The 2016 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2016) opened on October 1, 2014. If you’re interested in applying, here is what you need to know.
What is a Diversity Visa?
Countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States are eligible to apply for special class of immigrant visa called the “Diversity Visa.” Applicants must meet eligibility requirements to qualify, and selectees are chosen through a randomized computer drawing.
How do you qualify?
You, or your spouse, must have been born in an eligible country, such as Malaysia.
You must have a high school education or its equivalent, OR, two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two year of training or experience.
When can you apply?
You can submit your entry electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)(GMT-4), Wednesday October 1, 2014 and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST)(GMT-5), Monday, November 3, 2014.
How can you apply?
You can submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501) online at www.dvlottery.state.gov
How do you check the status of your entry?
Starting May 5, 2015 to June 30, 2016, you must use your unique confirmation number from your online entry and go to the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website to find out whether your entry has been selected.
What happens if you are selected?
After checking through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website, if your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions. In order to receive a DV to immigrate to the United States, you still must meet all eligibility requirements under U.S. law.
For more information, check out the official instructions here.
Remember, you can only register for the 2016 Diversity Visa Program using the official website.
There is no cost to register for the DV program. Never send money for your diversity visa application. For more tips on avoiding DV scams, click here.
Introducing the new CEAC Status Check. We hope you find it helpful.
Applicants for both immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas can now check the status of their visa cases online by visiting the CEAC launch page (https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/) and using the new CEAC Status Check.
To use the CEAC Status Check, you just need to enter your CEAC Barcode and the interview location for NIV cases and the case number for IV cases. The check will return one of the following statuses.
STATUSES FOR NIV APPLICANTS
- No Status:
If you have submitted your online nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160), it has not yet been processed into the visa system. At some locations, your application will remain in this status until you appear for an interview or until your application is ready for review. Please see the embassy or consulate’s website for information on the next steps required for visa processing.
Your case is open and ready for your interview, fingerprints, and required documents. If you have already had your interview, please check your status after two business days. If no interview was required, please check back in two business days for the status of your application.
- Administrative Processing:
Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days.
Your visa is in final processing. If you have not received it in more than 10 working days, please see the webpage for contact information of the embassy or consulate where you submitted your application.
The case has been refused for a reason other than those listed in Administrative Processing.
STATUSES FOR IV APPLICANTS
Your case is ready for your interview when scheduled at the U.S. Consular section. If you have already scheduled an appointment for an interview, please prepare your documents as directed in your appointment letter and appear at the consulate on the appointed date and time. Otherwise, please wait until you have been notified of your interview appointment. Additional information about how Immigrant Visa interview appointments are scheduled can be found at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3731.html
- Administrative Processing:
Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. Please follow any instructions provided by the Consular Officer at the time of your interview. If further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved, it will be processed and mailed/available within two business days. Under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, Immigrant Visas for “Diversity Visas” cannot be issued after September 30th of the year in which you were selected to apply for a Diversity Visa. For example, entrants into the Diversity Visa Program in Fall of 2011 were selected for Diversity Visa 2012 Program, and selectees MUST apply and receive their visa prior to September 30, 2012 otherwise they lose eligibility to receive a Diversity Immigrant Visa, regardless of additional administrative processing.
In addition, please note that some immigrant visas may not be able to be issued if the annual numerical limit for that category has been reached.
Your visa has been printed. Depending on local procedures at the location where you were interviewed, your visa will be mailed or available for pickup soon. If there are further questions, or if we need updated contact information, you will be contacted.
You have been notified that your registration for an immigrant visa was cancelled, and any petition approved on your behalf was also cancelled. We informed you that your application might be reinstated if, within one year, you could establish that your failure to pursue your immigrant visa application was due to circumstances beyond your control.
Since you have failed to do so, the record of your registration and any petition approved on your behalf and all supporting documents have been destroyed; any Department of Labor certification has been returned to your prospective employer.
If you are still interested in obtaining an immigrant visa, the petitioner should contact the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding filing a new immigrant visa petition.
- Expiring Soon:
Section 203(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act requires that your registration be canceled and any petition approved on your behalf canceled, if you do not apply for your immigrant visa within one year of being advised to do so.
You were advised of this requirement over 1 year ago, but we have not received a response from you since then. As a result, your application for a visa has been canceled and any petition approved on your behalf has also been canceled.
Your application may be reinstated and any petition revalidated if, within one year, you can establish that your failure to pursue your immigrant visa application was due to circumstances beyond your control. Please provide a written statement to the Embassy or Consulate outlining the circumstances beyond your control and noting that you still wish to pursue this visa petition.