Diversity Immigrant Visa program (DV)
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Important Notice for DV 2014 Applicants:
According to U.S. law, the number of diversity visas worldwide per year is currently limited to 50,000. At most, applicants living in Nepal can receive 3,500 of these diversity visas. Particularly as the yearly September 30 deadline approaches, those applicants who are otherwise qualified and who may have even had an interview at the U.S. Embassy may not receive a visa due to this limitation. If your case is put on hold because it is determined that you need to produce further documentation, please do so in a timely fashion in order to avoid this unfortunate circumstance.
Registration for 2015 Diversity Visa Program
DV 2015 Program: The application period for the 2015 DV program opens at noon, Eastern Standard Time, October 1, 2013, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, November 2, 2013. We strongly encourage DV program entrants to apply early!
The U.S. Embassy reminds applicants that 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.
Entries for the DV-2015 Diversity Visa lottery must be submitted electronically during the registration period. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. When registering, it is imperative that you list your spouse and all of your unmarried children under age 21 at the time of application. Submissions without the inclusion of these family members will invalidate your entry. You may submit only one application. Duplicates will disqualify you from being selected.
After you register, be sure to print and save your confirmation number. This number is the only way to check your status. Never give your confirmation number to anyone. Entrants must provide an e-mail address as part of their entry. Note, however, that there is NO email notification sent to selectees informing them they were selected. The only method of determining whether you were selected for the DV is by entering your confirmation number at www.dvlottery.state.gov on or after May 1, 2014. If you are selected, this site provides next-step instructions to selectees, including receiving a notification of appointment via the email address provided during in the initial DV form submission. Every DV entrant is also strongly encouraged to keep his or her confirmation number until June 30, 2015.
Please be aware that even if you are selected as a DV winner, this does not guarantee that you will receive a visa. Not all selectees are scheduled for an interview due to numerical limits on the number of visas that can be issued. If you do get a visa interview a Consular Officer will determine whether you meet the qualifications and are eligible for the DV under U.S. immigration law. Among other things, the applicant will need to show that he or she meets certain educational or work experience requirements, as described at www.dvlottery.state.gov. The educational requirement is a minimum of twelve years of formal education (generally, completion of SLC+2). You must have sat for all twelve years of classroom studies. Merely taking a private test at the +2 level is not sufficient. Vocational degrees, including the CTEVT, will count only if they are accepted in Nepal as a basis for further academic study to all programs in all institutes of higher education. Vocational degrees that allow limited admission to selected programs do not count as twelve years of formal education for the purposes of the DV program.
The Diversity Visa Program
The Diversity Visa (DV) program offers an opportunity for immigration to persons in countries that do not send large numbers of immigrants to the United States. Applicants are selected at random from qualifying entries. Those winners who qualify at the time of their interview are issued visas and, upon entering the United States, are granted Legal Permanent Resident ("Green Card") status in the United States.
Important notes about the DV program:
- There are no costs or fees to register for the DV program. Only those applicants who come to the US Embassy for an Immigrant Visa interview will be charged applicable visa fees. Currently, the fee for each Diversity Visa is Nrs. 33,000 payable in cash at the time of the visa interview. This fee is subject to change and non-refundable.
- Please be aware that even if you are selected as a DV winner and receive the second letter from KCC, this does not guarantee that you will receive a visa. At the time of your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you meet the qualifications and are eligible for the DV.
- DV winners must have the equivalent of twelve years of formal education at a minimum to qualify for a visa. In Nepal, this is Intermediate (+2 or A levels) or certificate (Proficiency Leaving Certificate) level, which is the degree obtained for successfully attending and passing two years in college after ten years of school. Private exams taken instead of school attendance do not count.
- Vocational degrees, including the CTEVT, will count only if they are accepted in Nepal as a basis for further academic study in higher education institutions. Vocational degrees that allow limited admission to selected programs do not count as twelve years of formal education for the purposes of the DV program.
- If the DV winner has not completed 12 years of education, he or she must have work experience in an occupation identified by the U.S. Department of Labor. Most of these kinds of jobs require the equivalent of a U.S. university degree. To find out more about whether your work experience qualifies you for a DV, look up your job here. Your job should score a 7.0 or higher on the Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) rating range to qualify.
