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US Department of State Alert about Diversity Lottery Scam

VIA US Department of State

Department of State Warns of Impostor or Fraudulent Websites, Emails or Print Advertisements

How Do I Know if U.S. Visa Information Is Official and Correct?

The Department of State, Visa Services advises the public that only internet sites including the “.gov” indicator are official government websites, for our agency offices located in the United States. We are proud to have more than 200 U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. While many of these Embassy websites have the “.gov” indicator in their internet address, a number do not. The Department of State websites www.state.gov and travel.state.gov link directly to all U.S. Embassy websites abroad at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. You’ll find this link of both Department of State websites listed above. This is a useful way for the public to access Consular Section websites. Visa applicants are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer any assistance in obtaining U.S. visas. Please note the following:

Immigration Related Websites

Many other non-governmental websites (e.g., using the suffixes “.com,” “.org” or “.net”) provide legitimate and useful immigration and visa related information and services. If payment is requested for information from a non-governmental source, this payment is not received by the U.S. Government and does not apply towards a visa fee. Regardless of the content of other websites, the Department of State does not endorse, recommend or sponsor any information or material shown at these other websites. The information provided may not be correct or up-to-date so should always be verified independently.

Impostor or Fraudulent Websites and Email

A few other websites may try to mislead customers and members of the public into thinking they are official websites. These websites may have a U.S. flag or picture of an official U.S. Government building or famous U.S. person to mislead you into believing that the website is sponsored by the U.S. Government, when they are not. These websites may attempt to require you to pay for services such as forms and information about immigration procedures, which are otherwise free on the Department of State www.state.gov and travel.state.gov websites, or overseas through the Embassy websites. Also, on the Department of Homeland Security websites: www.uscis.govwww.cbp.gov and www.ice.gov, forms and information are available free of charge. Additionally, these other websites may require you to pay for services you will not receive. These web sites may contact you by email to lure you to take advantage of their false offer to get a U.S. Visa. Additionally, be wary of sending any personal information, since these sites may even be
used to gather personal information that could result in identity fraud or theft.

Diversity Visa(DV) Lottery Programs and Scams

There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as official U.S. Government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to “complete” lottery entry forms. To learn more, please see theFederal Trade Commission Warning. The only official way to apply for the DV lottery is directly through the official U.S. Department of State Website during the specified and limited-time registration period.

Entrants who completed online DV 2011 entries between October 2, 2009 and November 30, 2009 and who were selected in the random drawing are notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center by letter.  Entrants can also check the status of their entries by returning to the website athttp://www.dvlottery.state.gov from July 1, 2010 until June 30, 2011. Entrants will need to use the information from their DV 2011 confirmation page saved at the time of DV entry.

Entrants who completed online DV 2012 entries will not receive notification letters from the Kentucky Consular Center, and must check the status of their entries by returning to the website at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov on or after May 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.

The Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center will not e-mail notifications to DV entrants informing them of their winning entry. No other organization or private company is authorized by the Department of State to notify Diversity Visa lottery applicants of their winning entry, or the next steps in the processing of applying for their visa.

International Scams

For more information about international scams involving internet dating, inheritance, work permits, overpayment, and money-laundering please visit ourInternational Financial Scams page.

How Do I Report Internet Fraud or Unsolicited Email?

If you wish to file a complaint about Internet fraud, please see the econsumer.gov website, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, which is a joint effort of consumer protection agencies from 17 nations athttp://www.econsumer.gov/english/ or go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). To file a complaint about unsolicited email, contact Department of Justice contact us page.

2008 Diversity Visa Lottery Registrations

Via US Department of State


Over 6.4 million entries for the 2008
Diversity Visa Lottery were received during the two-month electronic
registration period, from October 4, 2006, through December 3, 2006.
This is an increase from the more than 5.5 million applications
received in the 2007 Diversity Visa Lottery. Taking into account
dependents, there are more than 10 million participants in the 2008
Diversity Visa Lottery.

