DV2019 American diversity program had closed from accepting application forms from its participants.
The revised online registration period for the Program began on Tuesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concluded on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4).
Those applicants who had submitted their entry between 03rd of October 2017 till 10th October 2017 were requested to submit their entries once again. It will not be counted as duplicate entry by the system. This old confirmation numbers starting with 2019 will not provide any results during the online results checking process. All the entries that were submitted in the first week of October had been removed from the system.
DV-2020 is the current American Government's official diversity visa program. It is now accepting application forms from the month of October till November 2018. Usually around 50,000 US immigrant visas are issued under any fiscal year draw. So there will be no change in the number of entry permits that will be available under this FY program.
This year's registration period opened on 03rd October 2018 to provide application form online through the official website.
During the registration period, eligible country born people only can participate for this program. This free registrations draw is covered with strict rules and they are implemented strictly. Only thing you have to take care is to go to the correct website.
There are plenty of fake website with official log embalm posing as the official DV website of the American diversity visa program. If you get trapped in any of these websites, they may ask you to pay through credit card for their service. Nobody knows whether they will apply on behalf of you or not. Also take note that the photo which was used in the last draw can't be sent in to this draw as plenty companies claim multi year submission with your image.
Those who want to participate must have been born in one of the eligible country, and the birth country should be in the eligible country list of the draw. Age must be more than 18 years of age. (When you fulfill the education requirements)
Equivalent to American High School Certificate, after studying in Junior and High School for 12 years. Or 2 years of work experience within the last 5 years in an occupation after learning the trade for 2 years in a field accepted according to the Onet.
Single person has to play as single and those married participant must include their legal spouse and eligible children.
E-DV Entry Submission.
A qualified person is allowed to submit only one entry with his name as primary applicant, in any of the given year draw. Multiple entries from a primary applicant will not be accepted by the system.
It is not necessary to be a married person to participate in the draw.
Single person can submit an E-DV entry in to the system.
He must include one digital photo file of himself prepared according to the DV Instructions.
When a married participant wants to submit his entry, he must observe the following things.
He must include her/his spouse with her digital photo file in the entry.
Include all the unmarried children who are under the age of 21.
Submit their names in their birth order with their digital photo files.
Children mean their natural, previous marriage ones and legally adopted ones.
Children who are already US citizen or LPR holders should not be included.
Digital photo files.
Don't use the photo files that were used in the previous DV programs.
If found that you had used old photo files, your entries will be disqualified.
Applying for the draw.
Download and fill the form within given 60 minutes and submit it back.
The application form can't be saved in your computer to use later.
Use only English alphabets.
If necessary to go back while filling the form, use the specially provided back button.
Once the entry is accepted you will shown with the "Success page".
Write down the confirmation number.
The confirmation number used to consist 16 alphanumeric.
There is no change from the previous eligible country list.
This current draw did not allow Nigeria, Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Pakistan and some other country natives from participating in the FY 2020 draw.
Eligible country list of 2020 is same as the DV-2019 one. Here.
How can I win green card?
You must have to participate in the draw, if you are eligible by birth and got the education /work experience. And you must be a lucky person to be elected in the computer random name selection draw.
How many people used to participate in the green card lottery?
Normally 14 million people used to participate in the Green card lottery. Around 100,000 people will be selected as winners to issue available 50,000 U.S Entry permits as not all the selected people don't meet the eligibility of the draw.
Results will be provided through the official website by the month of May in the year 2019. Read more here.
Winner in DV program?
Green card lottery winners need to apply for the immigrant visa here.
Diversity Visa processing fees.
Visa processing fees is US$ 330 for the winner and each of his dependants.
Visa processing fee is non refundable one. For any given reason if your visas are refused you will lose visa processing fees too. There is no place to challenge the consular officer's decisions for the visa refusal. It is confirmed one.
After visa issuance a USCIS process fees will apply US$ 165.
There is no place to challenge the consular officer's decisions for the visa refusal. It is final.
After visa issuance a USCIS process fees should be paid US$ 165.
The diversity visa lottery program will close officially after issuing the visas on 30th September 2019.
No winners can benefit from their selection as it will go null after this date.