U.S. Diversity Visa 2013 Opens on Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The United States Consulate General Curacao announces the Diversity Visa (Visa Lottery) Program for 2013. The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting simple, but strict, eligibility requirements.


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Entries for the DV-2013 program must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 4, 2011, and noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Saturday, November 5, 2011. 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. We strongly encourage applicants 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 Saturday, November 5, 2011.

There are NO COSTS or FEES to register for the DV Program. The U.S. Government employs no outside consultants or private services to operate the DV program. Any intermediaries or others who offer assistance to prepare an application do so without the authority or consent of the U.S. Government.

To enter the DV program, participants must be natives of one of the eligible countries and must meet either the education or work experience requirement of the DV program. The law and regulations require that every entrant must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have, within the past five years, two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience. The U.S. Department of Labor’s database O*NET Online (http://www.onetonline.org ) will be used to determine qualifying work experience.

Before submitting their application entrants are advised to carefully consult the detailed instructions of the program which may be found via the United States Consulate General webpage at http://curacao.usconsulate.gov/immigrant_visas2.html  as well as the Department of State webpage at http://travel.state.gov/  

All entrants, including those NOT selected, may check the status of their entry through the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website at www.dvlottery.state.gov  and find out if their entry was or was not selected. Entrants must keep their own confirmation page information from the

time of their entry until at least June 30, 2013. Status information for DV-2013 will be available online from May 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. Entrant Status Check will be the sole means by which DV-2013 entrants are notified of their selection or non-selection. The Department of State will not be mailing out notification letters. 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 Entrant Status Check. U.S. embassies and consulates will not provide a list of selectees.

Should you receive an e-mail notification or a mailed letter about your E-DV selection, be aware that the notification is not legitimate. The Department of State will not ask you to send money by mail or by any other electronic transfer services.