Diversity Immigrant Visa program (DV)
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2017 Diversity Visa Program Opens
The application period for the 2017 Diversity Visa (DV) program opens at noon, Eastern Standard Time, October 1, 2015 (9:45 pm local time in Nepal; Thursday, Asoj 14, 2072 B.S.), and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, November 3, 2015 (10:45 pm local time; Kartik 17, 2072 B.S.).
There is NO FEE to enter the DV lottery. The U.S. Embassy recommends against using a consultant to assist you with your application. Please consider using a family member, friend or other trusted person if you need assistance. No matter who provides assistance, you are solely responsible for your own application. We strongly encourage DV program entrants to apply early!The DV-2017 Lottery will be conducted entirely electronically. Paper entries are not accepted. The Department of State has established a dedicated website for the submission of E-DV entries www.dvlottery.state.gov. This is the only website available for DV-2017 registration. Just one application is accepted per applicant. More than one application per person will result in disqualification.
Applicants will receive a unique confirmation number during registration, which they can use to check the status of their. Only those applicants who have kept their confirmation page will be able to check their entry status, and, if selected, receive instructions and notices. Please print and keep your confirmation page.
The general instructions and requirements for the DV-2017 are available at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/diversity-visa/entry.html.html and should be read carefully. Failure to comply with all the instructions could result in the disqualification.
DO NOT BECOME A VICTIM OF FRAUD. If you register your information in websites other than www.dvlottery.state.gov you could be a victim of fraud. For more information, please visit SCAM ALERT. (http://www.travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/fraud.html)
The results for DV 2017 will be released on May 3, 2016. Selectees may enter their DV-2017 entry confirmation number into the Entrant Status Check at http://dvlottery.state.gov to find out whether their DV-2017 entry was selected or not. DV-2017 data will be available through the Entrant Status Check until at least September 30, 2017. All entrants should keep their confirmation number until September 30, 2017, whether they are initially selected or not. The Entrant Status Check, will provide next-step instructions to selectees, and will direct each selectee to the "Instructions for Selectees" web pages, which are accessible on http://travel.state.gov, or by entering the web address http://dvselectee.state.gov.
DV-2017 selectees who respond to the notification instructions on Entrant Status Check will receive e-mail communications alerting them that a visa appointment has been scheduled. Such e-mails will not contain information on the actual appointment date and time but will instead direct selectees to check their interview appointment details on Entrant Status Check.
Beware of scams: DV winners do not receive emails informing them of their selection. Any letter, email, or other announcement asking you to pay any processing fee in advance of your visa appointment at the embassy should be disregarded as the work of a scam artist.
Inquiries regarding diversity visas should be directed to the customer service center via phone or email. In Nepal, the service center can be reached at 1-800-091-0114 from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday-Friday. Callers in the United States can reach the service center at (703) 988-3428. Applicants can also email the service center at email@example.com.
All diversity visa applicants must create a profile at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/np. The profile will facilitate inquiries, document submission, and visa collection.
The U.S. Embassy will not accept phone calls, emails, or walk-in visits regarding diversity visa inquiries.
DV- 2016 Interviews
The interviews for DV-2016 winners began on October 1, 2015 and will run through September 2016. All family members must appear at the interview and arrive with all the necessary documentation.
For your appointment letter: Please visit dvlottery.state.gov or check your email.
To help prepare for your DV interview, please assemble the following documents:
DS-260 form for Diversity Visa applicants:
Please make sure that all the information on your DS-260 is accurate and updated before your interview at the U.S. Embassy. If you need to update any information, such as a change in marital status, addresses, birth of a new child, new passport information or if you find any errors on your DS-260 before your interview, please contact the Embassy and request that your DS-260 be unlocked. You should then be able to make the necessary changes prior to the interview.
Errors or incomplete information found on your DS-260 application at the time of interview will cause unnecessary delays and your appointment will be rescheduled. The Consular Officer will confirm with you at the time of the interview that you have completely read and understood all of the answers provided on your DS-260. If you cannot confirm having read and understood the contents of your application, the interview will not proceed.
The DS-260 will be available at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/
Limited Visa Numbers:
All DV-2016 applicants should bear in mind that there are
a limited number of DV visas available every year for Nepal and the delay
caused by a case being on hold may result in an otherwise qualified applicant
not receiving a visa due to this numerical limitation. For this
reason, individuals who miss or reschedule their appointments, or come
unprepared without all required documents, risk the possibility that a visa
will not be available. Visa numbers cannot be transferred or reserved if
you do not qualify on your appointment date.
For more information on Diversity visa please visit:http://www.uscis.gov/green-card/other-ways-get-green-card/green-card-through-diversity-immigration-visa-program/green-card-through-diversity-immigrant-visa-program.
DV-2016, radio PSA
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DV-2017
- For information about the 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery, please watch this video (in two parts).
- The transcript from the Diversity Visa WebChat held on August 31, 2011 is now available here! [pdf 109KB]