DV Lottery Help

Diversity Visa Lottery for Ethiopia.

Diversity visa lottery program for Ethiopia born people is the best available opportunity to immigrate to the USA legally and quickly, if selected as a winner in this draw. This American DV program used to attract nearly all the Ethiopian people. There are no restrictions for them to participate in this draw, if their birth had happened in Ethiopia. Also they should meet the education/work experience to get the required entry permits through this annual draw.

People can apply for the DV-2020 program till 06th November 2018.

DV Lottery for Ethiopia

Education Certificate For Ethiopians.

  • Proof of graduation from 12th grade (including an Ethiopian Leaving Certificate Examination, a University Entrance Exam, or a Higher Education Qualification Exam), showing at least 5 passing grades, or Proof of graduation from a four-year university (or) you must submit official copies of school transcripts along with the above certificates.
  • High school Certificate Complete Pass with Compulsory subjects after 12 years of schooling.
  • There is no need for the applicant to be fluent in English.
  • Program requirements are assed and determined according to the U.S. immigration law, and not determined by this Embassy.
Work Experience:
  • Getting DV visas through your work experience with Ethiopia vocational certificate is very difficult one.
  • Qualified work experience is defined as at least two years of full-time employment during the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of college training or experience. Occupational Skills List found at http://online.onetcenter.org.

An Ethiopian person is allowed to submit ONLY one entry with his name as primary applicant in any fiscal year program.
His legal spouse too can include him and their children in her entry as spouse and children in the draw, if she meets the education/work requirements.

Take Note: America Government accepts monogamy marriges only.

  • It is not necessary to be a married person to participate in this draw.
  • Unmarried person (Single) is allowed to participate in the program.
  • Don't agree with your agents' request to make fraud marriages.
  • Assisting another person to get an American visa through Fraud marriage is against the law.
  • Applicants married to ONE spouse must include his/her spouse and all the unmarried children who are under the age of 21.
  • And this must include all their natural children, their previous marriage children along with their legally adopted children.
  • Even if the children are not living with the parents or not intended to immigrate to the USA, they should be included in the entry.
  • Children who are having American citizenship or LPR (Green Card) should not be included in the E-DV entry.

DV Photos.

Participants and dependants must include their digital photo file (with white back round) in their birth order. Photo should have been taken recently (within 6 months) according to the requirements of DV Draw. Photos used in DV-2019, DV-2018 and DV-2017 should not be uploaded with the application form.
If found that you had used an old DV photo file, your entry will be rejected.

  • Don't apply through Agents. Most of the agents don't enter your E-Mail address in the application form.
  • They don't give you the true confirmation number.
  • This is planned by them to get money from you, if you are selected as a winner.
  • They will ask money to provide your confirmation number and the email that was used in the application form.
  • So make sure that your AGENT is a trusted person. Otherwise find a good man/company.
  • Results for the last held DV-2019 program is now available in the official website from the month of May, 2018.
  • Confirmation number and personal details are required to view the selection results.
  • Last year, nearly 4,496 winners were selected from Ethiopia. Only 3,500 visas will be available for Ethiopia winners.
  • The officer will interview you and adjudicate your application ONLY after you have paid the visa processing fee of US$ 330.
  • Only an American consular officer can determine whether you qualify for a visa or not.
  • If for any reason your visa is rejected, you can't complain about it or apply against the decision. It is the final.
  • At the Diversity Visa interview if you are refused with the visa, your visa processing FEE WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

DV-2019 Winners must use DS-260 online visa form.

  • Online Visa Application for DV-2019 Winners DS-260. Here.
  • Visa Fees: Here
  • Visa Interview: Here
  • Affidavit of Support I-134. Here.
  • Read this Diversity Visa application processing Information. Here.


Instructions For Ethiopian DV Applicants. - travel.state.gov

DV-2018, DV2017 and DV 2016 programs are officially closed.

Next coming Draw is DV-2021. It is expected to accept entries by October 2019.

What the US Embassy in Ethiopia:


.S. immigration law requires that every DV winner must at least complete a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to completion of a 12-year course of study in the United States.  In Ethiopia, an ESLCE (12th grade) or Higher Education Entrance Qualification certificate showing at least five passing grades, or a university degree are sufficient. Vocational training in Ethiopia – known as TVET – cannot be considered a substitute for high school education and does not meet the education criteria for DV eligibility. In some cases, applicants may substitute have two years of recent work experience in certain limited fields. Applicants should visit onetonline.org to see if they qualify for a DV based on their work experience.

The U.S. Embassy encourages applicants to apply on their own although applicants are allowed to have someone else submit on their behalf. No matter who completes the form, the applicant is responsible for ensuring their applications are complete. Entries that are not correct or complete may be disqualified. It is free to register for the program, but each applicant may only submit one entry and multiple entries will result in disqualification.  Entrants who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.

Interested applicants are warned to beware of fraudulent offers to “help” them obtain a Diversity Visa.  The selection process is random and there is no way for an outside actor to influence the selection.   Similarly, there are no fees related to submitting an entry.  The only time applicants will need to pay a fee is if they are selected for an interview.

The State Department will only notify entrants of their selection and visa interview appointment via the DV Lottery website.  The Department will not send selectee notification or appointment letters to successful entrants by regular mail or by email any such communications are fraudulent.  Starting May 1, 2018 entrants may enter their DV-2019 entry confirmation number in the Entrant Status Check, available at dvlottery.state.gov, to determine whether their entry was selected.   Checking your status multiple times does not increase the likelihood that you will be selected.

Source: ethiopia.usembassy.gov