Diversity Lottery Visa Program
The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas (DVs) annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
NOTE: The 2014 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2014) opened at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 2, 2012, and closed at noon, EDT, Saturday, November 3, 2012. Currently, the Diversity Visa program is not open for entry.
People who wish to participate in the Diversity Visa Program must submit entries electronically during the registration period using the electronic DV entry form (E-DV). The registration period normally runs from early October to early November. Actual dates are announced by the U.S. Department of State each year. Paper entries are not accepted. There is no fee to enter the Diversity Visa lottery; if a website requests you pay a fee in order to enter the program the website is not the official website and is likely a scam. (Please note that while there is no fee to enter the lottery, winning applicants will need to pay the visa application fee when they interview. This fee will be paid at the U.S. Interests Section on the day of the interview. Do not pay application fees to any other person.)
For more information, see Diversity Visa Program: DV-2014 Entry Instructions. These instructions must be followed exactly; failure to include all required family members in the application will result in the automatic refusal of the case at the time of the interview.
For persons who submitted entries to the DV-2014 program during the entry period:
A successfully registered entry resulted in a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number which you should have printed and retained. Starting May 1, 2013, you are able to check the status of your DV-2014 entry by returning to the DV website and using your confirmation number to view "Entry Check Status". This is the sole means of informing you of your selection for DV-2014. Due to the number of people who are pre-selected but who do not continue with the process or who do not qualify for the visa; more candidates are preselected than there are visas available. Applicants should not quit their job or make travel plans on the basis of being pre-selected. Following the pre-selection process, the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) will continue to process the cases and assign interview dates between October 2013 and September 2014. Candidates are not finally selected for an interview until notified by KCC of the date and time of their interview appointment at the U.S. Interests Section.
DV-2013: Applicants who were selected for appointments for DV-2013 have already been notified by the Kentucky Consular Center.
On the day of their interview applicants need to arrive at the park located near the U.S. Interests Section between Calzada and K streets at 7:00 a.m. The applicant must arrive alone for his/her scheduled appointment and bring the following documentation:
- Appointment letter from the Kentucky Consular Center.
- Valid passport and a photocopy of the pages where the issuance and expiration dates appear.
- (2) Frontal color photos measuring 50mm x 50mm.
- Birth certificate.
- Current marriage certificate, if married, and divorce and/or death certificates showing the end of all prior marriages.
- Criminal Records from Cuba and also from any other country where the beneficiary has lived for more than one year since age 16.
- Medical exam. Beneficiaries need to check the list of hospitals where they can have their medical examination.
- Evidence of economic solvency such as a bona-fide employment offer and/or submission of the Affidavit of Support I-134.
- Documentary evidence of education or work experience for the primary applicant.
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On the day of their interview, applicants are required to pay the nonrefundable fee which is per person. Please note that this nonrefundable fee covers the cost of the interview and does not guarantee the issuance of an immigrant visa.
Cases in which Additional Documents are Requested
Applicants whose case is denied pending additional documents should return with those documents as soon as possible. The DV-2013 program will end on September 30 or when all available visas are issued, whichever is first. After that time, no additional visas can be issued, and all existing cases will close.
Eligible immigrant visa applicants who are over 21 years of age may request parole for certain family members. On the morning of the interview, the applicant should advise the document checker that he or she would like to request parole for certain a family member(s) not included in the case. Final decisions regarding parole requests are made by an USCIS official.
For additional information about this program, please contact the Kentucky Consular Center at phone number (606) 526-7500, fax (606) 526-7501, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional, prerecorded information regarding immigrant visa processing, please contact the Information Unit at (53)(7) 839-4101. For issues not answered by the telephone information, you may send an email to email@example.com.
NEW! Consular information
Effective February 1, 2013, USCIS will require immigrant visa recipients to pay an additional fee of $165 USD. The fee covers the costs to process, produce and issue documents, such as your Green Card.
Immigrant visa recipients must pay the fee prior to traveling to the United States. Payments are made online at www.USCIS.gov/ImmigrantFee. Payments cannot be made at the U.S. Interests Section. Payments can be made with either a credit or debit card or via transfer from a U.S. bank account. Anyone can pay the USCIS immigrant fee on behalf of the visa recipient. The Alien Number and Case ID are necessary to make the online payment.
For more information, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/.
ENTRY STATUS CHECK
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