Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sep 28, 2017:- The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is pleased to announce that the 2019 Diversity Visa (DV) Program registration will open at 7:00pm locally (GMT +3) on Tuesday October 3, 2017 and will close at 7:00pm locally (GMT +3) on Tuesday November 7, 2017. Ethiopian citizens are among those eligible to participate.
Each year the United States administers the Diversity Visa Immigrant Program from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For the 2019 program, 50,000 DVs will be available worldwide and no more than seven percent of the total visas available can go to nationals of any one country. Only electronic applications are accepted. For complete information and to register, applicants must go to dvlottery.state.gov
U.S. immigration law requires that every DV winner must at least complete a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to completion of a 12-year course of study in the United States. In Ethiopia, an ESLCE (12th grade) or Higher Education Entrance Qualification certificate showing at least five passing grades, or a university degree are sufficient. Vocational training in Ethiopia – known as TVET – cannot be considered a substitute for high school education and does not meet the education criteria for DV eligibility. In some cases, applicants may substitute have two years of recent work experience in certain limited fields. Applicants should visit onetonline.org to see if they qualify for a DV based on their work experience.
The U.S. Embassy encourages applicants to apply on their own although applicants are allowed to have someone else submit on their behalf. No matter who completes the form, the applicant is responsible for ensuring their applications are complete. Entries that are not correct or complete may be disqualified. It is free to register for the program, but each applicant may only submit one entry and multiple entries will result in disqualification. Entrants who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.
Interested applicants are warned to beware of fraudulent offers to “help” them obtain a Diversity Visa. The selection process is random and there is no way for an outside actor to influence the selection. Similarly, there are no fees related to submitting an entry. The only time applicants will need to pay a fee is if they are selected for an interview.
The State Department will only notify entrants of their selection and visa interview appointment via the DV Lottery website. The Department will not send selectee notification or appointment letters to successful entrants by regular mail or by email any such communications are fraudulent. Starting May 1, 2018 entrants may enter their DV-2019 entry confirmation number in the Entrant Status Check, available at dvlottery.state.gov, to determine whether their entry was selected. Checking your status multiple times does not increase the likelihood that you will be selected.
We wish all applicants the best of luck for the 2019 DV Lottery.
Remarks by Manav Jain, Deputy Consul General at Press Conference 2019 U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration
Satchmo Center, U.S. Embassy
Thursday, September 28, 2017
(As prepared for delivery)
Important points and cautions that applicants should consider during the Diversity Visa application process,
Applicants must meet the minimum educational and/or work requirements in order to qualify for a visa. Applicants should read the Diversity Visa Program Instructions carefully to be sure that they have the required educational and work experience to qualify for a visa. The application fee is not refundable. In addition; you may prevent a qualified person’s chance. If you don’t qualify, don’t apply!
There is NO FEE to enter the Diversity Visa lottery. DV ENTRY IS FREE TO ALL! You do not need to pay an agent to enter the Diversity Visa program. Requests to send money to a third party are fraudulent. Only DV winners will pay fees at the U.S. Embassy at the time of their
interview. There are no other fees to be paid outside of the Embassy.
No one can help you get a visa under the DV lottery, it is a random selection. Any offers to help you obtain a visa through this process for money are fraudulent.
Make sure your DV application is completely correct! Inaccurate information on your application will result in automatic disqualification. Make sure your name, date of birth and all other required information pertaining to you and your family are correctly entered in your original
dv application. Make sure the photos attached to your application are your photos. If you use an internet café or other service to help you enter the diversity visa program, make sure the information is exactly correct and there are no mistakes.
You must list all immediate family members (spouse and children under 21) on your application, even if you do not plan to take them with you to the U.S. List all children who are
For further information, call 011-130-7033 http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov under 21 – even if they do not live with you; even if you do not plan to take them to America.
Failure to list your spouse and all Children will result in automatic disqualification. If you are not married when you enter the DV program, and your name is selected for an nterview, DO NOT be persuaded to marry a stranger for money so that they can also get a Diversity Visa. This is the most common form of Diversity Visa fraud and it results in both the principal applicant and the spouse being denied visas and banned from entering the US for life. Be smart. Don’t do it!
Nobody can guarantee you a Diversity Visa. If someone tells you they can guarantee you a DV, they are not telling you the truth. Do not waste your money or your chance to get a Diversity Visa by falling prey to offers from people who say they can guarantee you a visa.
Do not commit fraud of any kind when entering the DV program. The people who commit fraud will be denied visas and can be permanently barred from traveling to the United States.
Visas are limited! Not everyone who receives a Congratulations Letter will get an interview and a visa. Winners are given interview dates in the order in which their entries were selected. It is very important that all DV applicants have all their documentation in order when they come in or an interview. If documents are not complete and the applicant has to return later, it can reduce the chances of getting a visa. Once the global quota of number has been issued, there are no more visas under the DV program.
The DV visa fee is NOT REFUNDABLE. The fee is for processing your application regarding of outcome. Refunds are not granted even if you are denied the visa. If you don’t qualify, don’t apply!
The DV program requires successful completion of a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to completion of a 12-year course in the United States. In Ethiopia, the following are acceptable as proof of education:
An ESLCE (12th grade) or Higher Education Entrance Qualification certificate showing at least five passing grades (A to D), or
o Technical and Vocational programs (TVET) don’t meet the educational requirements of the DV
Not all work experience counts towards getting a Diversity Visa. If you do not have the minimum educational requirements to qualify for a DV, it is sometimes possible to use work experience to supplement education. However, qualified work experience requirements are very
specific and few jobs count toward these requirements. Consult the guide at http://online.onetcenter.org to see if your job experience qualifies.
Applicants must submit a recent photo taken within the last six months that is compliant with specifications published in the DV-2019 Instructions. Entries that include the same photo submitted with a previous year’s entry or that do not meet specifications will be disqualified.
The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. Entrants who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.
Submission of false documents or false information will automatically disqualify you for a Diversity Visa. Do not risk your chance to go to the United States by submitting fake documents or information. Diversity Visas are limited! Help us limit the chances of this happening to you. If
you have information about fraudulent activities, Please contact FPMAddis@state.gov. The information you provide will be kept confidential.
An interview does not guarantee a visa. Do not make travel plans, quit employment, sell belongings or make other irreversible life changes until you have an approved visa in your hands.
The department again will use web-based tools to notify entrants of their selection and visab interview appointment as part of ongoing efforts to combat fraud perpetrated against dv entrants. The department will not send selectee notification or appointment letters to successful
entrants by regular mail or by email. starting May 1, 2018 entrants may enter their dv-2019 entry confirmation number into the entrant status check, available at dvlottery.state.gov, Please refer to the dv-2019 instructions at usvisas.state.gov/dv/instructions for complete program
rules and answers to frequently asked questions from entrants.
We want you to tell the public that, the department of State will use web-based tools to notify entrants of their selection and visa interview appointment as part of ongoing efforts to combat fraud perpetrated against dv entrants. The department will not send selectee notification or appointment letters to successful entrants by regular mail or by email. Please ignore any selection notification by mail or email, it’s totally fraud.