Diversity Immigrant Visa program (DV)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All diversity visa applicants must create a profile at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/np. The profile will facilitate inquiries, document submission, and visa collection.
Effective April 1, 2015, the U.S. Embassy will not accept phone calls, emails, or walk-in visits regarding diversity visa inquiries.
The DV program
Each year, the U.S. Government makes 50,000 permanent residence visas available through the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program. The DV program was designed to bring greater racial and ethnic diversity to the United States. It offers 50,000 permanent residency visas to citizens of nations that have traditionally low level of immigration to the United States. Entries for the Diversity Visa lottery must be submitted electronically during the registration period. The selection of a person’s name in the lottery gives that person the opportunity to take the next steps in the visa application process. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. For more information on the DV program log into http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/diversity-visa/entry.html
Starting May 5, 2015, DV-2016 entrants may enter their DV-2016 entry confirmation number into the Entrant Status Check, available at http://dvlottery.state.gov, to find out whether their DV-2016 entry was selected or not. DV-2016 data will be available through the Entrant Status Check until at least June 30, 2016. All entrants should keep their confirmation number until September 30, 2016, whether they are initially selected or not. The Entrant Status Check, when available on May 5, 2015, 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 by entering the web address dvselectee.state.gov.
DV-2016 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.
DV- 2015 Interviews
The interviews for DV-2015 winners began on October 1, 2014 and will run through September 2015. 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-2015 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-2016
- 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]