What to do after winning the EDV lottery?

What to do after winning the EDV lottery?

Okay, admit it, most of you all have thought of, or already applied EDV lottery. And not everyone is lucky enough to win the lottery. But for the ones that have won the lottery might not know the further procedure. Don’t worry, this article will help you guide through the procedures after winning the EDV lottery.

So, first, let me make you clear The Embassy or the Department of the State won’t email or notify the selected ones. The only you can check if you have been selected or not is through the Electronic Diversity Visa (EDV) website. Also, winning the EDV lottery will not guarantee you will receive a visa. To receive a DV to immigrate to the United States, selectees must still meet all eligibility requirements under U.S. law.


Confirm Your qualifications

So to get a DV (Diversity Visa), everyone must have a high school degree or two-year work experience as defined under provisions of U.S. law. High school degree will comply with completion of 12 years of formal education, including elementary and secondary education. And If you are qualifying with work experience, you must have two years of experience in the last five years. The experience should be in an occupation that is designated as Job Zone 4 or 5, classified in a Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) rating of 7.0 or higher by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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To find the qualifying occupation go to this link:

  • Under “Find Occupations”, select “Job Family”,
  • Then Browse by “Job Family”. (For example, select Education, Training and Library) and click “GO”,
  • Then click on the link for your specific occupation. (As an example, select Librarians. At the bottom of this Summary Report for Librarians, under the Job Zone section, you will find the SVP Range of 8.0 and above. This means using this example, Librarians is a qualifying occupation.)
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Submit your Immigrant Visa Application

The main applicant and the family members must complete Form DS-260. You will then need to enter your DV number into the online DS-260 form to access and update the information about yourself and your family members. If you have had a recent addition to your family (spouse and/or a child) you need to add new family members. But if you have not included your already present family members and wish to enter it now, that will be a problem.

On the Sign and Submit page of the DS-260, you should re-enter your DV case number without the zeros. Entering the full case number with zeros will generate a validation error.

After submitting the Form DS-260 online, print the confirmation page. You must bring the confirmation page to your visa interview.

ds-260 form

Submit Documents

After you fill your DS-260 form, you will get the guidelines to submit your and your family members documents. Your interview will not be scheduled until you submit the documents. If you cannot submit a particular document, you should email [email protected], explaining why you can’t get the document in .pdf or .jpeg format with your case number in the subject line. You should bring original documents in the interview.

Required Documents

  • Birth Certificate
  • Police Certificate (for applicants of 16 yrs or older)
  • Military Records (if served in the military)
  • Court and Prison Records (if convicted of any crime)
  • Photocopy of Valid Passport Biographic Data Page

 Confirmation of Interview

After filling the DS-260 form and submitting the documents, they will verify your application. Then, you may receive an e-mail from the Kentucky Consular Center to log into the Entrant Status Check on the Electronic Diversity Visa (EDV) website, using your DV entry confirmation number, to view the date, time and location of your interview. Print this information for the interview. All the family members that have applied and the main applicant must be present there at the interview.

Documents for Interview

  • Appointment information printed from the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website.
  • DS-260 confirmation page You can print this from the Consular Electronic Application Center after you complete your DS-260 application.
  • Passport(s) of the main applicant and each family member applying for a visa.
  • Two identical photos to the interview
  • Original documents or certified copies of civil documents mentioned above.
  • Medical Exam Results
  • English translations of your original documents
  • Visa Fees- $330 per person

After the interview

The embassy will inform you after your Interview.

Visa approval – When approved, you will be informed how and when your passport and visa will be returned to you.

Visa denial – If denied, you will be informed about why you are ineligible to receive a visa.

You can travel within the date in the Visa if it gets approved. Pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee of $220 per person after your Visa gets approved to get your Permanent Resident Card.

You children also need to clear all vaccinations before getting enrolled in a school in the U.S. Also have your X-rays as hand carry and not in luggage.

Those were the processes. We hope your visa gets approved and have a safe journey.

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