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Diversity Visa Lottery Entry Form taken off-line

Part of the official Diversity Visa Lottery website was taken off-line on Tuesday, October 10. People wanting to access the DV-2019 Entry Form found they were unable to so so.
Entrant Status Check for DV-2018 continued to be possible.
The Department of State gives maintenance of the Electronic Application System (AES) as the reason. It is at this moment unclear when the site will resume accepting DV Applications.
The 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery program started last week on Tuesday, October 3, and will end on Tuesday, November 7, at noon.

As of Thursday, October 12, the problems are ongoing and the Entry Form can still not be accessed.

 

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DV-2019 websites ! A better way to enter the Visa Lottery ?

Websites offering registration for this year’s Visa Lottery are popping up all over the internet and on the social media. “Apply for your Green Card NOW !” they advertise. 

These websites are NOT created by the US Government. These sites are set up by private persons, agencies or companies. They make money of the (free) US Diversity Visa Lottery program.
The person, agency or business can be legally registered in the US. That does not mean they are licensed by the US Government to offer Visa Lottery or Green Card related services.

Do not be fooled by the official sounding names of some of these agencies.
Or by the websites they have, complete with official looking stamps and seals.

Spending money does not buy you a better chance of winning a Green Card !

dvlottery.state.gov

This address is the one and only official eDV site.
It is administered by the US Departement of State (DOS).
There is NO charge if you enter on the official site.

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Numerical results DV-2018 Entries announced

The US Department of State issued the results of the drawing for the 2018 Visa Lottery. 

For DV-2018 in total 14,692,258 participants submitted a qualified entry (23,088,613 with derivatives). Approximately 115,968 of these entries were selected for further processing through the Kentucky Consular Centre (KCC). 

Selected Entrants can submit a Visa Application (apply for a Green Card). Every year 50,000 visas are made available for the Diversity Program. 

The larger number of “winners” should insure that all available Diversity Visas are issued during Fiscal Year 2018. Past experience shows that some of the first 50,000 Selected Entrants decides not to pursue a visa. The Visa Number is then used for the Selectee next in line. The place in line is given at random. 

To see the numbers of winners per Region and per Country:

travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-july-2017.html

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Developments on revised executive order

Prez Trump’s revised Executive Order (EO) is set to take effect next week on Thursday, March 16. The new EO bans citizens from 6 countries to travel into the US for 90 days, and bans refugees for 120 days from coming to the US.

The revised EO was released because the previous one was hit by a restraining order, issued by a judge in Washington State.

Washington is now requesting a Federal Judge to rule that the restraining order should also apply to the new EO. Two more states, Oregon and Minnesota, have joined this request.

The State of Hawaii has filed a lawsuit of its own, this one challenges the new EO itself. The judge in Hawaii has set a hearing for Wednesday, March 15.

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