- Very few people qualify for the DV based on their work experience. If you do not have either the educational or work experience, you WILL NOT qualify to receive a DV and should not proceed with your DV application.
- On your entry, you must list your spouse (husband or wife), and all unmarried children under 21 years of age, regardless of whether or not they are living with you. Please note that if you did not include your spouse and all unmarried children under age 21 on your original electronic DV entry for any reason, you WILL be disqualified from the DV, and you WILL NOT receive a visa (even though you receive the second letter from KCC).
- If you have not received a medical clearance from our panel physician, IOM, by September 30 of the year in which you qualify for an interview, you will not receive a DV.
Entering the Lottery
DV 2015 Program: Online registration for the DV 2015 Program will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).
How to Check Your Status
Starting May 1, 2014, you will be able to check your DV- 2015 entry by visiting http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information. This Entrant Status Check will be the sole means of informing you of your selection for DV-2015, providing instructions to you on how to proceed with your application, and notifying you of your appointment for your immigrant visa interview. Therefore, it is essential you retain your confirmation number.
If you have been selected for further processing in the Diversity Visa program, the next step is to complete the immigrant visa application form and follow all the instructions given to the selectees.
Because of the limited number of DV numbers, not all selectees receive an interview appointment.
Selectees will then receive a notification of appointment via the email address provided during the initial DV form submission.
Please note that the Kentucky Consular Center will provide application information online through the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website
Preparing for the Interview
Applicants need to prepare DV documents and are required to submit the required documents, pay required fees, and them at the Consular section, U. S Embassy on the appointment date.
Below is a checklist of documents to bring to your interview. Please assemble them in the following order and bring original documents: LINK FOR DV CHECKLIST (PDF 148KB)
All immigrant visa applicants are required to complete a medical examination by the Embassy panel physicians. Upon receiving the DV appointment letter from KCC, contact the International Organization of Migration (IOM) for a medical examination. Please visit the following link http://nepal.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/medical-exams.html.
The results of the medical examination will be sent directly to the Consular section by IOM
The DV applicants will be interviewed by a consular officer at the U.S. embassy to demonstrate that they qualify for a diversity visa.
Applicants in DV interviews are required to demonstrate that they had met the educational or employment qualifications for the DV program when they applied for the DV. Bringing original transcripts and mark sheets from your university or high school (SLC and intermediate or plus two) education will help to demonstrate educational history. Providing detailed information about employment and job responsibilities will help to demonstrate work experience. Note that very few people qualify for the DV based on their work experience. A consular officer will determine if an individual applicant's employment meets the requirements for the DV program. If you know you do not qualify for the DV program based on your education or work experience, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY.
The Diversity Visa appointment cannot be rescheduled unless you are unable to attend the interview for circumstances beyond your control. Please come for the interview on your appointment date even if all the required documents are not ready and therefore cannot be presented on the appointment date. You may bring in the missing documentation after the interview, the Consular officer will review the documents submitted and the visa will be issued immediately if the documentation is found acceptable or you will be asked for further documents or information as required.
Diversity Visa Fraud – Avoid Becoming a Victim!
- There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as official U.S. Government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to "complete" lottery entry forms. Please be aware that there is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. Also note that the Department of State no longer notifies successful Diversity Visa applicants by letter. Persons seeking to enter the lottery program must register online through the designated website (http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/) during the registration period.
- There is no cost for the DV program until the day of the interview. Applicants do not need to pay money to anyone for DV information. On the day of the interview, DV winners will pay the application fee to the U.S. Embassy directly.
- The United States government employs no outside consultants to facilitate visas. We strongly urge you NOT to use consultants’ services, as their assistance does not improve your chances of obtaining a visa. If you do not meet the minimum qualifications for the visa, you WILL NOT receive a visa. Any consultant who claims that he can improve your odds is promising something he cannot deliver.
- Please do NOT attempt to submit fraudulent documents with your visa application. By doing so, you will be refused a visa and risk being permanently ineligible for any type of visa to the United States in the future. Furthermore, you may be turned over to the police who may take legal action against you.
- Regardless of whether an entry is submitted by the applicant directly, or assistance is provided by someone else, the applicant alone remains responsible for insuring that all information in the entry is correct and complete.
- Apply early to make sure your application is accepted. All registrations must be done electronically; mail-in requests or paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in website delays.
DV-2015, radio PSA
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DV-2015
- 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]