The DV 2025 Diversity Visa Program is set to open from October 4 to November 7, 2023. This program provides an opportunity for individuals from countries with low U.S. immigration rates to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa if they meet the eligibility requirements. Here are some important tips for applying to the DV-2025 program:
Tip #1: Read the instructions at dvprogram.state.gov to determine if you qualify. Only enter if you meet the qualifications.
Tip #2: Rely only on U.S. government websites. Websites ending in “.gov” are the official sources of DV-2025 information.
Tip #3: Use dvprogram.state.gov to submit your entry. This is the ONLY official way to enter. Beware of scams and fraudulent sites.
Tip #4: There is NO fee to enter. Be cautious of anyone who claims they can improve your chances for payment or offers to complete your application for free.
Tip #5: Use a photo taken within the last six months. Using an old photo will disqualify you.
Tip #6: Submit only ONE entry per person. Multiple entries per person in one DV season will result in disqualification.
Tip #7: Include your spouse and ALL unmarried children under 21 in your application, even if they won’t be traveling with you. Incorrect or missing information can lead to disqualification.
Tip #8: Keep your unique confirmation number. You’ll need it to check your entry status when selections are made in May 2024.
Tip #9: Selections will be made in May 2024. Check your status ONLY on dvprogram.state.gov/ESC. Be cautious of letters or emails announcing selection; these are scams.
Tip #10: Being selected doesn’t guarantee an interview or a visa.
Remember, there is NO fee to enter the DV-2025 program. Anyone claiming to improve your chances for payment is not legitimate. DV selection is random, and you can only submit one entry per person at dvprogram.state.gov between 12:00 p.m. EDT on October 4 and 12:00 p.m. EST on November 7, 2023.
Countries and areas whose natives are not eligible for DV-2025 due to high immigration rates in the previous five years include Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including mainland and Hong Kong), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Venezuela, and Vietnam. However, natives of Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible, and the United Kingdom and its dependent territories are also eligible for DV-2025.
Make sure to refer to the official DV-2025 Program Instructions on dvprogram.state.gov for the most accurate and up-to-date information.