What Is The Next Step If I Win The DV Lottery?

All the DV lottery applications will be numbered separately at the Kentucky Consular Center. A computer will randomly select from the applications for each geographic region. All the applications have the same chance of getting selected in this lottery program. Those selected will receive appointment letters from the Kentucky Consular Center four to six weeks before the interview with the US consular officers overseas. The selected applicants will then have to pay all immigrant visa fees in person at the US embassy or Consulate at the time of visa application.

If you are selected in the DV lottery, you will be required to submit a formal application and undergo further processing to get a immigrant visa. If you are already in the US, you can adjust your status and then the final process would be requesting a green card. If you win the lottery and want to adjust status in the US, ensure that you file the application as soon as the Ranking number is current on the Visa Bulletin as the visas are issued on a first come, first served basis.

You have to respond to the electronic notice from the Kentucky Consular Center or you might not benefit from having won the DV lottery. If you do not respond well ahead of the deadline mentioned, chances are that your application can be rejected. In such a case, you will have to re- apply. You must prove that you can support yourself financially once in the U.S. and are admissible .

Winning entrants will receive notification instructions for the DV lottery visa application process on the confirmation page available through Entry Status Check on the E-DV website http://www.dvlottery.state.gov. Per the instructions, the selected applicants have to pay all diversity and immigrant visa fees in person only at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at the time of the visa application. The consular cashier or consular officer will give the visa applicant a U.S. Government receipt for the payment made. If you are applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, do not send money for DV fees through the mail, Western Union, or any other service. Selected applicants who are already present in the United States and who file for adjustment of status will receive separate instructions on how to submit DV fees to a US bank.

The KCC, consular offices, or the U.S. Government have never and never will send e-mails to notify individuals that they have been selected. Selected entrants will only receive e-mail communications from the KCC informing them that a visa appointment has been scheduled after they have responded to the notification instructions on Entry Status Check. Such e-mails will direct the selected applicants to check their interview appointment details on Entry Status Check and it will not contain information on the actual appointment date and time.

If you are selected, you have to provide evidence that you will not become a public charge in the United States before being issued a visa. This proof can be in the form of a combination of your personal assets, an Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) from a friend or relative in the United States, and/or an offer of employment from an employer in the US.
If you are selected in the DV lottery you will be required to submit a formal application and undergo further processing to get an immigrant visa. If you are already in the US, you can adjust your status and then the final process would be requesting a green card.

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234 Comments to “What Is The Next Step If I Win The DV Lottery?”

  1. The article is highly informative. It will be of great help to those who would like to participate in DV lottery and are at a loss to know the aftermath of their win.

  2. Hey!
    Your article has been so informative. I just received a DV selection for further processing letter and I am now starting the process for applying for my green card. I am a little confused on what step I need to take next. I live in the US and I am currently on OPT with F1 student status. I am confused whether I need to adjust my status first. I checked in the visa bulletin and the rank numbers are showing for DV 2011. What is the ranking number? Should I send the form DSP-122 and form DS-30 Part I and II to the Kentucky Consular Center first? Please advise me on what steps I need to take next

  3. how can u retrieve your information that u sent to the Kentucky Consular Center

  4. do we get any selection notice before dv result?do we need to pay charges for immigrant visa?is there any fake dv lottery?

    • Earlier, they used to announce the DV lottery result by regular postal mail between the months of May and July every year. During the 2010 fiscal year program, they did a pilot program which enabled applicants to check the results online through their online web site This helped all applicants know whether they are selected for further processing or not.They continued with the winning notification through post for the selected winners and the online status check facility for the 2011 fiscal year program too.Finding the online status check facility a successful one in announcing the selected winners, the State Department decided to scrape the postal winning notifications sending process during the DV 2012 program.

  5. PLS SHOULD I PAY THE MONEY?PLS SHOULD I PAY THE MONEY?

  6. Are the the 2011 results released?

    • Yes.Only participants in the DV-2011 program who were selected for further processing have been notified. Those who have not received notification were not selected.

  7. Dear samuel,first of all I need to say thanx for helping us .
    I would love to tell you that I received an email from U.S. Department of States telling me that I was chosen as one of the winners od DV lottery and they asked me to pay $ 819 and send it via western union to the U.S. embassy agent address: Audrey scott, 24 Grosvenor square London w1a 1ae. United Kingdom.
    note, I am living in Saudi Arabia.
    I am in doubt in this matter,thats why am seeking for your advice.

    • It’s a fake so do not trust those emails. It’s a USA DV Lottery, then why you have to pay money to United Kingdom..It’s a pure scam to get money from people…If you won the DV Lottery, you can check your winning status on DV Lottery Government website using your confirmation number. You wont receive any email or mails from USA Government so its a scam and be aware of it.

  8. I have received a mail from U.S. Department of State that says I am the winner of d-v lottery and asked me to pay 819 $ by western union to this address:

    Name : Paul Wight-Wick
    Address: 24 Grosvenor Square
    London, W1A 1AE
    United Kingdom
    please offer a website address to check that I win the lottery or not and this mail is a kind of cheeting or not, in addition I shoud say that I am living in Iran and in this mail underlined that we choose this method for payment because of diplomatic relations with our country,
    thanks for your help

  9. The emails telling people to wire money to London are criminal fraud. Here is information on how to report this to authorities: http://blog.uscis.gov/2011/03/e-mail-scam-avoid-green-card-lottery.html

    • Yes you are right. I don’t know how to believe it. Its a USA Green card lottery and people send money to London, it doesn’t makes sense first of all. These people should be punished.

  10. Can i send the document through DHL, Fedex, UPS to Kenthucky or use Local Postal Service.

  11. Samuel, I just want to say you are a KING, and thank you for your help…… it means alot helping someone in need…..

  12. Good article.
    Questions:
    If I win a green card, do I have to move in the US immediately? For how long?
    How many months can I be outside the US and not losing a green card?

    • It’s a quite long process. Once if you won the lottery, then you have to submit all the documents like degree certificate and work experience to show that you have all mandatory documents. You should clear the interview, once you have cleared. You will be provided with visa to USA, after reaching there will get your green card soon. You can stay continuously outside the USA for 6 months, if you exceed that you have to get re-entry permit.

      • Thanks for your answer.
        Let’s say that I won the DV Lottery, I move to the US and I got a green card.
        So, I have to stay in the US at least 6 months to not losing the green card, right?
        If I lose a green card, what will happen? Can I apply for another one or it is lose forever and I need to appy for a non immigrant visa?
        Thanks.

