The United States (U.S.) Department of State has advised those who applied in the Diversity Visa 2013 programme to check the status of their entries through the Entrant Status on the E-DV website beginning on May 1, 2012.
Already, about 14,768, 688 people globally applied for the visa from which 100,000 people have been chosen.
But only 50,000 visas will be issued to successful applicants after
processing of the applications and interviewing of those who applied
from the list of 100,000 people globally, according to three officials
of U.S. Embassy in Nigeria – Fraud Prevention Manager, Christina Bernel;
Chief Immigrant Visa Unit, Kris Arvind and Staff Supervisor, Chinedun –
during a briefing in at American Consulate-General in Lagos.
However, all applicants who are selected will be informed promptly of
their place on the list through the E-DV website’s Entrant Status Check
and no correspondence will be sent to successful applicants.
Interviews for the DV-2013 programme will begin in October 2012 and
selectees who provide information requested in the notification
instructions will be informed of their visa interview appointment
through the E-DV website’s Entrant Status Check four to six weeks before
the scheduled interviews with U.S. consular officers at overseas posts.
Each month, visas will be issued to those applicants who are ready for
issuance during that month, visa-number availability permitting. Once
all of the 50,000 DV visas have been issued, the programme will end, the
U.S. embassy official explained.
In principle, visa numbers could be finished before September 2013.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of State, Office of Visa Services, has
advised the public of a notable increase in fraudulent e-mails and
letters sent to Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) programme (Visa Lottery)
The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as
the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants.
Therefore, the Embassy officials said the Department of State does not have any authorise agent for visa lottery programme.
They warned those applying for the DV to be careful when accepting
outside help as well as ensure that information they entered are
The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Programme is
administered on a yearly basis by the Department of State and conducted
based on United States law, specifically Section 203(c) of the
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
This law provides for a class of immigrants known as diversity
immigrants, with visas made available to persons from countries with
historically low rates of immigration to the United States.
For fiscal year 2013, 50,000 diversity visas will be available.
The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting simple,
but strict, eligibility requirements. A computer- generated, random
drawing chooses selectees for DVs. The visas are distributed among six
geographic regions, and within each region, no single country may
receive more than seven per cent of the available DVs in any one year.
Visas are allocated to nationals of countries with historically lower
rates of U.S. immigration.
Nationals of countries who have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the
United States over the past five years are not eligible to apply for the
Diversity Visa programme.
The natives of the following countries are not eligible: Bangladesh,
Brazil, Canada, China (Mainland-Born), Colombia, Dominican Republic,
Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico,
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.