Diversity Visa Program
Diversity Visa Program
Successful DV applicants are notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) by letter, NOT email and are provided instructions on how to proceed to the next step in the process. The KCC will not ask you to send money to them or to this Embassy or any other U.S. Embassy by mail or by services such as Western Union.
Important Notice for Diversity Visa (DV) 2012 Entrants: Successful entrants are encouraged to send in their required documents to the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) immediately, so that an interview appointment at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or consulate can be scheduled before the program ends. In order for an appointment to be scheduled with either a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, entrants must first submit the Form DSP-122 and Form DS-230 to KCC. Embassies and consulates only have a limited number of appointments each month, including September, for DV applicants, so it is vital that successful entrants mail these documents to KCC very soon.
DV 2012 ends on September 30, 2012. In addition, if all of the 50,000 DV visas have been issued before that date, the program will end. U.S. Embassies and Consulates only have six months left to issue visas to eligible applicants in the DV 2012 program. Successful entrants should act now. DV-2012 visas cannot be issued after September 30, 2012. Participants are reminded to check the status of their DV entry through Entrant Status Check http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/, using the confirmation numbers they received when they initially submitted their applications.
Please refer to the instructions you received on the entrant status check website for directions on submitting your documents.
If you have received an email notifying you that your application for the Diversity Visa Program has been successful and that in order to proceed with your application you are required to send money to a named individual at a U.S. Embassy, you are a victim of a scam. Successful DV applicants are notified by the Department of State, Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) and for DV-2012 and onwards, through the online Entry Status check as stated above. No other organization or private company is authorized by the Department of State to notify DV applicants of their winning entry, or the next steps in the processing of applying for their visa.
Alert: Fraudulent Emails Regarding the Diversity Visa Lottery Application Process
The U.S. Embassy in Turkey wishes to warn the public about a series of fraudulent emails allegedly sent on behalf of the U.S. Department of State about the Diversity Visa Application Process.
The Consular Section would like to highlight some important points about the Diversity Visa Lottery:
- Diversity Visa notifications are not sent via e-mail. Any e-mails which state that you have won the lottery or a green card are not legitimate. Diversity Visa lottery entrants can check the status of their online application free of charge by visiting our website . If a third party made the application for you, you should ask for the entry number.
- The only visa application process that is available online is the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery and the only official way to apply for the DV lottery is directly through the official website during the specified and limited-time registration period. Winning the lottery will give you a chance to apply for an immigrant visa. You can only become a permanent resident after being admitted to the US with your immigrant visa.
- Only internet sites ending in the ".gov" indicator are official U.S. government websites. If you receive any e-mail from an address that ends in “.com”, “.net”, “.org,” or anything other than “.gov,” please be aware that it is not a legitimate e-mail from the U.S. Embassy or the Department of State.
- Some websites try to mislead the public into thinking they are sponsored by the U.S. Government by including a U.S. flag or picture of a U.S. Government building. They are not official U.S. websites. These fraudulent websites may require you to pay for services that are otherwise free on the Department of State and Travel websites.
- If you wish to file a complaint about Internet fraud, please see the econsumer.gov website, hosted by the US Federal Trade Commission or go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)