Diversity Visa: DV Visa
Each year, the State Department conducts a Diversity Visa lottery to distribute applications for 50,000 immigrant visas. Winners are selected randomly, and there is no fee to enter the lottery. Winners are eligible to apply for a diversity visa which can be used to enter the U. S. and become a legal permanent resident (aka green card holder).
For more information on the diversity visa program, please visit www.dvlottery.state.gov , the dedicated webpage by the Department of State.
DV instruction in Mongolian language (PDF 478KB)
Fee: While there is no initial fee for entering the DV Lottery, lottery winners must pay a non-refundable fee of $330 for each application at the U.S. Embassy. Be sure you qualify before you apply since no application fees will be returned if the lottery winner is unable to meet all education, training, medical, security and criminal record requirements.
Protect Yourself from Fraud
A lot of businesses and individuals take advantage of people who wish to live and work in the US. Protect yourself – know the facts:
- There’s no charge to enter the green card lottery. You can enter on your own at the State Department’s Web site http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/.
- No one can improve your chance of winning.
- Selection of entries is random. It is impossible to for you or other people to manipulate the lottery.
- Submit only one entry. If you submit more than one within one year, you will be disqualified.
- The Department of State wants to emphasize that the Bureau of Consular Affairs never provides notification of DV selection via e-mail. Selection notification has, in the past been made via mail or a delivery service. For DV-2015, notification of selection will only be made through Entry Status Check on the E-DV website http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/.
- The Department of State will only send an e-mail to selected applicants who have responded to the notification information on Entry Status Check. This e-mail will simply alert such applicants that details of their immigrant visa appointment are available on Entry Status Check. E-mail communications will not provide selectee notification, will not direct recipients to pay fees, will not provide application instructions, and will not detail visa interview dates and times.
- The use of outside entities to assist in the Diversity Visa process is not only an unnecessary expense, but incorrect information is often entered, resulting in the Lottery entry being disqualified or the visa application being denied should the individual be selected to apply for a visa.
- In the past, some unscrupulous visa facilitators have been known to substitute their own addresses for the Lottery entrants' addresses without their knowledge. If an individual was selected in the DV Lottery, the notification letter of selection would then go to the facilitator and not to the selectee. The facilitator would subsequently demand money or require illegal action on the part of the selectee in order for the selectee to obtain the notification package.
- The State Department has dedicated units that work with Internet providers to try to stop these scams.
Please consult our fraud warning for further information about internet scams at http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1749.html
If you wish to file a complaint about fraud relating to visas or the diversity visa program, please email us at: UlaanbaatarFPU@state.gov.
- For immigrant visa-related questions, email us at UlaanbaatarIV@state.gov
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