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MAY 22, 2014: Here you can preview a sample of DS-260 form before beginning
MAY 19, 2014: DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application – Frequently Asked Questions


Important Notice

On May 1, 2014, the Entrance Status Check (ESC) website experienced a brief technical problem. As a result, some people who logged into the site to check the status of their Diversity Visa 2015 (DV-2015) entries were shown the wrong information. Applicants who logged into the ESC website on May 1 and saw a notice of selection that did not include their name, or saw a notice that they were not selected, must re-check their status. Applicants must see a notice addressed to them by name as proof of selection to process further in the DV-2015 program.

IMPORTANT! MAY 1st, 2014

2015 Entrant Status Check: DV-2015 entrants may enter their confirmation information through the link http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/
>> Please read here how to Check your DV-2015 status
>> If you forgot your DV-2015 Confirmation Number, please read here

DV 2015 Entrants: Please keep your confirmation number until at least June 30, 2015 even if you were not selected on May 1, 2014.

All submission processing for the 2015 Diversity Visa program (DV-2015) has finished.

JULY 08, 2014: The Diversity (DV) immigrant category rank CUT-OFFS which will apply in September 2014
JUNE 10, 2014: The Diversity (DV) immigrant category rank CUT-OFFS which will apply in August 2014

JANUARY 14, 2014: Diversity Visa Program Statistics

DV-2014: You can read more information at the end of this page…


Program Overview

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered annually by the Department of State. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For fiscal year 2015, 50,000 diversity visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV Program.

Applicants who are selected in the lottery (“selectees”) must meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements in order to qualify for a diversity visa. Selectees are chosen through a randomized computer drawing. Diversity visas are distributed among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.

For DV-2015, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, 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.

Changes in eligibility this year: For DV-2015, natives of Nigeria are no longer eligible.

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Tell me more about Diversity Visa (DV):

The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer-generated, random drawing chooses selectees for DVs. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, and within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. Visas are allocated to nationals of countries with historically lower rates of U.S. immigration. Nationals of countries who have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the past five years are not eligible to apply for the Diversity Visa program.

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NEW!!! – For All Successful DV Entrants & Instructions for Selectees

SEPTEMBER 10, 2013: DV 2014 Program: The Diversity (DV) immigrant category rank CUT-OFFS which will apply in November
AUGUST 12, 2013: DV 2014 Program: The Diversity (DV) immigrant category rank CUT-OFFS which will apply in October

Important Notice – Same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), along with their minor children, are now eligible for the same immigration benefits as opposite-sex spouses ..READ MORE…

AUGUST 27, 2013: DV 2015 Program: Senior Republican says no to US illegal immigration reform
AUGUST 08, 2013: DV 2015 Program: US Representatives face summer of immigration pressure

JULY 15, 2013: DV 2015 Program: Republicans intend to block US immigration reform
JULY 10, 2013: DV 2015 Program: Green Card Lottery May be Cut with New Immigration Bill

MAY 1st, 2013:
DV 2014 Program: Now you can check the status of your application through the Entrant Status Check (ESC) on the E-DV website. Read more info here

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you have lost your confirmation information, NOW you are able to check your DV entry status. To retrieve your DV-2014 confirmation number, please read here.