Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Begins Oct 4, 2016
October 3, 2016
Tomorrow, October 4, 2016 is the opening day for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Fiscal Year 2018! The DV program is a part of the Immigration and Nationality Act that allows immigrants from historically low rates of immigration the opportunity to apply for a greencard in the U.S. Each year, 50,000 diversity visa (DVs) are available.All eligible applicants must submit their applications online. Similar to the H-1B Lottery where USCIS conducts a computerized drawing, the Department of State uses a computerized system to randomly draw winners in the DV Program. Winners are eligible to advance to the next step of applying for a greencard.The DV Program is great for foreigners interested in permanently immigrating to the United States. However, this process is not without some pitfalls and warnings. First, foreign nationals who are in the United States in a temporary non-immigrant status should be warned that submitting an immigrant visa application to the U.S. government may negatively impact your non-immigrant status. Please double-check with an immigration attorney if you find yourself in this situation. Second, the deadline to successful navigate through this process, if you are selected in the lottery, expires quickly. If you snooze, you will lose!What Are the DV Program Eligibility Requirements?To be eligible to submit an online application, applicants
- Must be born in an eligible country.
- Nationals of these countries are ineligible: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.
- Nationals of all other countries listed by the Department of State, including the countries persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan, are eligible.
- You may claim the country of birth of your spouse, or your parent (certain limitations apply)
- Must meet the educational or work requirements
- At least a high school education or equivalent, or
- 2 years of work experience within the past 5 years, in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform
- Date of birth
- City where you were born
- Country where you were born
- Country in which you are eligible under the DV Program
- Digital photograph taken within the last six months
- Mailing address
- Country where you currently live
- Phone number
- Email address
- Details about your highest education level
- Current marital status
- Number of children