Most of the applications
were from Africa and Asia with 41 percent of the total from Africa, 38
percent from Asia, 19 percent coming from Europe, and 2 percent coming
from South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The largest
number of applicants came from Bangladesh (more than 1.7 million
applicants) followed by Nigeria (684,735) and Ukraine (619,584). The
number of winning entries by country will be available after the random
lottery process is conducted next year.

The electronic registration
process makes it easier for applicants to apply and continues to
increase the Department’s ability to screen against duplicate and other
fraudulent entries. Anti-fraud technology using facial recognition and
data mining will be used to eliminate duplicate cases.

Winners will be notified with
a letter mailed from the Kentucky Consular Center confirming the name,
date of birth, and country of chargeability for the registrant, as well
as a time/date stamp when entries were registered. Notification will be
sent to the winning entrants by mail only between April and July 2007
and will provide further instructions, including information on fees
connected with immigration to the United States.

There have been several
attempts to defraud Diversity Visa Lottery entrants. Lottery entrants
selected as winners in the Diversity Visa random drawing are notified
only by the Department of State’s Kentucky Consular Center. No other
organization or company is authorized by the Department of State to
contact winning entrants.


2006/1121


Released on December 15, 2006

U.S. Department of State – Priority Dates for Diversity Immigrant (DV) Category

Diversity Immigrant (DV)
Category


U.S. Department of State – Priority Dates
NOTE: This information has been obtained
from the Department of State visa bulletin.

OCTOBER 2006

Section 203(c) of the Immigration
and Nationality Act provides a maximum of up to 55,000 immigrant visas each
fiscal year to permit immigration opportunities for persons from countries
other than the principal sources of current immigration to the United States.
The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by Congress in
November 1997 stipulates that beginning with DV-99, and for as long as
necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated diversity visas will be
made available for use under the NACARA program. This reduction has resulted
in the DV-2007 annual limit being reduced to 50,000.
DV visas are divided
among six geographic regions. No one country can receive more than seven
percent of the available diversity visas in any one year.

For October, immigrant numbers in
the DV category are available to qualified DV-2007 applicants chargeable to all
regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is
shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank
numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

Region

All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed Separately

AFRICA

5,700
Except: Egypt
3,100

Ethiopia 3,500
Nigeria 2,700

ASIA

1,550

EUROPE

3,450

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)

4

OCEANIA

150

SOUTH AMERICA, and
the CARIBBEAN

225

Entitlement to immigrant status
in the DV category lasts only through the end of the fiscal (visa) year for
which the applicant is selected in the lottery. The year of entitlement for all
applicants registered for the DV-2007 program ends as of September 30, 2007. DV
visas may not be issued to DV-2007 applicants after that date. Similarly,
spouses and children accompanying or following to join DV-2007 principals are
only entitled to derivative DV status until September 30, 2007. DV visa availability
through the very end of FY-2007 cannot be taken for granted. Numbers could be
exhausted prior to September 30.

ADVANCE NOTIFICATION OF THE
DIVERSITY (DV) IMMIGRANT CATEGORY RANK CUT-OFFS WHICH WILL APPLY IN NOVEMBER

For November, immigrant numbers
in the DV category are available to qualified DV-2007 applicants chargeable to
all regions/eligible countries as follows. When an allocation cut-off number is
shown, visas are available only for applicants with DV regional lottery rank
numbers BELOW the specified allocation cut-off number:

Region

All DV Chargeability Areas Except Those listed Separately

AFRICA

8,500
Except: Egypt
5,600

Ethiopia 5,600
Nigeria 4,300

ASIA

2,600

EUROPE

5,700

NORTH AMERICA (BAHAMAS)

6

OCEANIA

280

SOUTH AMERICA, and
the CARIBBEAN

350

The US Department of State Announces 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration

09/22/2006

The US Department of State (DOS) announced that applications for the 2008 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery will be accepted between Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 12 pm EST and Sunday, December 3, 2006, 12 pm EST. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form online. Paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter since heavy demand may result in website delays.