  13. Yes you lose your green card. Maybe you can go back to USA through non immigrant visa.

  14. hi if i won the dv lottory how long can i stay outside the usa ?
    amd can i study in my own country and still keep my visa?
    please answer me

  15. i go to medical school so can i go to usa after wining then comeback to my country and stay for 5 months then go back to usa and do like this until i finish college in 2014 can i keep my visa and green card this way

  16. So if I forget or misplaced my notification number ,what is next. Does it mean I can’t do anything even if maybe I win. Moreover,will I present my high school cert or apprentice cert after winning the lottery?

  17. sam,.good day.
    Please can u brief me on what i am going to do when i win the dvlottery….in a brief way .
    Thanks

    • Once you won the DV Lottery, go to nearby embassy for further process and they will provide you visa to enter USA. After going to USA, you will have a interview with your documents. Once you clear that you will get your green card and live happy life in states.

  18. I just took part in the ongoing 2013 lottery,when can I check my confirmation? Is it next year or ? Please I’d like to know when. Thanks, Samuel for this help.

  19. hello sam
    Will kcc send recive confirmation through personal e-mail after sending form dsp122 and ds 230

    • After all of your forms have been received and approved by the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), based on visa availability, you may receive an interview appointment letter indicating the date, time, and location of your visa interview. You will need to be present at the interview, as well as your spouse and children (as applicable) who are applying for a diversity immigrant visa. The completed original Form(s) DS-230, Form DS-122 and photographs you submitted in Step 2, will be sent by KCC to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will be interviewed.

  20. Hi Samuel – very nice of you to keep people informed. I have a procedural question: once you receive the winning notification letter asking you to send three forms to Kentucky (I can’t recall the number of the forms – there are three forms you need to fill once you get that winning notification) how long until you get the interview letter/notification? Is this also sent via e-mail instructing you to check their website for a date and location? I know the visa quota is limited so when should one lose hope?

    Best

    T

    • Hi…You can check your winning notification in DV Lottery Government website, once you have won the lottery. You will be receiving an mail from USA Government regarding the procedure for further processing and interview date.

  21. i recieved an email on sunday informing me that i’ve won the american visa lottery and i’ll need to pay 889 dollars as visa processing fee via western union.is this real or a scam?

  22. I am an Australian who has applied for the Green Card as my boyfriend lives in the States. If I accept the Green Card, does that mean my Australian citizenship no longer exists? If I come back home to Australia, I can only stay for up to 6 months at a time is that right? Is that forever?

  23. My brother in law and his wife and 2 children (ages 2yrs and 1yr) were officially selected winners of the DV Lottery Program and are here in the US with green cards and SS#. How do I find out what their entitlements are i.e. medical, food, ect. or if, infact, they are entitled to benefits? Basically, what happens if you really do win and you need resources?

  24. Well the above article is useful, but i am little bit confuse, i have been notify by KCC to check the site “entry check status”, after checking i found that my interview is scheduled, when i contact to my embassy, they reply me with that they have no record,
    Do i have to wait for 4 week before interview date.
    i also contact to KCC they reply that contact with ur embassy where your interview is scheduled.

    i need some guide lines
    regards

    • check your case status on KCC with your confirmation number and print out the result page showing that your interview has been scheduled. You can then take this to your embassy or mail it to them and ask the Embassy for instruction on how your should proceed.

  25. An agent is demanding huge sum of money from me before he releases my confirmation code to me since he applied on my behalf. The amount is too much that i can’t pay. My question is can there be another way by which i can continue with the further processing of the immigrant visa program? Can i include a letter, informing the visa consulate that an agent has hijacked my confirmation code by adding an affidavit to support my claims? Please respond quickly

    • You need confirmation number to check your winning notification through online. We cannot help you in getting your confirmation number. Did you had any agreement with the agent before submitting the application? The only solution is to consult a local attorney for laws governing your area of residence.

      • Thanks for the response but i hve one last question…. The agent printed my confirmation letter to me but he intentionally erased my confirmation code on the letter demanding huge sum of money before he releases the confitmation code to me.. My question is can i fill da DS-230 forms part one and two and send it to KCC together with the confirmation letter which the agent printed with the confirmation code intentionally erased as well as an affidavit from the law court to support my claims and other documents that bear my name, and my age, including my birth certificate and basic education and secondary school certificates and even my university admission letter? If i do, will KCC gve me the neccesary assistance?.

      • KCC has made it very clear that a person can check their status only by visiting their website and using the confirmation number. They may not entertain any queries from customers, irrespective of what evidence is provided. So its best that you can try to retrieve his confirmation number from the agent. Even if you want to send all the documents that you have mentioned here is absolutely no guarantee that the KCC will read it or act on it.

  26. Hi samuel, thanks for the reply, i have one more question to ask, as my wife was the nominee and she is a house wife , what kind of financial statement do we have to submit, as we have joint saving certificate and the the property where we live is on my name.

    Regards

    NAdir

  27. Hi samuel, thanks for the reply, i have one more question to ask, as my wife was the nominee and she is a house wife , what kind of financial statement do we have to submit, as we have joint saving certificate and the the property where we live is on my name.Is their any form available for this, to fill

    Regards

    NAdir

  28. i am living out side USA, for DV selectee ,which form do i have to submit for finance or asset,

  29. hi is it true you have to have at least $20000, no STI’s and STD’S etc in order to be given the green card if you win

  30. Hi, Samuel

    I really appreciate what you do at this wordpress, it’s good to have such people as you helping to other people. You do great job.

    However, I have won dv 2012, but my problem is following – I have applied for DV via so-called immigration agency (no relations to US gov). Few days ago, I’ve visited US Consulate in my country and they provide me with my case number (14 digits) but no confirmation number (16 digits), so I can’t access my ESC profile to see following instructions. Basicly, I can follow application process absolutely by myself and no more greedy agencies.

    My question in this case – may you tell me what are those following instructions given at ESC page – I mean, what forms I have to fill out and send to KCC?

    Looking forward to your reply.
    Thank you,
    Artem

    • If you are selected to apply for a DV, you will be required to provide evidence that you will not become a public charge in the United States before being issued a visa. This evidence may be in the form of a combination of your personal assets, an Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) from a relative or friend residing in the United States, and/or an offer of employment from an employer in the United States.

  31. hi samuel
    how much the total fee i have to pay for DV in consulate office,
    nadir

    • A Diversity processing fee is only charged when a winning lottery entrant applies for the Diversity visa.You have to pay processing fee of $440. At the time of the visa application at a U.S. consular office, each applicant (the DV entrant and any accompanying family members) will be charged a DV processing fee and immigrant visa fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable if the visa is refused. If the visa is issued, a separate visa issuance fee is then charged for each visa.

  32. how do they prove that you can financially support yourself when you arrive in the united states

  33. if the visa is issued, then how much is the fee charged for each visa.

