September 24th, 2014 by Romona Paden
Besides the changing colors of leaves on the trees and a nip in the air, autumn is a time of great change. For the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who dream of living and working in the United States, however, the season is also a time of great hope. This hope will begin to manifest next week as the Department of State (DOS) is slated to open a 30-day window to register for the Diversity Visa (DV) 2016 Program.
The DV Program—more commonly called the green card lottery— allots 50,000 visas to nationals living in countries around the world that are typically underrepresented in the immigrant community. Potential immigrants can register their green card lottery entry at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Registration for the diversity visas ends noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, November 3, 2014. Although the registration opportunity is open for about a month, DOS recommends users complete their entry sooner rather than later because “heavy demand may result in website delays.”
Among the DV program’s other rules are that all entries must be made in the electronic format—no paper entries allowed—and entries must be submitted before the end of the registration period. DOS also allows only one entry per person. Using technology that detects multiple entries by registrants, DOS disqualifies those with multiple entries as well as entries that are incomplete. DOS has made the registration forms available in multiple languages, including: English, Armenian, Polish, Spanish, Turkish and Uzbek. Each is available in .pdf format No fees are associated with registering for the DV Program. Your entry is free
After completing an entry, takes registrants to a confirmation screen that lists entrants’ name along with a unique confirmation number. DOS suggests printing the confirmation screen for recordkeeping purposes. Starting next spring—on May 5, 2015—those who register for the DV Program can check entry status at www.dvlottery.state.gov.