Visit the DOS website for more information

Diversity Lottery 2007 has begun

The
Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes
available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually, drawn from random
selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility
requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United
States.

Please
Note: There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as
official U.S. Government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S.
Government have sought money in order to “complete” lottery entry
forms. There is no charge to download and complete the Electronic
Diversity Visa Entry Form. The Department of State notifies successful
Diversity Visa applicants by letter, and NOT by email. To learn more
see the Department of State Warning and the Federal Trade Commission Warning.

As you apply to come to the U.S., please take a moment to visit our Rewards For Justice program website to see how you can help in the continuing efforts for “secure borders” and “open doors.”

Click on the links for information on the Diversity Visa Program.

2007 Diversity Visa Lottery Instructions
DV 2006 Results
List of Occupations
KCC Information

Diversity Visa Lottery 2006 (DV-2006) Results

The
Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky has registered and
notified the winners of the DV-2006 diversity lottery. The diversity
lottery was conducted under the terms of section 203(c) of the
Immigration and Nationality Act and makes available *50,000 permanent
resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of
immigration to the United States. Approximately 90,000 applicants have
been registered and notified and may now make an application for an
immigrant visa. Since it is likely that some of the first *50,000
persons registered will not pursue their cases to visa issuance, this
larger figure should insure that all DV-2006 numbers will be used
during fiscal year 2006 (October 1, 2005 until September 30, 2006).

Applicants
registered for the DV-2005 program were selected at random from over
6.3 million qualified entries received during the 60-day application
period that ran from 12:00 AM on November 5, 2004, until midnight,
January 7, 2005. The visas have been apportioned among six geographic
regions with a maximum of seven percent available to persons born in
any single country. During the visa interview, principal applicants
must provide proof of a high school education or its equivalent, or
show two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at
least two years of training or experience within the past five years.
Those selected will need to act on their immigrant visa applications
quickly. Applicants should follow the instructions in their
notification letter and must fully complete the information requested.

Registrants
living legally in the United States who wish to apply for adjustment of
their status must contact the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration
Services for information on the requirements and procedures. Once the
total *50,000 visa numbers have been used, the program for fiscal year
2006 will end. Selected applicants who do not receive visas by
September 30, 2006 will derive no further benefit from their DV-2006
registration. Similarly, spouses and children accompanying or following
to join DV-2006 principal applicants are only entitled to derivative
diversity visa status until September 30, 2006.

Only
participants in the DV-2006 program who were selected for further
processing have been notified. Those who have not received notification
were not selected. They may try for the upcoming DV-2007 lottery if
they wish. The dates for the registration period for the DV-2007
lottery program will be widely publicized during August 2005.

*
The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) passed by
Congress in November 1997 stipulated that up to 5,000 of the 55,000
annually-allocated diversity visas be made available for use under the
NACARA program. The reduction of the limit of available visas to 50,000
began with DV-2000.

The following is the statistical breakdown by foreign-state chargeability of those registered for the DV-2006 program:

AFRICA

ALGERIA

1,377

ERITREA

672

ANGOLA

21

ETHIOPIA

6,995

BENIN

328

GABON

26

BOTSWANA

11

GAMBIA, THE

127

BURKINA FASO

164

GHANA

 3,880

BURUNDI

60

GUINEA

 249

CAMEROON

1,639 

GUINEA-BISSAU

3

CAPE VERDE

2

KENYA

2,827

CENTRAL AFRICAN REP.

