Diversity Visa Program

Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2023

 

The statutorily mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, avails approximately 50.000 Diversity Visas (DVs) annually, worldwide. The winners are selected through a randomized computer drawing, for entrants from countries with low immigration rates to the United States within the last 5 years, including Uruguay.

The Diversity Visa Program registration period runs from 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, through Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. (local time). The registration must be done electronically through the official website https://dvprogram.state.gov during the registration period.

We encourage DV program entrants to apply early, since extremely heavy demand in the final days of the registration period may prevent some individuals from submitting entries.  Entries received after the registration period deadline, 2:00 p.m. on November 9, 2021, will not be accepted.

There is no cost to register for the DV Program.

In order for entrants to qualify they must:

  • Be individuals born in countries whose natives qualify.
  • At least have a high school education or its equivalent (bachillerato in Spanish) or two years of work experience (within the past five years) in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform (as stated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net Online database).

It’s very important to read the DV Program instructions carefully y follow them thoroughly.

Access the DV Program 2023 Instructions

Registrants my verify the status of their submission and check if they were selected in the lottery or not, as of May 8, 2022, by visiting http://dvprogram.state.gov.

Attention / Fraud Alert

Fraudulent internet sites pretend to be U.S. government official websites. Some of these fraudulent sites, have asked for money in order to complete the Diversity Visa Lottery forms.

This is why it’s very important to be aware of the fact that there is no cost to register for the DV Program.

In order to prevent fraud, we clarify that the only way in which you may register is through this website: https://dvprogram.state.gov/. It’s important to take into account that notifications will only be made through each applicant’s official account. Any notification received via email, telephone, etc., isn’t official and isn’t valid.

We urge applicants to avoid “visa consultants” who charge a fee, stating that, with their assistance, applicants may have more chances of being selected in the lottery. We DON’T work with “visa consultants” and there is NOTHING they can do to help applicants have more chances of being selected in the lottery.  

For more information in this regard visit the following links: State Department Fraud Warning and the Federal Trade Commission – DV Scam Alert.

If you have inquiries, you may contact us via email at MontevideoIV@state.gov.

Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Video Tutorial