Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV)
Please Note: Dishonest agencies in Phnom Penh have been extorting money from winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery (DV) program. These companies have assisted Cambodians to apply for the DV programs and later charged the winners outrageous fees. Winners DO NOT have to pay money to receive their case number and are warned not to pay high fees to brokers.
People and organizations that claim they can help procure a U.S. visa in exchange for a high fee are dishonest; only a U.S. consular officer at the Embassy can adjudicate a visa application. Applicants are also warned not to enter into fake marriages or use fake documents when applying for a visa: those who do so will be disqualified and be permanently ineligible for a visa to the United States. Please contact the U.S. Embassy at IVPhnomPenh@state.gov if you are being extorted by a local broker or to report visa scams, fraud, malfeasance, and other illegal activity involving nonimmigrant and immigrant visas.
There have also 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 complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. Please visit State Department Travel site for further details.
2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017)
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV), commonly known as the "Green Card Lottery,” provides 50,000 permanent residence visas each year by random selection to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Eligibility to apply for the program is determined by a person’s place of birth, not citizenship or residence.
The Diversity Visa (DV) 2017 program will begin October 1 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)(GMT-4), and will conclude November 3 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time(EDT)(GMT-4). Entries for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program must be submitted electronically at www.dvlottery.state.gov. Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted. The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period and individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified. There is no cost to register for the DV program.
Click here to see the Diversity Visa Program Instructions webpage for DV-2017.
Successful DV entrants must meet education, work, and other requirements before they are eligible to receive a visa. Every DV entrant must have at least:
- A high school education or its equivalent; or
- Two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years' training or experience.
To learn more about qualifying occupations, see Diversity Visa - List of Occupations.
Please be advised that there has been a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa (DV) program applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. Applicants are encouraged to review the rules and procedures for the DV program so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom.
In addition, there are many businesses operating as visa facilitators, visa agents, or visa coordinators that advertise services for assistance with submission of DV entries. The use of outside entities to assist in the DV process is not necessary, and any incorrect information in the entry made by the outside entity may result in disqualification or denial of the visa application even if the individual is initially selected to apply for a visa.
Some visa facilitators have assisted entrants with their entries, retained the confirmation page, and then demanded more money in exchange for essential information on the confirfmation page. Some facilitators have even required illegal action on the part of the selectee in order for the selectee to obtain the notification package. If entrants do use assistance to complete the entry, they should take steps to ensure they receive and retain the unique confirmation number contained in the confirmation page at the end of the entry process.
For DV-2016, notification and visa appointment letters will not be sent by mail, in order to prevent fraud. While DV-2016 applicants may receive an email from the U.S. government reminding them to check their status online through DV Entrant Status Check, the Department of State never uses email to notify entrants that they have been selected for the DV Program. Applicants can only find out if they were selected to continue with DV processing by checking their status online through the DV Entrant Status Check. Our email communications will not provide selectee notification, will not direct recipients to pay fees, will not provide application instructions, and will not detail visa interview dates and times.
Please also remember that fees for the DV application process are paid to the U.S. Embassy cashier at the time of your scheduled appointment. The U.S. government will never ask you to send payment in advance by check, money order, or wire transfer.
You should not believe any email claiming that you have been selected to apply for a visa under the DV program. These malicious emails are sent by criminal operators who seek to defraud individuals of their money. If you receive such a notification, pass it to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The State Department has dedicated units that work with internet providers to try to stop these scams.
If you wish to file a complaint about internet fraud, please visit econsumer.gov, a joint effort of consumer protection agencies from 17 nations, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission. You can also visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) website. To file a complaint about unsolicited email, contact the Department of Justice.