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Visa Lottery

U.S. Department of State 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration: Russia is eligible

For DV-2012, no countries have been added or removed from the previous year’s list of eligible countries, and, therefore, Russia is on the list.

Entries for the DV-2012 DV lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 5, 2010, and noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Applicants may access the electronic DV Entry Form (E-DV) at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. 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 noon, EDT, on November 3, 2010.

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 and provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants.” Section 203(c) of the INA provides a maximum of 55,000 Diversity Visas (DV) each fiscal year to be made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States .  For fiscal year 2012, 50,000 DVs will be available.

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

For DV-2012, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the previous five years:


Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

The Department of State implemented the electronic registration system beginning with DV-2005 in order to make the Diversity Visa process more efficient and secure. Special technology and other means are used to identify those who commit fraud for the purposes of illegal immigration or those who submit multiple entries.

The computer will randomly select individuals from among all qualified entries. All Diversity Visa (DV- 2012) entrants. Selectees will be notified of their selection through the Entry Status Check available starting May 1, 2011 at the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov. Selectees will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions, including information on fees connected with immigration to the United States. Those selected in the random drawing are NOT notified of their selection by e-mail. Those individuals NOT selected will be notified of their non-selection through the web-based Entry Status Check. U.S. embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees. DV-2012 visas will be issued between October 1, 2011, and September 30, 2012.

In DV-2012, for the first time, those who submit entries will be required to go to the E-DV website Entry Status Check to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV lottery or to find out they have not been selected. Entry Status Check will be the ONLY means by which selectees will be notified of their selection for DV-2012. Successful entrants will not receive notification letters by mail.

For detailed information about entry requirements, along with frequently asked questions about the DV lottery, please see the instructions for the DV-2010 Diversity Visa lottery on the Department's Consular Affairs Website at
http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html .

DV-lottery is a great chance for many people (whether they are currently in the US or out of the US) to adjust their status to permanent residency. Please note, that it is critical to follow the requirements for DV-lottery entry in order to successfully submit your application. Our professionals will provide you with careful assistance in submitting your DV-lottery application. We at National Capital Legal Services wish you a good luck!