, and will let you know if there are any problems with the data you have provided. KCC may request that you go back to CEAC to update information on your DS-260.
Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2015 Instructions (DV-2015) are available on the Department of State's website.
DV-2014 visa lottery program will be closed on September 30, 2014.
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 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-2015 Program Participants
Persons whose DV-2015 Lottery entry has been selected.
- DV-2016 Prospective Participants
Persons who submit their entry for the DV-2016 Visa Lottery Program.
If you receive an e-mail claiming that you have been selected in the 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 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-2015 and 2016 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. As of October 1, 2014 we will start processing the DV-2015 Visa Lottery Program cases.
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