How To Apply For Diversity Visa Program DV-2022.
1 DV-2022 Diversity Visa Program Launched
2 Program Overview
3 DV-2022 Electronic Application Process
3.0.1 Take a look :
As it does every year, the Department of State administers the Diversity Visa (DV) program, a program authorized by the U.S. Congress. Section 203 of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides visas to a category of immigrants known as “diverse immigrants,” that is, those who come from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For FY 2022, 50,000 diversity visas (DVs) are available. This program is free of charge, and there is no application fee.
Applicants selected through the DV program must meet the program’s simple and specific criteria in order to qualify. The Department of State determines selections through a random electronic draw. Available visas are divided among six geographic regions, and no single country can receive more than 7% of the total DV visas available for the year.
DV-2022 Program Electronic Application Procedure
Submit your electronic diversity visa application (the E-DV Entry Form, or DS-5501) at www.dvlottery.state.gov . Incomplete entries will not be accepted. There is no registration fee. Use an updated browser when submitting your application, older browsers (Internet Explorer 8, for example) will likely experience problems with the online DV system.
We strongly encourage you to complete the registration form without the assistance of “visa consultants,” “visa facilitators,” or other individuals who offer to complete a registration on your behalf. If you use the services of a third party to complete your registration form, you must be present during the completion of the form to verify that the information is correct and to retain your confirmation page and confirmation number. It is very important that you retain your confirmation page and confirmation number.
Without these two pieces of information, you will not have access to the verification system for selected registrations. Beware of those who offer to hold this information for you. You must also retain access to the email address you provided on your registration. See our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information about DV program scams. We also ask that you watch our video, which gives a general overview of the DV program with detailed tips to help you enroll.
After submitting your registration, you will see your name and a confirmation number on the screen. Please print this page to confirm your registration. Beginning May 7, 2020, you may check the status of your application by visiting www.dvlottery.state.gov. Once on this site, please click on the “Entrant Status Check” section and enter your confirmation number and personal information. You must use the “Entrant Status Check” if you have been selected for the DV-2022 program and if so, to check the appointment date for your immigrant visa interview. The U.S. government will not notify you directly. Verifying your enrollment through this “Entrant Status Check” is the only way to get instructions on how to proceed. See the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information about the selection process.
You must provide the following information in order to complete your registration:
1. Name – last name, first name, middle name – in the order they appear in your passport. If you have only one name, you must enter it in the “last name” section.
2. Gender – male or female.
3. Date of birth – day, month, year.
4. City of birth.
5. Country of birth – please use the name of your country of birth as it is currently used.
6. Country of Eligibility – your country of eligibility will normally be the same as your country of birth. Your country of eligibility is neither your current country of residence nor your country of nationality if it is different from your country of birth. If you were born in a country that is not eligible, please see the “Frequently Asked Questions” section to see if there is another way to qualify.
7. Applicant’s photograph – a recent photograph (taken within the last six months) of you, your spouse, and all of your children. For more information on photos and technical requirements, please see “Submitting a Digital Photograph.” You do not need to attach photos of a spouse or child who is already a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. However, you will not be penalized for doing so.
DV photos must meet the same requirements as U.S. visa photos. Your application will be rejected or denied if your photo and those of the family used in the application do not meet the requirements or have been manipulated. Your entry will also be rejected if you submit a photo that was previously submitted last year. Please see “Submitting a Digital Photograph.”
8. Mailing Address – Attention
First line of address
Second line of address
9. Current country of residence.
10. Telephone number (optional).
11. Email address – this must be an email address that you have direct access to, and will have access to after notification of selectees in May 2019. If your application is selected and you respond to the notification of your selection through the Entrant Status Check, you will receive a notification from the Department of State, informing you of the availability of your immigration visa interview information. The Department of State will never send you an email notifying you of your selection. See the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information about the selection process.
12. Your highest level of education to date – (1) elementary school only; (2) high school without a degree; (3) high school diploma; (4) vocational or technical studies; (5) undergraduate degree without a degree; (6) undergraduate degree; (7) graduate degree without a degree; (8) graduate degree (Master’s degree); (9) postgraduate degree; (10) postgraduate degree (Doctorate). See the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information about educational requirements.
13. Current Marital Status – (1) single; (2) married to a spouse who is NOT a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident; (3) married to a spouse who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident; (4) divorced; (5) widowed; (6) or legally separated. Please enter your spouse’s name, date of birth, gender, place of birth, and country of birth, as well as his/her digital photo that meets the same technical specifications as described above.
Failure to list your spouse or listing someone who is not your spouse will invalidate your application and all visa applications will be denied at the time of the visa interview. You must list your spouse even if you are separated, unless you are legally separated (i.e., by a formal court order). Legal separation is an arrangement that causes a married couple to live apart, pending a court order. If you and your spouse are legally separated, your spouse will not be able to immigrate with you through the DV program. You will not be penalized if you choose to register the name of a spouse from whom you are legally separated. If you are not legally separated by a court order, you must include your spouse even if you plan to divorce before applying for the DV visa. Failure to include your eligible spouse is grounds for disqualification.
If your spouse is already a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, do not list him or her in your application. A spouse who is already a U.S. citizen or permanent resident does not need or will not be granted a visa. Therefore, if you say “married, and my spouse is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident” on your application, you would not be required to provide any other personal information for your spouse. See the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information about family members.
14. Number of Children – Please list the names, dates and places of birth, genders, and countries of birth of all of your unmarried children under the age of 21, even if they are not residing with you and will not be accompanying you if you immigrate to the United States. Please submit an individual photograph for each child according to the standards described above.
Be sure to include:
– All of your biological children who are alive;
All children you have legally adopted; and
– All of your spouse’s unmarried children who are under 21 years of age as of the date of your registration, even if you are no longer legally married to their parent and even if the child does not currently reside with you or intend to immigrate with you.
Married children and children over the age of 21 are not eligible to participate in the DV program. However, the Child Status Protection Act protects overage children in some cases. If your electronic DV registration was submitted before your unmarried child turned 21 and the child turns 21 before the visa is issued, he/she may be considered a child under the age of 21 for visa processing purposes.
A child who is already a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident of the United States is not eligible for a DV, but you will not be penalized if you list him or her on your application.
Failure to list all eligible children or listing a child that is not your own will result in your disqualification and denial of all visas at the time of interview. See the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information about family members.
Submit your electronic diversity visa application (the E-DV Entry Form, or DS-5501) at www.dvlottery.state.gov .
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