DOS Notice on Changes to the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
Today, DOS published a notice in the Federal Register on changes to the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Due to a technical issue, the Diversity Visa (DV)-2019 entry period that began on October 3, 2017, was closed. The technic
Changes to the Entry PeriodThe registration period for the DV- 2019 DV program began at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Due to unforeseen technical issues with the application systems, the Department did not receive all required information from entries submitted between Tuesday, October 3, 2017 and Tuesday, October 10, 2017, when the problem was identified and the Department ceased accepting entries. The technical issue has since been resolved, but the missing information was not recovered.
In order to ensure that applications are not unfairly affected by this technical issue, a new registration period will begin at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 18, 2017 and run until noon, Eastern Standard Time (EDT) (GMT-5), Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Entries previously submitted between Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and Tuesday, October 10, 2017, will not be considered for the DV program. Individuals who submitted entries during that period are encouraged to submit a new entry during the new registration period. Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in Web site delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted.
The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one entry during this registration period will be disqualified. However, applicants who registered during the initial registration period of October 3, 2017 to October 10, 2017, are encouraged to register in the new registration period, and will not be disqualified based on registering in both periods. In order to participate in DV-2019, individuals must submit an entry during this period; entries submitted between Tuesday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 9 will not be counted. Individuals who submitted entries between Tuesday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 10 must reapply during the new registration period in order to participate in DV-2019. All other requirements for entry into DV-2019, and all of the following information in this notice, remain the same with the exception of Frequently Asked Questions #9, 10, and 16 below,
Program OverviewThe Department of State administers the Congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program annually. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as ''diversity immigrants, '' from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For fiscal year 2019, 50,000 diversity visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV Program. Applicants who are selected in the lottery (''selectees'') must meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements to qualify for a diversity visa. The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing. Diversity visa numbers are distributed among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year. For DV-2019, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible. There are no changes in eligibility
Requirement #1: Individuals born in countries whose natives qualify may be eligible to enter. If you were not born in an eligible country, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify. o Was your spouse born in a country whose natives are eligible? If yes, you can claim your spouse's country of birth--provided that both you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, are found eligible for and issued diversity visas, and enter the United States simultaneously. o Were you born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but in which neither of your parents were born or legally resident at the time of your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth of one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2019 program.
For more details on what this means, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
Requirement #2: Each applicant must meet the education/work experience requirement of the DV program by having either: o At least a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary education; OR
o two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform.
The Department of State will use the U. S. Department of Labor's O*Net Online database to determine qualifying work experience. For more information about qualifying work experience for the principal DV applicant, see the Frequently Asked Questions. Do not submit an entry to the DV program unless you meet both of these requirements.
Completing your electronic entryCompleting Your Electronic Entry for the DV-2019 Program Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS- 5501), online at dvlottery.state.gov. We will not accept incomplete entries. There is no cost to register for the DV Program.