  34. Dear Smuel

    Can you pleae clear one thing.
    Do i have to submit I-134 form my relative or just show only my bank account and asset detai. as i can sponsor my self .
    Regards

    • Yes you have submit form I-134 and try to mention in case if you have sponsored your parents before. Try to have copy of bank account and assert details too.

      • Yes you have submit form I-134 and try to mention in case if you have sponsored your parents before. Try to have copy of bank account and assert details too.

        You have to have
        1. Bank statement with 20.000$ -30.000$ OR
        2. I-134 OR
        3. Job offer from US company

  35. Hi samuel my sister won the lottery in 2010 n never got her interview letter last year.when she enquired they told her there are no available appointment n cannot scheduled her for another interview.this isnt fair because she filled her forms n sent them and she never was scheduled for an interview.what can we do about that because she was entitled to an interview n when she meets the require which she does get her visa

  36. Dear Samuels
    i have been selected in DV-2012,
    Do i have to send copy biographic data page of my passport and family member to NVC.
    regards
    nadir

  37. Hi Samuels

    I have been selected in DV-2012 program.

    Do i have to send Photocopy of biographic page of my passpoer and my family member to NVC

  38. waw you are amazing ! I just answered most of my questions just by browsing this page.

  39. What about a situation when someone applied for family dv.During the application there was not any child or dependant.Definitely they can never be included when filing the application form since there no physical envidence.My question is incase the family are selected or won and by that time they have a child,how we they include the child in the processing since the child was not included at the initial filling of the application form.Thank you.

    • Your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 (at the time the green card – not the lottery application – is approved) are automatically entitled to the same status as you. So it should not be a problem for you.

  40. hi am kelvin,am among the short listed participant in the usdvlottery 2011,but because of accident i had,i didnt make it to travel with nov/dec canditate,but now am perfect okey and i want you guy to give me the guldline.god bless.

  41. HI
    I am a F1 student, I have applyied for a DV lottery. I do not know if i have won or not but i want to ask questions just in case I have won. If i win will that damage my F1 visa, I only been here for a few months. My next questions is, i have no certificate with me at all, can I use mayby a statement from my college stating am in college instead of sending a high school diploma. I want to ask questions now, so if i win I wont get denied for something I think I could do instead of just asking for help
    Thank you

    • If you are in the US, you can adjust status. It will not damage your F1 visa status. Make sure you are in legal status. What do you mean by you don’t have certificate. What certificate do you mean?

  42. hi Samuel,
    what is the chances if we have the interview? is it only for formality? thank you

    • The first question will be tell me about yourself and then documents verifications will be done like police certificate, Health Certificate etc. Be truthful while answering in interview.

  43. Your registered name Dilip Kumar Biswas ( dilip.kumar.biswas@gmail.com ) is included to show this message originated from U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State notifies Dilip Kumar Biswas of being selected as a winner of the Diversity Visa program.

    Dear Dilip Kumar Biswas , You are one of the 50,000 winners selected by the computer random draw from the 12.1 million entries registered in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program . The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally-mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is also known as the Green Card Lottery.

    Winner Details

    Acceptance Date: Saturday 10th of March 2012 01:57:58 PM
    Winner Name: Dilip Kumar Biswas
    Country of Birth: Bangladesh
    Phone Number:

    Diversity Visa Details
    With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a U.S. permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years.

    U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you Health Insurance (Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling (Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job (in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or University so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .)

    Processing fees

    Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person)
    United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! – Waiting for payment of processing fee $879
    Processing fees Included
    Total $879
    Although the Diversity Visa participation was free, the law and regulations require to every diversity visa winner to pay a visa processing fee of $879. The Diversity Visa(Green Card) is guaranteed upon receiving the payment.
    The per person fee for each Diversity Visa is $879, payable in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency. This $879 fee is the only fee a winner needs to pay throughout the entire relocation process.
    Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, childrens, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, childrens, cousin) must pay $879. There is no discount for childrens.
    Please note that you are allowed to take with you as many family members you want. However for each person you must pay an additional amount of U.S $879
    For example if you decide to move in the United States with your wife and a kid the total fee is US$879(your fee) + US$879(your wife) + US$879(your kid) = US$2637.

    PURPOSE: The U.S. Department of State uses the fee payment primarily to process your visa related documents and verify your identity.
    Visa Payment processing instructions
    The fees must be paid using Western Union money transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom.
    Western Union is a leading provider of International person-to-person money transfer. With more than 150 years experience and 245,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, Western Union is recognized for sending money quickly, reliably, and safety.
    You can send the payment in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency .

    Click on the following link to find the nearest Western Union agency and send the fees payment :
    Find Western Union Agency
    If you are unable to find a Western Union agency near your location, you may ask a relative or friend to pay the fee on your behalf.

    After you find a Western Union agency you need to go with cash money, an identity card(e.g passport or national identity card) and send the payment to the U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom:

    Name : John Ash
    Address: 73 Queens Avenue
    London, N20 0JB
    United Kingdom

    The payment must be sent to the above U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom because the U.S. Department of State decided this based on the diplomatic relations with your country.

    After you send the payment follow the next steps:
    Fax the Western Union receipt at +44 2080434309 and e-mail at dv@diversity-greencard-program.org !

    Then wait for the confirmation that the payment was received.

    Within 48 hours, you will receive a confirmation via email with your Case Number/Confirmation Number and exact date and time(approx. 2 days) of the final interview. Upon successful interview you will receive your documents and travel information to move in the United States. Under no circumstances your visa status won’t be affected by the interview. After you have paid the processing fees your visa is guaranteed !

    Please Note!

    The payment must be sent via Western Union in maxx 5 working days after you have received and read the email from U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE. You are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last day to pay. Heavy demand may result in system delays .
    The visa processing fee(US $879) is mandatory for each person and the U.S. Government doesn’t offer any discount, loan or exception.
    You have been selected winner of the Diversity Visa lottery so the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment fees on time.
    A hard copy of this letter will be mailed to your postal address upon receiving the payment fees.
    Please be advised that even through you are a winner of Diversity Visa your Case Number/Confirmation Number will be provided only after you send the payment confirmation of the fees. Please do not contact us to ask for the Case Number/Confirmation Number.

    If it would be necessary to contact the U.S. Department of state YOU MUST ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR NAME. The email is dv@diversity-greencard-program.org !

    CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: AUTHORITIES: The information asked for on this form is requested pursuant to Section 222 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Section 222(f) provides that the records of the Department of State and of diplomatic and consular offices of the United States pertaining to the issuance and refusal of visas or permits to enter the United States shall be considered confidential and shall be used only for the formulation, amendment, administration, or enforcement of the immigration, nationality, and other laws of the United States. Certified copies of such records may be made available to a court provided the court certifies that the information contained in such records is needed in a case pending before the court.

