Requirements to enter the Diversity Visa Lottery will change with the coming lottery, DV-2021. This was announced in the Federal Register (a publication of the US Government about changes in regulations of federal agencies).
Entrants must now include on the Entry Form the number of their passport, the name of the country/authority that issued the passport and the expiration date. The requirement only applies to the principal petitioner, not to his/her derivatives (spouse, child/children) listed when entering.
The requirement is waived is the entrant is stateless or a national of a communist-controlled country, unable to obtain a passport, or the beneficial of a passport-waiver issued by DHS and DOS.
Furthermore it is now explicitly stated that individuals who enter but not provide all required information on their Entry Form will be immediately disqualified. “Current instructions are not clear that failure to provide that information results in mandatory disqualification” according to the US Department of State.
What does this new rule mean ?
Until now a passport was not needed to enter the DV Lottery. It became only necessary when an entrant was “selected for further processing”, which means allowed to apply for a Diversity Visa. But starting with DV-2021 a valid, unexpired international travel passport is required to submit the Entry Form.
Why is this rule implemented ?
The State Department encountered more and more fraudulent entries each year. Criminals even submitted Entry Forms for individuals without their knowledge, then blackmailed them when they were selected.
Click Check Status, on the next page click Welcome. Follow the instructions for Enter Entrant Information.
You will need the 16-digit Confirmation Number that you received when you entered.
Lost your Confirmation Number ? Click the line in blue that says so. You will then be asked to also give the email address you used on your Entry Form.
Because so many people want to see if they won, it is possible the eDV system gets overloaded. Just wait a few days. No need to check the first day, it does not give you a better chance. You are either are selected or you are not.
UPDATE May 9: the eDV website was off-line for most of the day on May 8 and is still experiencing server outages on May 9.
Part of the official Diversity Visa Lottery website was taken off-line on Tuesday, October 10. People wanting to access the DV-2019 Entry Form found they were unable to so so. Entrant Status Check for DV-2018 continued to be possible. The Department of State gives maintenance of the Electronic Application System (AES) as the reason. It is at this moment unclear when the site will resume accepting DV Applications. The 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery program started last week on Tuesday, October 3, and will end on Tuesday, November 7, at noon.
As of Thursday, October 12, the problems are ongoing and the Entry Form can still not be accessed.
Websites offering registration for this year’s Visa Lottery are popping up all over the internet and on the social media. “Apply for your Green Card NOW !” they advertise.
These websites are NOT created by the US Government. These sites are set up by private persons, agencies or companies. They make money of the (free) US Diversity Visa Lottery program. The person, agency or business can be legally registered in the US. That does not mean they are licensed by the US Government to offer Visa Lottery or Green Card related services.
Do not be fooled by the official sounding names of some of these agencies. Or by the websites they have, complete with official looking stamps and seals.
Spending money does not buy you a better chance of winning a Green Card !
The US Department of State issued the results of the drawing for the 2018 Visa Lottery.
For DV-2018 in total 14,692,258 participants submitted a qualified entry (23,088,613 with derivatives). Approximately 115,968 of these entries were selected for further processing through the Kentucky Consular Centre (KCC).
Selected Entrants can submit a Visa Application (apply for a Green Card). Every year 50,000 visas are made available for the Diversity Program.
The larger number of “winners” should insure that all available Diversity Visas are issued during Fiscal Year 2018. Past experience shows that some of the first 50,000 Selected Entrants decides not to pursue a visa. The Visa Number is then used for the Selectee next in line. The place in line is given at random.
To see the numbers of winners per Region and per Country:
Prez Trump’s revised Executive Order (EO) is set to take effect next week on Thursday, March 16. The new EO bans citizens from 6 countries to travel into the US for 90 days, and bans refugees for 120 days from coming to the US.
The revised EO was released because the previous one was hit by a restraining order, issued by a judge in Washington State.
Washington is now requesting a Federal Judge to rule that the restraining order should also apply to the new EO. Two more states, Oregon and Minnesota, have joined this request.
The State of Hawaii has filed a lawsuit of its own, this one challenges the new EO itself. The judge in Hawaii has set a hearing for Wednesday, March 15.