10

LESOTHO

0

CHAD

30

LIBERIA

695

COMOROS

3

LIBYA

51

CONGO

149

MADAGASCAR

22

CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE

665

MALAWI

27

COTE D’IVOIRE

374

MALI

99

DJIBOUTI

12

MAURITANIA

31

EGYPT

6,439

MAURITIUS

8

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

MOROCCO

5,980

NAMIBIA 5

MOZAMBIQUE

6  

NIGER

62

SOUTH AFRICA

311

NIGERIA

6,191

SUDAN

805

RWANDA

26

SWAZILAND

9

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

2

TANZANIA

251

SENEGAL

280

TOGO

2,138

SEYCHELLES

4

TUNISIA

122

SIERRA LEONE

555

UGANDA

190

SOMALIA

221

ZAMBIA

99

 

 

ZIMBABWE

157

 

ASIA

AFGHANISTAN

52

MALAYSIA

55

BAHRAIN

0

MALDIVES

0

BANGLADESH

5,456

MONGOLIA

 141

BHUTAN

3

NEPAL 

1,934

BRUNEI

1

NORTH KOREA

0

BURMA

659

OMAN 

3

CAMBODIA

107

QATAR

7

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMIN. REGION

83

SAUDI ARABIA

55

INDONESIA

263

SINGAPORE

40

IRAN

934

SRI LANKA

387

IRAQ

84

SYRIA

47

ISRAEL

116

THAILAND

76

JAPAN

336

TAIWAN

353

JORDAN

81

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

30

KUWAIT

15

YEMEN

47

LAOS

0

   

LEBANON

108

   

 

EUROPE

ALBANIA

2,504

GEORGIA

331

ANDORRA 

0

GERMANY

998

ARMENIA

757

GREECE

68

AUSTRIA

62

HUNGARY

152

AZERBAIJAN

196

ICELAND

13

BELARUS

698

IRELAND

145

BELGIUM

28

ITALY

210

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

70

KAZAKHSTAN 

244

BULGARIA

2,131

KYRGYZSTAN 

132

CROATIA

42

LATVIA

97

CYPRUS

18

LIECHTENSTEIN

0

CZECH REPUBLIC

104

LITHUANIA

488

DENMARK 

43

LUXEMBOURG

0

ESTONIA

44

MACEDONIA, FORMER YUGOSLAV REP. OF

202

FINLAND

61

MALTA

7

FRANCE

340

MOLDOVA

285

FRENCH POLYNESIA 

1

MONACO

1

MARTINIQUE

1

NETHERLANDS

105

REUNION

1

SLOVENIA

5

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

8

SPAIN

61

NORTHERN IRELAND

63

SWEDEN

110

NORWAY

30

SWITZERLAND

139

POLAND

3,416

TAJIKISTAN

42

PORTUGAL

28

TURKEY

1,357

MACAU

5

TURKMENISTAN

76

ROMANIA

1,716

UKRAINE

5,269

SAN MARINO

0

UZBEKISTAN

1,346

SERBIA & MONTENEGRO

507

VATICAN CITY

0

SLOVAKIA

223

   

 

NORTH AMERICA

BAHAMAS, THE

12

 

 

 

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA

837

NAURU

7

CHRISTMAS ISLANDS

4

NEW ZEALAND

292

FIJI

757

COOK ISLANDS

0

KIRIBATI

5

NIUE

5

MARSHALL ISLAND

0

PALAU

1

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF

7

PAPUA NEW GUINEA 

10

SAMOA

11

TUVALU

8

SOLOMON ISLAND

0

VANUATU

0

TONGA

171

 

 

 

SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

1

DOMINICA

3

ARGENTINA

134

ECUADOR

285

BARBADOS

5

GRENADA

2

BELIZE

8

GUATEMALA

28

BOLIVIA

205

GUYANA

36

BRAZIL

377

HONDURAS

29

CHILE

35

NICARAGUA

32

COSTA RICA

34

PANAMA 

24

CUBA

584

PARAGUAY

6

PERU

2,197

SURINAME

4

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

3

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

120

SAINT LUCIA 

2

URUGUAY

15

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

3

VENEZUELA

266

Natives
of the following countries were not eligible to participate in DV-2006:
Canada, China (mainland-born, excluding Hong Kong S.A.R., and Taiwan),
Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica,
Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom
(except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

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