  44. Hello Sam,

    I am a 2012 DV-Selectee and my Interview Date has already been Set and its in May. I Know I have to pay 819 Dollars and a medical Examination fee which I was not aware of. How Much is that Fee? Are there other payments that I have to Incur? I am worried that what I thought Is not What am going to Have. I also read On a certain website that I have to submit the affidavit of support I-134. What is this and who is supposed to fill it out? Please also enlighten me on the questions am bound to face in case I am succesfully given a Green Card.

    • As the fee structure changes quite often, it is advised to check the latest fee structure before going to the interview. Check the fee structure in the DV Lottery Government website.Affidavit of support is known as sponsor in many part of the world. The Green card lottery instruction clearly state that all the greencard lottery winners must provided one affidavit of support through the I-134 form. The petitioner must be an American citizen or must be a LPR holder in the U.S.A. Also the petitioner must provide required relevant official papers to the greencard lottery winner. On the day of their interview greencard lottery winners must provide these documents to the interviewing consular officer. This requirement will apply to the US visa lottery winners too when they want to change their current US status to the U.S LPR status, through USCIS office.Those people, who don’t have a petitioner to provide an affidavit of support for them, can proof that they have on arrival job arrangements and enough funds to meet their needs in the USA. In this case, the consular officer will decide on whether to issue the required immigrant visa for the green card lottery winner or reject the visas.

  45. Hi I am a F1 students, and I have won the DV lottery. I would like to ask if that would mess up my F1 visa. My nexy questions is, I dont have proof of my birth certificat or anything, but can i use my college degree as to show that i have done an education degree. thank you

    • If you are in a legal status in the US at the time of winning the lottery, you can adjust status to permanent residency. DV winners who file for adjustment of status will receive separate instructions on how to mail DV fees to a U.S. bank. You will have to show your birth certificate at the time of your interview.

  46. Hey Samuel! so the DV2013 application status can be checked starting May1st 2012. If all goes well and I get selected and apply to the embassy for the immigration visa, then approximately when do I have to physically be in the US for a continuous amount of time? Can you please tell me the month and year. Thank you

    • After all of your forms have been received and approved by the KCC, based on visa availability, you may receive an interview appointment letter indicating the date, time, and location of your visa interview. DV-2012 visa processing must be completed and visas issued to all eligible family members on or before September 30, 2012.

  47. Hi sam, thank you for your brillant article i found it very informatative.
    Just a few questions i have previously been to the states on a j-1 visa and had to undergo a interview in my countrys embassy to obtain it however that interview, was more like two qs and that was it, when i win my visa (positive mental attitude) do i undergo the interview in my country or do i do it when i get to the states??? If in the states do i need to go to kentucky for the interview??? Also when i check my status on the dv selection page what exactly will it say??? If i dont get it will it come up declined??? If i get it will say successful or processing???? I read that the visas arent all given out at first so even thou the reaults are out in may does that mean i might not know id im successful till say september???
    I was also told that i can holiday in usa for 3 months (90 days), amd then id have to leave once left can i go in and out of the states again doin 3 months stay each time??? For instance i go in may come back after 3 months (august) go again in september and so on
    Thank you for your help!!!

    • Keep your confirmation number safe as it is the only way through which you can check if you have won or not. The official agency will not send you the confirmation number again. The entrant DV check will clearly mention if you have won or not. Winners will receive notification instructions for the DV visa application process on the confirmation page available through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website http://www.dvlottery.state.gov. Winners will pay all DV and immigrant visa fees in person only at the US Embassy or Consulate at the time of the visa application . Winners who are already present in the US and who file for adjustment of status will receive separate instructions on how to mail DV fees to a U.S. bank. Processing of entries and issuance of DVs to winners and their eligible family members MUST occur by midnight on September 30, 2013. I am not clear about what you mentioned about holidaying. Please be clear and I will be happy to guide you.

  48. Hi,please I wanted to find out,will the consulars know if I applied for the dv lottery 2013…I want to apply for a j1 visa but I am afraid I will be denied as applying for the lottery shows intent to immigrate.I only applied cause its free,I have no plans of living in the us.I only want to visit as an exchange student…should I go on and apply for the j1,what if I am asked,what do I do

    • Yes, you can go ahead and apply for the J-1 Visa. Filing a lottery application does not prevent you from applying for another visa. If you are questioned about your participation in the lottery, you need to be honest about it and explain that you were trying your luck because it was free.

  49. I received a notification in my mail address,reading ȋ̊ am one of the winners of th diverse visa lottery…….i should proceed to western union and pay a processing fee of $820 and wait for an sms with my case number/confirmation number……….what should i do to ensure if its a scam?

    • No. It’s a scam. Kindly do not pay them money. This is the website for participating in DV Lottery https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ . The DV Lottery happens during month of October to November. If you have registered with this website(https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ ), you will be given a confirmation number. The result will be published during May month. You can check your winning notification in the Government website using your confirmation number. You wont receive any winning mails or email as far as DV Lottery is concerned.

  50. Pls where can i find or retrieve my confirmation order number…..need to check result for 2012 dv lottery ȋ̊ applied for in september 2011…..pls help me out…..thanx

    • It’s a scam. so do not pay money to them.

      • Thanks a lot for saving me from these scammers!! Ȋ̊ registered using http://www.dvlottery.org and dnt have any confirmation number……..pls Ђơw do i get a confirmation number frm dv program if my case be that ȋ̊ didn’t copy mƔ confirmation number when ȋ̊ registered?…….thanks alot

      • The website which you have registered is a private organization. Maybe you can ask them for confirmation number. In case if it’s lost you can’t do anything. You have to apply again in October 2012. This is the Government website(https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/) which allows you to submit your application for free. Please do not pay money to scammers.

  51. What if i win while i am in the us as a tourist will i have to return to my country or can i have everything done in the us

  52. Hi,,Sam I am part of the Dv lottery 2013 applicant, I want to know if the result will be out batch by batch or once, because I was told we should check within this period (may 1st 2012-April 2013). Thanks. You are doing a great.

    • The result would have published during May Month itself. You have to check your winning notification in the DV Lottery Government website using your confirmation number.

  53. hI SAMUEA IS THIS CORRECT OR NOT HAVE I PASSED

    US
    Your registered name( guesh tsehaye ) is included to show this message originated from U.S. Department of State.
    U.S. Department of State notifies guesh tsehaye of being selected as a winner of the Diversity Visa program.

    Dear guesh tsehaye ,

    You are one of the 50,000 winners selected by the computer random draw from the 12.1 million entries registered in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program . The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally-mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is also known as the Green Card Lottery.

