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2013 U.S. Green Card Lottery-Your ticket to America

Harare, October 3, 2011 — The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe  announced on Tuesday October 4th as the opening of the one-month registration period for the DV-2013 Diversity Visa lottery.   The Congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and is commonly known as the “Green Card Lottery.”  For the DV-2013 program, 50,000 immigration visas will be made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States, including Zimbabwe. 

There is no charge to complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form, and there is only ONE official website: www.dvlottery.state.gov  The Diversity Visa Lottery will not notify applicants by email and will not ask for payment. 

 

In the DV-2012 program, 142 Zimbabweans were selected.  These applicants and their eligible family members are being processed through the U.S. Embassy in Harare for immigration to the United States of America.  Changes in the DV-2013 process include new DV eligibility for natives of South Sudan and Poland, while Bangladesh natives are now ineligible.  

 

Entries for the DV-2013 Diversity Visa lottery can only be submitted electronically.  It is not possible to mail or submit paper entries.  The registration period for the DV-2013 program begins at 0600 Zimbabwe time, Tuesday, October 4, 2011, and ends at 0600 Zimbabwe time, Saturday, November 5, 2011.  Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) and submit their entries FREE OF CHARGE at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period.  Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter.  Heavy demand may result in website delays.  No entries will be accepted after 0600 Saturday, November 5, 2011.

 

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have completed secondary education or be employed in a qualifying profession, and include their spouse and all unmarried children under 21 years of age on the application.  Failure to meet the education requirement or failure to include all children in an entry will result in disqualification.  For detailed information about entry requirements, along with frequently asked questions about the DV lottery, please see the instructions for the DV-2013 DV lottery available at www.dvlottery.state.gov  or write to consularharare@state.gov.

 

There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as official U.S. Government sites.  Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to “complete” lottery entry forms. There is no charge to complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form, and there is only ONE official website: www.dvlottery.state.gov

 

The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting simple but strict eligibility requirements.  A computer-generated, random lottery drawing chooses selectees for DVs.  The visas are distributed among six geographic regions with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration and no visas going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the period of the past five years.  Within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.

 

Beginning this year, applicants will be given a confirmation number after successfully submitting their application.  After May 1, 2012, they will be able to check the status of their entry through the Entry Status Check on the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov in order to discover whether or not they were selected.

 

Diversity Visa 2013 timeline:

 

04-Oct-2011                  05-Nov-2011

 

01-May-2012                 01-Oct-2012

  • Applicants can check the status of their entry at www.dvlottery.state.govusing their confirmation number.
  • Fraud Alert: The Diversity Visa Lottery will not notify applicants by email and will not ask for payment.  The only place to check the status of your entry is at the website above.

 

01-Oct-2012                  30-Sep-2013

  • Applicants selected for the Diversity Visa can submit their applications at the U.S. Embassy in Harare. 

 

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Issued by the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section.

 

Comments and queries should be addressed to Sharon Hudson-Dean, Public Affairs Officer. E-mail: hararepas@state.gov  Tel. +263 4 758800-1, Fax: 758802. 

 

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