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Diversity Visa Lottery Information

DV 2015 Lottery (“Green Card”) Information

The online registration period for the DV-2015 Program closed on November 2, 2013. It is no longer possible to register for DV-2015; be aware of websites or e-mails advising you otherwise. They are NOT operating on behalf of the U.S. government.

Notification to DV-2015 Winners

Starting May 1, 2014, you will be able to check the status of your DV-2015 entry by referring to DV Entrant Status Check.  By entering your confirmation number and personal information the DV Entrant Status Check will be the sole means of informing you of your selection for DV-2015, you will NOT be notified by e-mail. The complete DV-2015 Instructions are available at

The DV Entrant Status Check will also provide 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.

Additionally, the applicants selected in the Diversity Visa lottery must meet certain educational and work experience requirements to be eligible for a visa.  Please review the requirements below carefully before submitting your application and paying the fee at the time of your interview if you got selected.  

The fee cannot be refunded, even if the consular officer determines that you lack the education and work experience to qualify for a diversity visa.

The “principal applicant” – the applicant in whose name the winning entry was submitted – may qualify for the visa in one of the following two ways:

  1. A high-school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education, including 4 years of high school, or
  2. Two years of work experience in a qualifying occupation within the past five years. 

Not all work experience qualifies.  To learn whether your occupation qualifies, consult the Department of Labor’s O*NET website.  Locate your occupation by selecting “Find Occupations” from the homepage and searching by keyword or job family.  Then select “Job Zone.”  

Your experience qualifies only if your occupation is designated as Job Zone 4 or 5 and classified in a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) range of 7.0 or higher.

If you cannot demonstrate that you qualify for a visa by meeting one of these two requirements, do not submit your application.  If you are refused a visa, your fee will not be refunded.

If any of your documents are found to be falsified, you will be permanently ineligible to receive a U.S. visa.

Diversity Visa Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters

The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase and reporting of fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters pose as the U.S. government, and attempt to extract payment or favor from DV applicants. We strongly encourage applicants to review the procedures for the DV program provided at, so that they know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom.


  • 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).