    Winner Details
    Reference Number: DV163222-596-497914163
    Acceptance Date: Tuesday 20th of March 2012 04:51:05 PM
    Winner: guesh tsehaye
    Country: Ethiopia
    Phone Number: 2511888920429049
    Mobile Number: 2511888920429049
    Diversity Visa Details
    Answer

    With the Diversity Visa (also known as Green Card) you will enjoy all the advantages and benefits of a U.S. permanent resident, including health and education benefits, and employment opportunities along with guidance in your new country, orientation sessions and programs to integrate into mainstream American society. Once received you can use it at any time you want to move in the United States or just travel. The visa must be renewed after 10 years.

    U.S. Government helps you with the accommodation and offers you Health Insurance (Freedom HSA Direct Individual Health insurance for 1 year), Dwelling(Apartment in any city you prefer, 1 bedroom for 3 months ), a guaranteed job(in the field that you are are currently qualified so you can start working even from the first week you arrive in the United States and get paid as U.S citizen. ) and education (for U.S. Students or Higher Education through EducationUSA. It includes transfer to a U.S college or University so you can continue your educational study. More details can be found at http://educationusa.state.gov/ .)
    Processing fees

    Type of Residence Card Status Amount (per person)
    United States Permanent Resident Card Granted! – Waiting for payment of processing fee $410
    Processing fees Included
    Total $410

    Although the Diversity Visa participation was free, the law and regulations require to every diversity visa winner to pay a visa processing fee of $410 . The Diversity Visa(Green Card) is guaranteed upon receiving the payment.
    The per person fee for each Diversity Visa is $410, payable in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency. This $410 fee is the only fee a winner needs to pay throughout the entire relocation process.
    Accompanying family members(wife/husband, fiancee, brothers, sisters, childrens, cousins) may be included in the program and their visas will be provided at the same time with yours so you can travel/move together in the same time. However the fees must be paid per person and each member(e.g wife, brother, parents, childrens, cousin) must pay $410. There is no discount for childrens.
    PURPOSE: The U.S. Department of State uses the fee payment primarily to process your visa related documents and verify your identity.
    Visa Payment processing instructions

    The fees must be paid using Western Union money transfer and will be processed by the U.S. embassy in the United Kingdom.
    Western Union is a leading provider of International person-to-person money transfer. With more than 150 years experience and 245,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories, Western Union is recognized for sending money quickly, reliably, and safety.
    You can send the payment in U.S. dollars or equivalent of your local currency.

    Click on the following link to find the nearest Western Union agency and send the fees payment :
    Find Western Union Agency
    If you are unable to find a Western Union agency near your location, you may ask a relative or friend to pay the fee on your behalf.

    After you find a Western Union agency you need to go with cash money, an identity card(e.g passport or national identity card) and send the payment to the U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom:

    Name : Xaver Schachtner
    Address: 25 Grosvenor Square
    London, W1A 2LQ
    United Kingdom

    The payment must be sent to the above U.S. embassy agent address in United Kingdom because the U.S. Department of State decided this based on the diplomatic relations with your country.
    After you send the payment follow the next steps

    a) Fax copy/scan of the Western Union receipt to: +44 207 100 8588
    b) Email at support@wc-state.org with the following details (you can find them on the money transfer receipt):

    1) Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN):
    2) Exact sender’s name on file with Western Union:
    3) Exact sender’s address on file with Western Union:
    4) Exact receiver’s name on file with Western Union:
    5) Amount sent:

    Then wait for the confirmation that the payment was received.

    Within 72 hours, you will receive a confirmation via email with your Case Number/Confirmation Number and exact date and time(approx. 2 days) of the final interview. Upon successful interview you will receive your documents and travel information to move in the United States. Under no circumstances your visa status won’t be affected by the interview.

    Please Note!

    The payment must be sent via Western Union until 03 April 2012. You are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last day to pay. Heavy demand may result in system delays.
    Under no circumstances can diversity visas be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family members obtain diversity visas to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the U.S. after this date.
    The visa processing fee(US$ 410) is mandatory for each person and the U.S. Government doesn’t offer any discount, loan or exception.
    You have been selected winner of the Diversity Visa lottery so the visa is guaranteed upon receiving the payment fees on time.
    A hard copy of this letter will be mailed to your postal address upon receiving the payment fees.
    Please be advised that even through you are a winner of Diversity Visa your Case Number/Confirmation Number will be provided only after you send the payment confirmation of the fees. Please do not contact us to ask for the Case Number/Confirmation Number.

    If it would be necessary to contact the U.S. Department of state YOU MUST ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR NAME. The email is support@wc-state.org

    USA Government CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: AUTHORITIES: The information asked for on this form is requested pursuant to Section 222 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Section 222(f) provides that the records of the Department of State and of diplomatic and consular offices of the United States pertaining to the issuance and refusal of visas or permits to enter the United States shall be considered confidential and shall be used only for the formulation, amendment, administration, or enforcement of the immigration, nationality, and other laws of the United States. Certified copies of such records may be made available to a court provided the court certifies that the information contained in such records is needed in a case pending before the court.

  54. I do not have my birth certificate with me, im understand a F1 student visa. would that be ok

  55. Hi, am already in the USA under a F1 visa, will the emabassay send me a location othere then where am staying. Im living in florida, will they send me a interview location at another state?

    Thank you

  56. Approximately how much is suppossed to be in my account in order to be granted the diversity visa if I have won. Please Samiuel just give a figure

  57. Hello Samuel.My question is if I applied for the DV LOTTERY 2013, when is it that I have to physically step foot in the us to be given the green card? Is my visa available to start using it only on october 2013? what are the next steps? I’m very confused here
    Thanks for your help

    • Once selected, you have to submit your Immigrant Visa Application at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your country. When you apply for a Diversity Visa, you have to pay a processing fee and immigrant visa fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable if the visa is denied. If the visa is issued, a separate visa issuance fee is then charged for each visa. You will receive an appointment letter from the KCC four to six weeks before the scheduled appointment. This process typically takes less time than adjusting status in the US.

  58. Hey Sam your answers have been very helpful. How soon can I file for adjustment of status after winning the DV Lottery and how soon do I get a work permit?

    • You can apply for adjustment of status. You have to make sure USCIS can complete action on their cases, including processing of any overseas derivatives, before September 30, 2013, as on that date registrations for the DV-2013 program will expire. After midnight EST on September 30, 2013, no visa numbers for the DV-2013 program will be available.

  59. Hi, Sam. When you get selected for further processing and you are already in the states, but you overstayed your visa, can you still get the green card? Thanks you any response!

