2017 DV Lottery

The U.S. State Department  has  announced the dates for the 2017 DV Lottery. Full instructions are available on the www.travel.state.gov  website.  Applicants  born in “high admission” countries, from which there were more than a total of 50,000 immigrants during the previous five years, are not eligible to enter.   Entry must be under the country of birth, not current nationality.

Complete program regulations and answers are available at travel.state.gov including  Frequently Asked Questions.  These instructions should be read carefully as failure to comply with all the instructions could result in the disqualification of an entry.

Applicant must be born in an eligible country, and have satisfactorily completed at least 12 years education.

  • The DV-2016 program registration period will run from noon, EDT on October 1, 2015, through noon, EDT November 3, 2015.
  • The DV-2016 program will be conducted entirely electronically, including electronic entry.  Paper entries are not accepted. The Department website established for the submission of E-DV entries is www.dvlottery.state.gov.
  • Registered entries that comply with form submission instructions will result in the display of a confirmation screen page containing the applicant’s name and confirmation number, which should then be printed.  The confirmation screen page will provide information the entrant must use to electronically check the status of his/her own entry through the Entrant Status Check available at www.dvlottery.state.gov.  Only those entrants who have their confirmation information will be able to check their Entrant Status and, if selected, receive application instructions and notification of their IV interview appointment.  A link on the Entry Status Check page will allow entrants to retrieve their confirmation number by entering their e-mail address, last name, and year of birth.
  • Only one entry may be submitted in the name of each individual, and the person entering DV-2016 remains responsible for ensuring that the information is correct and complete.  All entrants, including those not selected, will be able to check the status of their entry through the Entrant Status Check available at www.dvlottery.state.gov.
  • The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period.  The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries.  Entrants who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.

SCAM ALERT:  travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/fraud.html

This alert advises the public of various scams involved with the DV lottery.