  60. Hi Sam ! thanks for your information, please I am one year out of legal status and played the US dv lottery 2013, if i win can I change my status? I am a government diplomat (I94 visa).

    • If you overstayed, you cannot adjust your status in the US. Unlawful presence is not necessarily the same as being out of status. Contact an immigration lawyer to advise you accordingly.

  61. hi, is this process correct? if you are selected, you apply for an immigrant visa and pay the necessary fees at your local US consulate, get issued an immigrant visa, move to the U.S, go to the interview (for the green card) and if successful it will be sent via mail to your US address?

    • Note that more ‘winners’ are selected in the lottery than there are visas available. Hence being selected from the lottery does not guarantee an US immigrant visa. To get a diversity visa and come to the US, ‘winners’ must meet all eligibility requirements under U.S. law to qualify, and must be interviewed before the 50,000 green cards are distributed.

  62. Hi Sam,will all the people that for 2013 lottery made public in may(winners) or you have to keep on checking even after may?and how long will it take me to get a visa after winning?Thanking you

    • Results will be out in a single batch. So it is enough if you check once. The process depends on the Visa number. The visa allocations are determined by provisions of the INA which determines the number of Diversity visas available each year. The total number of diversity visas is allocated by visa category and region of the world. The allocations are revised monthly as available visas are issued. Each month the Department of State publishes the Visa Bulletin which contains important information about updated allocations and the probability of a DV number being available.

  63. thanks alot sam for answers….. pls can you tell me in case of i won DvL and I have no spouse in USA and enough money to support my self so not be a publuic charge in usa and I can’t get an job offer from american companies since my country under an ecnomic and commercial embargo of usa how can i deal with this

    • DV winners have to provide Affidavit of Support to be issued with the required U.S Immigrant visas. The Petitioner must be an American citizen or an American LPR status holder and has to sign the Form in front of authorized official and submitted on the day of the interview to the interviewing consular officer by the dv lottery winner along with the necessary papers. If the affidavit of support is not provided by the dv lottery winner the visa processing will be delayed in most case the visas will be refused.

  64. Samuel hi, please I have some things I will want u/any NL member to clarify for me, please as the dv 2013 result will be coming out by May 1st, does it mean that if someone checks by that date and found out he/she has not been selected, does that mean he will not be selected again for dv2013? What I mean to ask is, will all the result be released at once, that is by 1st May 2012 or batch by batch throughout the month of May 2012.
    Secondly, I know the required documents are:
    -police report
    -birth certificate
    -medical report
    -Marriage cert if married
    -international passport
    Please at what stage does each of the above documents requested for? Is any of them going to be asked for before the given day of interview?
    3edly, if I have a wife and a child of two and half years, does it mean I am going to obtain an international passport for him too? What about police report, do I have to obtain police for myself, my wife and my child? And what does it cost each. Lastly my birth certificate has for a very long time been misplaced by my parent, how are my going to go about getting another one and how much does it cost to get it.
    GOD blesses u as you take your time to answer my questions stepwise. I pray that all NLS will have a cause to glorify our ALMIGHTY ALLAH for the big favor he must have done us comes May 1st. AMEN.

    • The results will be out in a single batch. You will need the documents at the time of your interview at the US Consulate in your country. You have to submit Police records and your birth certificate also. There may be information about how to obtain civil documentation from the required issuing office in your country, as examples, for police certificates and other documents. The US Consulate where your interview will occur has information which may assist you.

  65. Hello sam, my question as regard affidavit of support. If I won d lottery my parents can afford 2pay 4my trip & support me (financially) b4 I get a job,we share d same surname & dey av properties in my country. Can the officials accept my parent’s statement of account? I am above 18.

    • DV winners have to provide Affidavit of Support to be issued with the required U.S Immigrant visas. The Petitioner must be an American citizen or an American LPR status holder and has to sign the Form in front of authorized official and submitted on the day of the interview to the interviewing consular officer by the dv lottery winner along with the necessary papers. If the affidavit of support is not provided by the dv lottery winner the visa processing will be delayed in most case the visas will be refused. If you don’t have a sponsor or can’t provide affidavit of support, you can have your own sponsorship. You should prove you have enough funds with you to survive in the US.

  66. Hello Sam, It is always good to find someone that gives part of their time to the community, thank you for the way you are doing here. i entered in the DV 2013 Lottery and I have a few questions. First I am failing to access the DV lottery site it is failing to open are they working on it will it ever be accessible during the period 1 May 2012 – 31 April 2013? My husband and I both entered but he is not keen to go to the USA. What happens if He is selected and he still wont be keen to leave will i be allowed to travel if we pay and meet all the requirements?

    • Whoever wins are allowed to go to USA not on behalf of them . If he wins, he has to add your name(spouse) while submitting the visa application during interview time.

  67. Hello Sam, I am from Tunisia but i will stay 3 month in spain (working) from 1st may to 03 August 2013. Please can you tell me in case of i won DvL2013, can i start the visa process when i will be back to my country in August 2013.

  68. at which time (refrence time ) 1-05-2013 is it according to american time or world time GMT? >>> or which (refernce time) the online ESC start?

  69. Please Sam, Please summarize the process briefly for me. Is it that, after winning, you immediately send your visa application letter with the visa application fee to the embassy and then wait for response from KCC as to the date of appointment (interview). You then attend the interview with all the required document asked for. You wait for your VISA and pay for the VISA Issuance fee. After securing the VISA, you travel to the US. Is this process correct? Secondly, if I get to the US, will I receive any help from the US government as to where to stay and any assistance to secure a job, etc?

    • Did you receive any email from KCC regarding your interview date? Once you get those information, you have to submit the visa application during the month of October. You wont get any help from U.S. Government. Either you should have sponsor for you from United states or you should have enough funds in your bank account in order to survive until you get job. You have to find accommodation and job after reaching U.S. Citizens will get help from Government not others.

  70. Am in Nigeria and i applied for the us visa lottery for someone in another country(qatar) .if he wins,will he be able to process all that is required from dat country(qatar) where he is or would he come to the country(nigeria) where the entry for the lottery visa was made.

  71. If i get seleted is it costly because I do not work. Is it affordable to get a green card?

  72. Based on the information provided, the Entry HAS NOT BEEN SELECTED for further processing for the Electronic Diversity Visa program at this time. More entries will be selected in early October 2012, so please keep your confirmation information until at least that time.My question is ,what is this about october 2012?

  73. hi sam ,,,,, please can you explain .. when I checked through ESC they told me that your No hasn’t been selected for more processing at this time but check again in early October . so that means they released the results in batches or it is second chance waiting for those who failed to get visas

  74. Pls i checkd mine and they said i av nt bin selected by dis time accordin to my confirmatn number dat i shuld check back early october.pls is it done batch by batch dis year

  75. Hi Samuel,
    I am currently in USA working on H1B visa and I have been selected in DV lottery 2013. I know I have to request for status adjustment to USCIS. Can you please help me with some information how to proceed. How should i contact USCIS. do you I need to fill any forms. what is procedure can you explain in detail so that i don’t make any mistake.

  76. Hi,
    i have check the Entry Status of the DV lottery for 2013 in the websit of http://www.dvlottery.state.gov and it says
    “You are among those randomly selected for further processing in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program for the fiscal year 2013 (October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013 ). Selection does not guarantee that you will receive a visa because the number of applicants selected is greater than the number of visas available. Please retain this letter and take it with you to your visa interview.

    Approximately 100,000 individuals were registered for further processing. Therefore, it is most important that you carefully follow instructions to increase your chances of possible visa issuance. You must visit the Department of State website at http://www.dvselectee.state.gov where you will find instructions for completing the required processing steps.

    Please be advised that your case may not be scheduled for an interview appointment until a visa number is available. You will only be contacted by the Kentucky Consular Center when a visa appointment is scheduled”

    what should my next step be? will they send me an email regarding whether i selected or not and what do i have to do next? or do i need to fill the application and send it to my country US embassy for further process without their email?

    please help.
    Thanx,
    Chi

    • You will receive instructions, and then you will be required to prove that you are eligible for a diversity immigrant visa and have to complete the next process. You will be informed by the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) to complete the immigrant visa application. You will also be instructed to submit certain documents and forms and pay the appropriate fees. As part of the process you should also complete a medical examination. Furthermore, you will be interviewed by a consular officer at the US embassy or consulate in your country where you need to prove your eligibility for a diversity visa. The KCC will make application information available online through the Entrant Status Check at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov.

  77. Samuel, thanks for being so helpful. Two questions for you: (1) My parents are selected for processing their visa. They live in Europe, I already live and work in US, but am still on the work visa. Will my bank account balance demonstrate that they have financial independence? (2) What medical benefits will they have before finding a job?
    Thanks for your patience answering the same questions over and over :)

  78. i have a case number but do not have a confirmation number, how do i proceed?

  79. Recently I found out that I was chosen for the dv lottery. When I applied I wasnt married but now I am. I got married on the 8th of march, 2012 before the results came out. Now I was wondering do I have to put my husband with me on the application. My husband doesnt want to come with me right now due to some family issues he is having. And lets say I have to put him with me, does he have to come with me right away to the US or can he come later.

    • You can mention in the form and tell them he is not interested now. In future, he might join me.

      • Sam, thanks a lot but please the questions i want to ask is that, i heard from someone that with the lottery, when u win and go, u cannot return to your country for a number of months or so, please enlighten me on that please and then one other thing is, on the page for the fees, please help me for a person traveling from Ghana, which part of the fees is yours to pay and also about free accommodation and a job, is it real? i don’t seem to understand. And then, finally as my partner has won now, is there any expiry date or time frame within which he must prepare to leave and then what arrangement is there for my partner and i now that we are not married but have plans of marrying in the last quarter of this year. pls help me

      • You will be considered to have abandoned your permanent resident status if you:shift to another country intending to live there permanently remain outside of the US for more than a year without getting a reentry permit or returning resident visa. However, in determining whether your status has been abandoned, any length of absence from the US may be considered, even if less than a year remain outside of the US for more than two years after issuance of a reentry permit without obtaining a returning resident visa. You will not provided with free accommodation and job. Using your qualification and experience you have to find the job in U.S. I have posted a article in my blog. Kindly go through it for further process.

  80. hi samuel, tnx for answers, very helpful, i have also questions for u, my wife won the lottery and we r already in US, we called KCC and they told us send the application forms to them and they will notify us after 15th of august, but i read that u wrote my wife can adjust status where she lives right? if yes, it means we dont have to send appl forms to KCC? what should we do now? and what documents we have to send to local USCIs? im confused now, and secondly, my status is pending because i applied to asylum and it was denied, i was waiting a deportation letter, what should i do? do i need a lawyer or it is not gonna be a problem?

    • Your wife may be eligible to stay in the US. As far as your case is concerned you may meet an immigration attorney in order to solve your issue.

      • HI Sam ! I have been selected in dv 213 and i’d like to know what is the next step ! i read all the msg above but i dont know what to do ? shall i wait for a letter from kkc or i have to sent them the formulaire and confirm my eligibility ?

      • As you get to know that you had won the lottery, through the entrant status check, on the E-DV website, you will be directed to a confirmation page which will contain further information, about the fees related to immigration to the United States. You will not be directed to the confirmation page containing information about the fees and other procedures if you had not won.

  81. I am currently in another country, studying. Do i need to go back to my country for an interview or can I do it at US consulate near me?

  82. Hi samuel, i´ve been selected for the dvlottery2013, so i´m confused about some inquiries, please somme answers if it is possible:
    1-should I wait untill the KCC send me a letter or i have to send them my file before.
    2-When is the deadline of sending the file to KCC.
    3-Please can u help to fill the forms DSP-122 and DS-230 of course if you permit because i feel very alone in this step.
    4-must the photos be exactly 5x5cm or 5.4×5.3 is sufficient.
    5- is this true: “Diversity Visa Program

    Visas provided are drawn from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. Unlike other immigrant types, Diversity Visas (DV) do not require a U.S. sponsor, and therefore a petition is not needed

    Thanks in advance, just a look to my questions make me grateful

  83. Am seriously losing my head over this all, i dont know anything about it and my partner with me here in Ghana just called to tell me he has won the lottery. we are not married and i dont know anything about this whole thing. please somebody hear me here, is it good news or bad news? is the whole thing comfortable, what happens to his accommodation and work issues. am seriously confused, am losing my head, how long does it allow u to stay? somebody just help me? now that he has won, what is next. by when should he leave? please please please please, someone help me. about how much will he be required to pay from now to the time. i beg for help and some enlightenment into this.

  84. @Nana. i’m from ghana and i did win too.came to the states 2010.its very simple.have helped most of my friends who won with some questions. you can email me @ candyshotan@yahoo.com.This site too is a very good place to have most questions answered

  85. Hi Samuel,

    I have been selected for further processing for DV 2013. Do you recomend I use an immgration lawyer from the very beginning to help with filling out the forms for eligibility (Do you have any idea what they usually charge in Australia?). I am so anxious because I just want this whole process to run smoothly and be confident that greencard will be in my passport!

    Also, how much money do you have to have in your bank account to prove that you can support yourself until you get a job in the US? Is the right amount of money enough or do you also have to have an affidavit?

    • The process is quite simple. You need not hire a lawyer. Make sure you have all the documents properly. Am not sure about how much money. If you don’t have a sponsor or can’t provide affidavit of support, you can have your own sponsorship. You should prove you have enough funds with you to survive in the US.

  86. I have been selected for further processing for the greencard lottery DV2013, when I applied I was single with no children. Since I applied I became engaged and am due to get married later in the year. I also have a baby due to be born in July.

    My question is, is it advisable to for me to submit my application form still as a single man and send it of as soon as possible? Or shall I wait till July till my child is born and bring forward my wedding so when my application is received it will include my new wife and childs details too?

    I am genuinly not sure whether to act immediately and apply as single to increase my chances of getting an interview and then fill in additional forms at a later date about my wife and child or to delay sending the form till I am married and my child is born in july?

    any advice would be much appreciated.

    • What was given in the application form, i mean the last day for submitting the form. You can apply it now along with your wife in it but make sure to provide proof of your marriage during the interview. You can add your kids name later in the application.

  87. pls i am among the selectee for dv 2013, but right now am so confused on how to get affidavit of support b’cos i dont av any relative in d u.s. 2ndly am still schooling here in Nigeria is there posibility dat i will be given a visa if i pass the interview. 3rdly. How much is the total cost of getting a visa. Pls i nid ur help

    • That’s not a problem even if you dont have affidavit of support but you have to show enough funds to take care of yourself when you reach U.S.. You should have completed your education. Am not sure about it, the amount which is more enough to take care of you when you reach U.S.

  88. as a student here in nigeria, pls hw can i get affidavit of support cos i dont know anybody at u.s

    • If you don’t have a sponsor or can’t provide affidavit of support, you can have your own sponsorship. You should prove you have enough funds with you to survive in the US.

  89. can you tell…… how long it will take to know about the interview…………

    • You will be notified based on the case no. The interview will be held at regional U.S. Consulate.

      • if i send my visa application……….
        which month they will inform me about the interview.am i want to check mail every day…

      • Visa applications can be submitted only during the period starting from the 1st of October 2012 to the 30th of September 2013.If you are living outside the United States.You will receive an email from the KCC notifying the details about the scheduled interview. This is the only time that you will ever get an electronic communication wherein you will be prompted to enter the details regarding your registration. Only after entering the correct information, will you be able to access the interview schedule.

    • I called KCC and asked them about the turn around time for the interview dates and iw as told they dont issue dates till October Because thats when their fiscal year starts

      • Visa applications can be submitted only during the period starting from the 1st of October 2012 to the 30th of September 2013. If you are living outside the United States. You will receive an email from the KCC notifying the details about the scheduled interview. This is the only time that you will ever get an electronic communication wherein you will be prompted to enter the details regarding your registration. Only after entering the correct information, will you be able to access the interview schedule.

  90. how much time does it take to be notified by the KCC with my interview date?

  91. i read b4 that all visas have to be issued b4 septembre 30 2012 .does it mean that i will have the visa on my passport after the interview b4 that date?

  92. would u pls answer my questions in details &as soon as u can because i have kids in schools here in my country &we have to pay the school fees b4 septembre so if we can travel to the us b4 that we wont pay the fees 4 the next academic year.thank u

    • Did you got the interview date? it usually happens during the month of October based on your case number.

      • no i didnt get my interview date yet,but do u mean that no interviews b4 octobre?may i email the KCC to ask them or i cant?

      • It is better to contact through phone or you can go directly and ask about it. Usually you wont get reply to the email.

      • hi Samuel,
        My wife won dv visa lottery, what are the documents required for intervew, what document i need ? to go with her

      • Before going to the interview, make sure you read all the instructions carefully and thoroughly at the US Consular Office website. You can also get in touch with the US Embassy in your country to make note of the fees and supporting documents you are required to bring at the time of your interview. While coming for the interview, you have to bring : A Police clearance record according to the US Consular officer in your country or any US Embassy nearest to you. Record for the Medical check up as per the US Consular officer in your country or any US Embassy nearest to you.

  93. Hi sam, im currently in the process of gettin sponsored to the states, i kno have to do an interview, is this like a typical interview for a job, or what does it consist of??? Thanks

  94. Hi sma,I would like to ask you I won the first selecetion but my husband who is initially applied separetly from me and didn’t won the first selection and how much chance I have to go for the next process if I include my husband in the interview? Looking for your reply.

  95. Thanks,for last reply but please tell me the chance I have,to pass the interview with my husband since it is challengin?

  96. please help me here, its a bit urgent – a part of the form is asking for petitioner, what do we do?

  97. Thanks,i have passed the 1st selection but my husband was not partcipated in dv 2013 and i need u to clear that please what about % of me and my hus.. Chance to pass the next interview since i married him after dv 2013?sorry for this repeated question!

    • You can add your husband name in the application form and make sure to provide proof of your marriage and also how many years you have in relationship with your husband before like photos etc.

  98. please could you tell me how can i added my new bady that was borned after i won lottery2013

  99. SAM PLEASE HELP.According to DS-230 ,WHO IS A PETITIONER?

    • If you don’t have petitioner, you can add your name as sponsor or petitioner but make sure you have enough funds in your bank account to prove that you can survive by yourself when you’re in USA.

  100. Hi Sam, kindly advise on the way to proceed on this issue.
    My younger brother has won the 2013 DV lottery , he was happily married when he applied but currently in the middle of a divorce . He is the principal applicant and has been really disturbed on how to proceed with his application bearingin mind that his divorce certificate is not ready yet.

    Is there a chance of him travelling alone / and if yes what docs. does he need to provide with the forms he will be submitting before been called for an interview?

    Many Thanks on your professional advice.

    • You can check out a article in my blog. The title is procedure after winning the DV Lottery. I will post a article about what are the documents needed to be submitted in this week.

  101. Hi, whats the approximate time frame from the time you receive winning notification to when you receive your actual greencard?

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    I stumbledupon it ;) I’m going to return yet again since i have bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.

  103. Wel, I jst wan knw if I get chance to go USA after winning DV lottery then shall I b given rights to continue my study or shall I get right to study? Or only i’ve to work?

  104. i was on f1 visa before i left the school i applied for asylum and i received a receipt to stay in usa till it determined … till now i didn’t receive an interview for asylum … after that i won dv lottery ….if i bring a paper from the school that i was at school legally till i applied for asylum…..can i use these documents to AOS (the school terminated my visa after i applied for asylum)

  105. the “having my passport and documents to fullfill the sponsorship requirement.” should be “having my passport and documents at the US Embassy awaiting to fullfill the sponsorship requirement.”

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